Yucca House National Monument

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Yucca House National Monument preserves one of the largest archaeological sites in southwestern Colorado. The ruin was first visited by William H. Holmes in 1875 with the US Geological Expedition. He named the piles of rubble, Aztec Springs, a result …

Chimney Rock National Monument

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Created by President Obama, on September 12, 2012, Chimney Rock National Monument consists of 4,726 acres in the San Juan National Forest of south central Colorado. The Monument preserves 200 ancient building sites of the Ancestral Puebloan people. Chimney Rock’s …

Dinosaur National Monument

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Located in northwestern Colorado and eastern Utah, Dinosaur National Monument protects more than 800 paleontological sites.  President Woodrow Wilson declared the monument on October 4, 1915. In 1938, the Monument expanded by over 200,000 acres to provide additional preservation and …

Colorado National Monument

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Le haut désert du Plateau du Colorado est exposée plein dans le parc, avec canyons de grès composées de couches de grès d’Entrada, Wingate et Kayenta. Le Monument offre une version condensée du pays grès qui est caractéristique du Plateau …

Gunnison Gorge NCA

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Located just to the north of Montrose and northeast of Delta, this National Conservation Area boasts 62,844 acres. Contained within the NCA is the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area, which preserves 17,784 acres of Colorado River corridor. Both the NCA and …

Dominguez- Escalante NCA

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Located just to the south of Highway 50, between Delta and Grand Junction, the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area consists of 210,172 acres of south to north red sandstone canyons which drop into the Colorado River.  Within the NCA is the …

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

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Located in western Mesa County and eastern Grand County in Utah, the McInnis Canyons National Conservation area has 123,400 acres, which includes 75,439 acres of the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area. This NCA was designated on October 24, 2000 with …

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument(americansouthwest.net) Canyons of the Ancients National Monument(americansouthwest.net) By the middle of the 8th century CE, the peoples called the Ancestral Puebloans moved into this area of south western Colorado. Beginning with clustered pit houses, which …

Hovenweep National Monument

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Hovenweep National Monument is located in Southwestern Colorado and Southeastern Utah, consisting of six groups of Ancestral Puebloan villages. Starting in the eleventh century, pueblo buildings at Hovenweep were built of stone with south facing windows. Over the next several …