3 National Monuments You Might Not Know Existed

(RepublicanPress.org) – America is expansive and contains a variety of ecosystems, landscapes, and, of course, people. To help preserve the beauty and history of the United States, the government has established national parks and monuments to protect landmarks and stunning vistas. However, not all are popular destinations. Here are a few of the least visited monuments in the US.

The continental United States is not known for its volcanoes, but visitors can still find some if they look hard enough! Capulin Volcano National Monument is 200 miles northeast of Sante Fe, New Mexico, and has stunning plains surrounding Capulin Volcano. Don’t worry, though, the mountain has not erupted for over 50,000 years.

In 1924, the Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona was designated as a national monument, although there is a current push to bump it up to a national park. The stunning landscape was home to the Chiricahua Apaches, who roamed the volcanic ash hoodoos long before the US was a nation.

Most visitors to New York City head for Times Square, the Met, or try and grab a bagel in Brooklyn. Most miss out on the African Burial Ground national monument tucked in Manhattan. Designated in 2006, this monument is young by the country’s standards. It holds the remains of over 400 Africans, most of whom were enslaved, although more than 15,000 Africans were originally found during excavation for the Manhattan Civic Center.

These are just three hidden treasures of America. There are numerous more, including many preserved by private entities who chose to protect the land on their own terms.

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