ARIZONA NATIONAL PARKS, MONUMENTS, AND FORESTS
The United States has 63 protected areas designated and known as national parks and 129 protected areas known as national monuments.
National Parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress. The president of the United States can establish a national monument by presidential proclamation, and the United States Congress can do so by legislation. The president’s authority arises from the Antiquities Act of 1906, which allows the president to proclaim “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” as national monuments.
National parks are designated for their natural beauty, unique geological features, diverse ecosystems, and recreational opportunities. National monuments, on the other hand, are frequently chosen for their historical or archaeological significance.
A bill creating the first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national monument, Devils Tower in Wyoming, on September 24, 1906.
The National Park Service, along with US Forest Service and US Bureau of Land Management, are responsible for the management and administering of US Public Lands. A complete list of those Parks, Monuments, and areas can be found here:
– National Park Service
– US Forest Service
– US Bureau of Land Management
|Name||National Park / Monument / Forest / Natural Landmark|
|Walnut Canyon National Monument||National Monument|
|Wupatki National Monument||National Monument|
|Coconino National Forest||National Forest|
|Sunset Volcano Crater National Monument||National Monument|
|Grand Canyon National Park||National Park|
|Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert||National Park|