Our national parks and monuments represent many of our country’s most popular and visited attractions. From the Going to the Sun Road to the Grand Canyon Overlook, these destinations draw millions of visitors from the U.S. and around the globe each year. Last week, the President once again used his executive powers to create 3 new national monuments which will protect the historic and natural uniqueness of these areas for generations to come. Coconut Club Vacations invites you to take a closer look at these three new destinations and what makes them unique.
Berryessa Snow Mountain
Considered one of the most biologically diverse landscapes and yet least known about in California, the Berryessa Snow Mountain is over 100 miles long and filled with recreational opportunities and diverse plants and animals. Located less than 100 miles the Bay Area and Sacramento Area, this site has long welcomed visitors in search of peace and the bounty of nature. Now, thanks to its new designation, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is assured a future of recreation, education and protection.
Waco Mammoth National Monument
The second of three new national monuments named recently is the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Just 5 acres in size, the site is located within a 100 plus acres of wooded park land which is situated along the Bosque River in Waco Texas. First discovered in 1978, this unique and historic site is different than any others. Unlike other mammoth finds, this location is actually home to a “nursery herd” of Pleistocene Mammoths. Since it’s discovery, it has provided insight into how mammoths raised their young and more. Closed to the public for decades, it opened to the public in 2009 thanks to the Waco Mammoth foundation and today, has become one of our latest National Monuments.
Basin and Range National Monument
Last on the list is the Basin and Range National Monument in the state of Nevada. Located just 2 hours from Las Vegas, this large over 700,000 acre site features more than just nature but history and culture as well. Encompassing deserts, mountains and valleys, this site also includes a rock art site, historic settlements from the 1800’s and archaeological sites as well. Pristine and remote, this site is home to some of the best examples of basins remaining in the Great Basin region. In addition, visitors enjoy the opportunity to see local plants and animals in their natural habitat.
Just three of hundreds of amazing national parks and monuments throughout the U.S., these and other sites are fun, unique and often very affordable as well. Find out what you have been missing and visiting a park or monument near you.