Take a Road Trip to Our Three Newest National Monuments
There's kind of a sickening feeling when you’re deep into the summer, and all of a sudden, every weekend until October is spoken for. Cookouts, weddings, graduation parties—they all get in the way of the fact that all you really want to do is go away camping for the weekend. So if you manage to actually get away for a significant period of time this summer, one of these three, newly protected National Monuments might be worth a visit. The outdoor junkies over at Infinitely Wild have put together a terrific explainer of the three newest nationally protected sites. The three were bestowed with the title of National Monument by President Obama, under the Antiquities Act, bringing the total number of new monuments under Obama’s presidency to 19. Here are the latest trio: RELATED: See Photos of the Sealander; Part Boat, Part Camper Basin and Range
A two-hour drive north of Las Vegas will take you to this 704,000-acre protected space. It is very remote, and includes the Golden Gate, Seaman, and Mount Irish mountain ranges, but its main feature are the great basins framed by these mountains.
In those basins are crucial migration corridors for specific deer and antelope populations. The region is also home to many Native American ruins and artifacts. Perhaps the most unique feature is “City,” a gigantic sculpture that looks like an abandoned set from the filming of Stargate. And judging from the tire tracks, you need a respectable truck or 4x4 to get out there!
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This long, narrow corridor is made up of 331,000 acres of the California Inner Coast mountain range. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the state in terms of wildlife, and hunting and fishing will still remain open in this area.
The southern tip of the park is only 100 miles north of the Bay Area, and plenty of 4x4 trails will remain open.
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Ok so let’s get this out of the way–it is that Waco. This region is now protected to showcase the preserved remains of mammoths from 68,000 years ago. Scientists believe a flash flood killed the beasts, and the ensuing mud entombed them in time, preserving their bones. This happened several times through the years, and so the area is a hotbed for paleontologists—novice and pro, alike.
If any of these incredible protected areas have camping in or near them, perhaps it would be the perfect place to bring the Escape Traveler luxury camping trailer. Or take your big 4x4 out there to experience the three newest National Monuments.
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Photo Credits: LA Times
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