Special Report

50 Most Popular National Monuments

Lava Fields of El Malpais
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45. El Malpais National Monument
> Average annual visitors: 139,287
> Location: New Mexico
> Established: 12/31/1987
> Purpose: Marks volcanic area and protects nearby ancient structures.

Theodore Roosevelt Island
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44. Theodore Roosevelt Island
> Average annual visitors: 151,257
> Location: Virginia
> Established: 10/27/1967
> Purpose: Honors America’s 26th president.

Kiva and Cliff Dwelling in New Mexico
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43. Bandelier National Monument
> Average annual visitors: 155,013
> Location: New Mexico
> Established: 2/11/1916
> Purpose: Protects remains of Pueblo Indians’ cliff houses and villages from the 1200s.

Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street in New York
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42. Federal Hall National Memorial
> Average annual visitors: 162,496
> Location: New York
> Established: 8/11/1955
> Purpose: Marks location of historical events including the drafting of the Bill of Rights.

Painted Hills National Monument
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41. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
> Average annual visitors: 166,427
> Location: Oregon
> Established: 10/26/1974
> Purpose: Protects a well-preserved fossil record of plants and animals.

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