Memorials

America's national memorials commemorate historic people, places, and events. Enjoy the guided tours, films and exhibits that many memorials have to offer.

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Poverty Point National Monument

Three thousand years ago, Poverty Point was the center of the most advanced civilization north of the Rio Grande, and a site of massive earthen mounds that took years to construct. Learn more about Poverty Point National Monument.


'Witness Trees' Testify to History, Embody Hope for Visitors

Trees that survived horrific or important events provide strong emotional connections for visitors to the historic sites.

Mind-blowing Design Contest for Future National Memorials

According to Congress, there are too many memorials in the District of Columbia. Finalists in a new contest rethink our monuments for the digital age.

National Monuments

Fossil beds, ancient ruins and war monuments are just a few historic landmarks you'll explore on our National Monuments page. Find unique vacation spots, indulge your curiosity and learn some history as you plan your next trip.

Tonto National Monument

Tonto National Monument is the only National Park site dedicated to the Salado people of the Tonto basin, successors to the Hohokam settlers. Read about Tonto National Monument.

Tuzigoot National Monument

The prehistoric dwellings at Tuzigoot, like those at nearby Montezuma Castle, were built by Sinagua farmers. The Tuzigoot pueblo sprawls along an open ridge 120 feet above the Verde Valley. Check out Tuzigoot National Monument.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Between A.D. 1100 and 1250, the Sinagua built more than 300 small rooms of stone and mud into the limestone cliffs of Walnut Canyon. A rugged trail leads to the ruins of 24 cliff dwellings. Read more about Walnut Canyon National Monument.

Wupatki National Monument

WupatkiNational Monument, proclaimed in 1924, has more than 35,000 acres of archaeological ruins. The main ruin at Wupatki is a three-story pueblo. Read about Wupatki National Monument.

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is made up of 586000 acres of pristine Alaska wilderness. Still considered active Aniakchak is a volcanic area on which visitors can hike climb and explore the caldera's windswept plains cinder cones and lava fields.

Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Alaska's CapeKrusenstern continues to sustain native Eskimos, who hunt, fish, and trap within the monument's 660,000 acres, as they have done for thousands of years. Read about Cape Krusenstern National Monument.

Fossil Butte National Monument

Some 50 million years ago, Fossil Butte in Wyoming was submerged under a lake 50 miles long and 20 miles wide. Eventually the lake dried up, leaving behind the rock where the center of the lake once was. Check out Fossil Butte National Monument.