What is a National Monument?

A National Monument (Monument) is a protected area that can be created from any land owned or controlled by the U.S. federal government by proclamation of the President of the United States.

A National Monument can be created in two ways. The President of the United States can proclaim a monument by the authority given by Congress under the American Antiquities Act of 1906 (Act link). A President’s authority under the Act has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court (the Court) a number of times. Monuments can also be created by an act of Congress. READ MORE>>

Why A National Monument?
A Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument (Monument) will help preserve this area’s uniquely rich beauty while protecting for future generations our American Southwestern prehistory. The wealth of archaeological treasures found here reveal the daily lives of those who populated the region 14,000 years ago. Here we can still see stacked stone houses and envision the daily lives of people who raised their families, worshiped, and found solace among the Monument’s stunning red rocks and deep, quiet canyons.

Incredibly, no permanent protections are in place for this incomparable national treasure. Millions of people each year hike and bike trails into relic-rich areas vulnerable to theft, desecration, destruction. READ MORE>>

The Monument

Located within the Coconino National Forest in North-Central Arizona, the proposed Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument (Map) is approximately 80,000 acres of what many describe as some of the most beautiful lands in America. The Monument has been inhabited for 14,000 years from the earliest of Indian tribes to a growing permanent population today. Its singular beauty also draws millions of visitors annually. The Forest Service recognizes this region for its high and very high scenic value, the ultimate value of the Forest Service’s rating system. READ MORE>>


History of Outreach Activities

Obtaining National Monument status is a lengthy process that requires maximum outreach to the community and various stakeholder communities. Community input is critical in writing a proposal that best exemplifies what that community wants. Read about National Monument Outreach Activities here.


History Of Protection Efforts

Local citizens have sought permanent protection for the Red Rock region of Coconino National Forest for almost 30 years. Long term City plans and various City Councils have consistently supported permanent protection. For a detailed history of locally-driven protection efforts, please click here


Help Make It Happen

Join the National Monument team by volunteering. We need energetic people with a passion for protecting the unique treasure that will be the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument. If you care about wildlife, antiquities, the spiritual value of this magnificent area and more, please take a moment to fill out the brief form on the “Help Make It Happen” page. Include a short sentence about what you find interesting or most compelling and something about your skills. A volunteer will contact you soon, and together, we can all help make it happen. Thank you!

Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land better land for our descendants than it is for us. – Roosevelt