Colorado’s National Monuments protect important pieces of Colorado’s history, culture, and natural landscape. Some, like Canyons of the Ancients, contain ancient structures and artifacts such as pottery sherds and chipped stones dating back to the 12th century. Established in 1911 by President Taft, Colorado National Monument is the oldest monument in the state. Browns Canyon, between Salida and Buena Vista is the newest National Monument, declared as such in February 2015 by President Obama.

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Take your best shot at matching the Colorado National Monuments listed below to their corresponding picture. The answer key is at the bottom! Don’t cheat by clicking these links first!

a. Browns Canyon National Monument

b. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

c. Chimney Rock National Monument

d. Colorado National Monument

e. Dinosaur National Monument

f. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

g. Yucca House National Monument

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National Monument 1 - Graeme Churchard - OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Graeme Churchard.

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National Monument 2 - Kyle Greenberg - OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Kyle Greenberg.

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National Monument 3 - Bob Wick - OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Bob Wick.

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National Monument 4 - Mark Levisay - OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Mark Levisay.

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National Monument 5 - Colin Miller - OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Colin Miller.

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National Monument 6 - OutThere Colorado

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National Monument 7 - Ed Fiske - OutThere Colorado
Photo Credit: Ed Fiske.

Answer Key

1) b. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

2) e. Dinosaur National Monument

3) a. Browns Canyon National Monument

4) f. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

5) g. Yucca House National Monument

6) c. Chimney Rock National Monument

7) d. Colorado National Monument

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