Check Out This Visual Tour Of Our Newest National Monument

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Continuing his streak of getting sh*t done during his last days of POTUSing, on Wednesday President Obama designated two new national monuments in southeastern Utah and southern Nevada. Though there was opposition by many government officials in Utah, this is welcome news for many who were campaigning for the protection of these beautiful lands.

The monument in Utah will be known as Bears Ears National Monument. It will encompass 1.35 million acres of public lands surrounding San Juan County’s Cedar Mesa and is named after the “pair of buttes protruding from a ridge joining the mesa.”

Five Indian tribes with ancestral and spiritual ties to Cedar Mesa had been asking for this one for years. In a statement, Prez Obama said it was time to protect “some of our country’s most important cultural treasures, including abundant rock art, archeological sites, and lands considered sacred by Native American tribes. Today’s actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes.”

He continued, “We also have worked to ensure that tribes and local communities can continue to access and benefit from these lands for generations to come.”

So take a look at this beautiful new monument, and then book a trip immediately!

Via The Salt Lake Tribune