Mystery Destination: A 'Weird and Scenic Landscape'

It's time for another Mystery Destination. Read the five clues below about a National Monument and Preserve known for its weird and scenic landscape. If you know the name of this destination, enter your answer in the comments below then forward this to a friend to see if they know the answer.

Name this Weird and Scenic Landscape Photo By Kam Abbott


  • The National Monument and Preserve is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush that offers visitors a unique view of past and current geologic activity.

  • In 1969 Apollo astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, Joe Engle and Eugene Cernan visited this monument to explore the lava landscape in order to learn the basics of volcanic geology in preparation for future trips to the moon.

  • President Calvin Coolidge described this area as "a weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself" when he established this National Monument in 1924.

  • Recreational opportunities include short hikes to lava fields and geologic sites, longer backcountry hiking and camping.

  • The area also features many caves. There are current bat surveys going on. Visit a ranger station for a permit before you enter any caves.


Do you know what National Monument and Preserve we are talking about? Enter the name in the comments below. Extra points if you've visited this area.

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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