Most People Have No Idea Colorado Has A Lost National Monument… And It’s Stunning

You would think that when a certain location is named a National Park or Monument, its rank and popularity would make it so it would live on forever… however, when it comes to the Rocky Mountain’s iconic Mount of the Holy Cross, this was not the case.

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On May 11, 1929, President Herbert Hoover named the beautiful Mount of the Holy Cross a National Monument and appointed its management to the USDA Forest Service. A few short years later, the land was turned over to the National Park Service, only to be later given back to the USDA Forest Service before completely losing its status in 1950 because of monetary concerns and a lack of visitors. Despite losing its distinction as a National Monument, Holy Cross has remained a popular spot for both hikers and photographers alike.

Did you know that the Mount of the Holy Cross was once a National Monument?

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