Happy 60th Birthday, National Natural Landmarks Program!

Now is the time to celebrate the National Natural Landmarks 60th anniversary.

Today, the National Natural Landmarks Program (NNL) turns 60 years old. All are welcome to the celebration. The National Park Service operates the program, which started in 1962 with just nine sites. Fast-forward to 2022, and 602 NNLs now exist nationwide.

Conceptualized in 1962 by Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior at the time, the goal of the NNL is to “distinguish and commemorate America’s vast ecological and geological sites and formations”.

“Sites are designated by the Secretary of the Interior for their condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education,” states the National Park Service on its NNL website.

Which of the over 600 National Natural Landmarks have you visited? How many can you recognize? And where will you visit next?

Check out the birthday salute from several scenic spots in the quick clip.

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Heather Hendricks

Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.


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