First Ascents for National Monuments *

* compiled by Dave Covill and John Mitchler, later by Bill Jacobs

National Monument First Ascent Rules

  1. Generally, “Rules” and “First Ascent Rules” for county highpoints apply.

  2. Eligibility includes anyone actively pursuing the national monument list.

  3. Ascents prior to national monument establishment count.

  4. Ascents prior to purposeful intent to pursue the national monument list count.

  5. National monument highpoint is the highest legally accessible point.
    This rule may be rescinded depending on the general consensus.

  6. Only current national monuments will be tracked.

In the following table virgin highpoints are indicated by "V" in the date column.

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Admiralty Island AKV
African Burial Ground NY11/07/2007Mitchler
Agate Fossil Beds NE02/13/2005Covill, Mitchler
Agua Fria AZ04/03/2006Covill, Hartman
Alibates Flint Quarries TX11/24/2007Covill, Mitchler
Aniakchak AK08/09/2012Covill, Mitchler
Aztec Ruins NM08/11/2005Covill
Bandelier NM11/24/2005Covill, John and Kathy Mitchler
Booker T. Washington VA08/01/2006Covill, John and Kathy Mitchler
Buck Island Reef VI01/01/2008Covill
Cabrillo CA02/05/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
California Coastal CAV
Canyon de Chelly AZ10/29/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Canyons of the Ancients CO08/11/2005Covill
Cape Krusenstern AKV
Capulin Volcano NM06/04/1966B Martin
Carrizo Plain CA12/01/1986Vitz
Casa Grande Ruins AZ10/24/2004A Martin, Mitchler
Cascade - Siskiyou OR10/20/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Castillo de San Marcos FL01/20/2006Mitchler
Castle Clinton NY08/05/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Cedar Breaks UT08/15/2005Covill
Cesar E. Chavez CA04/10/2013Mitchler
Charles Young Buffalo SoldiersOH07/11/2013Mitchler
Chimney Rock CO10/12/2013Covill
Chiricahua AZ04/26/1990B Martin
Colorado CO02/12/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Craters Of The Moon ID05/16/2006J Brekhus
Devils Postpile CA05/10/2008Covill
Devils Tower WY06/12/1966G Roach
Dinosaur CO09/04/1987Schweiker
Effigy Mounds IA06/03/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
El Malpais NM11/26/2011Dave Covill
El Morro NM05/25/1996Covill
First State DE07/25/2013Mitchler
Florissant Fossil Beds CO04/09/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Fort Frederica GA01/21/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Fort McHenry MD01/21/2007Mitchler
Fort Matanzas FL01/20/2006Mitchler
Fort Monroe VA10/19/2011Mitchler
Fort Ord CA07/25/2012Mitchler
Fort Pulaski GA01/21/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Fort Stanwix NY12/05/2008Mitchler
Fort Sumter SC06/03/2008John and Kathy Mitchler
Fort Union NM04/01/2005Covill
Fossil Butte WY08/01/2007Covill
George Washington Birthplace VA01/20/2007Mitchler
George Washington Carver MO08/07/2006Covill
Giant Sequoia CA06/30/1985Vitz
Gila Cliff Dwellings NM02/09/2008Covill, Mitchler
Governors Island NY08/05/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Grand Canyon - Parashant AZ06/03/1986Packard
Grand Portage MN07/25/2007Covill
Grand Staircase-Escalante UT04/28/2000Vitz
Hagerman Fossil Beds ID05/31/2007Covill
Hanford Reach WA11/25/2009Covill
Harriet Tubman Underground RailroadMD04/20/2014Covill
Hohokam Pima AZ04/14/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Homestead NE06/02/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Hovenweep CO08/11/2005Covill
Ironwood Forest AZ12/07/1985B Martin
Jewel Cave SD05/19/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
John Day Fossil Beds OR11/27/2009Covill
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks NM11/25/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Lava Beds CA10/19/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Little Bighorn Battlefield MT07/01/2007Mitchler
Marianas Trench Marine CNMIV
Misty Fjords AKV
Montezuma Castle AZ11/01/2005Covill, Hartman
Mount Saint Helens WA05/03/1987Bolton
Muir Woods CA05/25/2005Covill
Natural Bridges UT08/12/2005Covill
Navajo AZ05/08/2011Covill
Newbury VolcanicOR08/08/2000Vitz
Ocmulgee GA07/10/2007Mitchler
Oregon Caves OR04/12/2008John and Kurt Mitchler
Organ Mountains NM07/22/1995A Martin
Organ Pipe CactusAZ03/16/1968Vitz
Pacific Remote Islands USAV
Papahanaumokuakea MarineHIV
Petroglyph NM04/01/2005Covill (Wymore?)
Pipe Spring AZ08/20/2005Covill
Pipestone MN06/02/2006John and Kathy Mitchler
Pompeys Pillar MT07/27/1977Jerry and Betty Brekhus
Poverty Point LA05/29/2008John and Kathy Mitchler
Prehistoric Trackways NM11/30/2008Mitchler
President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home DC04/18/2008John and Kathy Mitchler
Rainbow Bridge UT03/23/2008Covill, Hartman
Rio Grande del Norte NM09/30/2013Covill, Jones, Mitchler families
Rose Atoll Marine USAV
Russell Cave AL??/??/2006Wymore
Salinas Pueblo Missions NM??/??/2006Wymore
San Juan Islands WA06/14/2013Mitchler
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mtns CA12/31/1963Schuler
Scotts Bluff NE06/07/2004Jerry and Betty Brekhus
Sonoran Desert AZ03/09/1986B Martin
Statue of Liberty NY08/05/2005John and Kathy Mitchler
Sunset Crater Volcano AZ09/02/1968Packard
Timpanogos Cave UT06/23/2008Covill
Tonto AZ04/07/2007Covill, Hartman
Tuzigoot AZ07/04/1994Mitchler
Upper Missouri River Breaks MT06/22/2008Helman, Packard
U.S. Military Working Dog Teams TXV
Vermilion Cliffs AZ10/31/2005Covill
Virgin Islands Coral Reef VI04/23/2006Mitchler
Walnut Canyon AZ11/01/2005Covill
White Sands NM02/08/2008Covill, Mitchler
World War II Valor CA11/28/2009Covill
Wupatki AZ10/31/2005Covill
Yucca House CO08/11/2005Covill

First Ascents Map Index         (arranged alphabetically by last name)

First Ascents are red, green for all other visits, and orange for unvisited highpoints.

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