Gardner Announces No Changes to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is no longer under review and that Secretary Zinke will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument.

The monuments were under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order. The recommendation comes after review of public comments and conversations with stakeholders.

“This is great news for Colorado and I’m thrilled the Department of the Interior listened to Coloradans and will make no changes to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument’s designation,” said Senator Gardner. “I repeatedly raised the issue with Secretary Zinke and highlighted the fact that Coloradans cherish our state’s public lands and any review of Canyons of the Ancients should result in no changes to the monument’s designation. The Secretary has been a great partner throughout his tenure and understands Western issues better than most. I’m proud to have worked with him on this  and look forward to continuing to collaborate on issues important to Colorado in the future.”

“When the President and I began the monument review process we absolutely realized that not all monuments are the same and that not all monuments would require modifications. Today I’m announcing that Canyon of the Ancients National Monument review process has concluded and I am recommending no changes be made to the monument,” said Secretary Zinke. “Canyons of the Ancients is  gorgeous land, but its monument status as the most high-density Native American archaeological sites in the Nation is clear. The history at this site spans thousands of years, and the federal protection of these objects and history ?will help us preserve this site for a thousand more years."

In May, Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) sent a letter to Secretary Zinke requesting “any review of Canyons should conclude that no changes to the designation are necessary.” The following month, during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Gardner received assurances from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is not currently on the Department’s priority review list. Gardner has been a strong advocate for protecting Colorado’s public lands, and recently received the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2017 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award.





Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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