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What's the difference between a National Park and a National Monument in the United States?

The difference is mostly one of administrative/bureaucratic elements. Both are protected areas, the difference is in who creates and manages them. All National Parks are run by the National Park ...
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For outdoor recreation, what are the practical implications of the downsizing of Bears Ears National Monument?

In the US, the designation National Monument or National Park (same thing other than the first created by presidential edict and the second by congress), sets preservation as one of the top goals. ...
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From an outdoor recreation point of view, does it matter who manages a national monument?

No, it doesn't matter much. The regulations for what can be done in a national monument or park (the only difference between the two is that one is established by presidential edict, the other by act ...
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Can I visit Betatakin in mid-May?

You will have to call and find out. Scheduling: Betatakin tours are free and available during the regular season, May 27, 2017– September 3, 2017, with a limit of 25 people per tour. All tours to ...
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