Photos: Two New Majestic National Monuments in the US
The Gold Butte National Monument, northeast of Las Vegas, will protect ancient winding canyons, mining ghost towns, sweeping vistas and petroglyphs.
Some of the pictograms were defaced by graffiti and bullets in rancher Cliven Bundy's 2014 standoff with federal authorities.
This new designation will give additional protection for the ancient relics and writing. Its home to a host of desert wildlife, including endangered desert tortoises and bighorn sheep.
It’s the 29th time Obama has used executive power to create national monuments while in office. While Obama’s action was welcomed by environmental and ethnic groups, not all lawmakers were happy. The designations were controversial with many local politicians an businessmen who described the latest designations as federal overreach, and an outright land-grab in the guise of environmental protection.