Hate crowds? Think Yosemite and the Grand Canyon stopped being cool when they started being popular? Then you’ll love this handy list of America’s 20 least-visited National Monuments.
Aniakchak National Monument, the least-visited one on the list, is on the Alaskan peninsula five hundred miles southwest of Anchorage and had just fourteen (not fourteen thousand; fourteen) visitors in 2009. Here’s why:
Are you contemplating running the Aniakchak River from its caldera headwaters through treeless tundra to the sea? A commercial guidebook says: “The weather on Aniakchak is severe; life-threatening conditions can develop rapidly. Extremely violent winds in the caldera, particularly near ‘The Gates,’ can shred tents and prevent air rescue.” A hefty budget and pre-tested skills and gear are absolutely necessary.
Soooo… Grand Canyon again this year?