Yes. The Colorado National Park Association website shows principal qualities considered in studying areas for park status are their inspirational, educational, and recreational values rather than size.
Existing national parks with acreage similar to Colorado National Monument (20,534 acres).
- Hot Spring National Park, Arkansas – 5,549 acres
- Virgin Islands National Park, V.I. – 12,680
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio – 18, 440
- Colorado National Monument present acreage – 20,534
- Congaree National Park, South Carolina -25,174
- Pinnacles National Park (newly created in 2013)– 27,000
- Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota – 28,295 acres
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado 30,750 (in 2006) new lands since added
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – 35,835
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico – 46,766 acres
With numerous trails of varying degrees of difficulty no traveler could explore them all in a day. It may take a week! In addition, The Colorado National Monument serves as a gateway to our entire valley and region, ski resorts, snow boarding and the astounding Grand Mesa, to area wineries and orchards, world class fishing, golf courses, mountain and road biking, riverfront trails, hiking, climbing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, our unique downtown, and surrounding mountain town retreats, Gateway Canyons, history and car museums, hot springs, caves, ATV trails, snowmobiling, and miles of trails through BLM. It would take years for travelers to enjoy all we have to offer but most stay just 5 to 10 days. Most target National Parks which is why tour groups fly into Grand Junction and bypass our national monument on their way to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.