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Castle Mountains National Monument
Castle Peaks in the background.
Castle Peaks (Mojave National Preserve) as seen from Castle Mountains National Monument
Castle Mountains National Monument is located in California
Castle Mountains National Monument
Castle Mountains National Monument
Location in California
Castle Mountains National Monument is located in the United States
Castle Mountains National Monument
Castle Mountains National Monument
Location in the United States
Location San Bernardino County, California
Area 20,920 acres (8,470 ha)
Authorized February 12, 2016 (2016-Feb-12)
Governing body National Park Service
Website Castle Mountains National Monument
New national monuments Mojave 2016
Castle Mountains NM and other newly declared National Monuments, 2016

Castle Mountains National Monument is a U.S. National Monument located in the eastern Mojave Desert and northeastern San Bernardino County, in the state of California.

The park protects 20,920 acres, located between the interstates I−15 and I−40, and northwest of the Colorado River.

Geography

The national monument protects a section of the Castle Mountains, a range located in San Bernardino County and Clark County, Nevada. The range lies south and east of the New York Mountains, southwest of Searchlight and west of Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada. The range lies at the northeastern end of Lanfair Valley and reaches 5,543 feet (1,690 m) in elevation at the summit of Hart Peak and 5580 ft at Linder Peak. The mountains lie in a southwest-northeasterly direction. The Piute Range lies to the southeast.

Castle Mountains National Monument is surrounded on three sides by the NPS Mojave National Preserve.

It surrounds the Castle Mountain Mine Area, an open pit gold mine in the southern Castle Mountains owned by Canadian NewCastle Gold Ltd., who can excavate nearly 10 million tons of ore through 2025, though due to low gold prices mining has been suspended since 2001. The national monument proclamation states that after any such mining and reclamation are completed, or after 10 years if no mining occurs, the Federal land in the 8,340 acre Castle Mountain Mine Area is to be transferred to the National Park Service.

Designation and management

It was designated by President Obama on February 12, 2016, along with Mojave Trails National Monument and Sand to Snow National Monument also in Southern California.

Of the three it is the only one to be managed by the National Park Service, with the other two being placed under the control of the Bureau of Land Management and/or the United States Forest Service.
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