California's Potential National Monuments

08/18/2010 06:29 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Mary Forgione

It's tough to visit California's Bodie Hills. Although many travelers turn off U.S. Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra to see the well-known ghost town of the same name, far fewer venture into its rugged backdrop, which has no paved roads, no marked trails, no developed campgrounds.

"These really are the last remnants of the Wild West," says Stacy Corless, who works for a nonprofit seeking to protect and preserve the hills.

Bodie Hills isn't a national monument -- at least not yet. Along with 13 other lightly traveled spots in the West, it was identified in an Interior Department document earlier this year as a "good candidate" for designation.