U.S. senator to visit Las Cruces to promote White Sands National Monument becoming a park

White Sands National Monument

Boosting tourism in New Mexico may be as easy as turning a national monument into a park.

The Associated Press says Las Cruces City Council has approved a statement to make the White Sands National Monument a national park.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich will visit several New Mexico locations, including the monument to talk about the Economic Force of Outdoor Recreation Industry.

He will also be unveiling legislation, as council voted unanimously on Monday to support the change.

Now they are calling on lawmakers to pass the proposed White Sands National Park Establishment Act.

Supporters want the monument to be named a park because national parks tend to have a higher profile than monuments and it may possibly boost tourism.

The the New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference begins Friday morning from 8:30 to 9 a.m at the Hotel Encanto, Ballroom, 705 S. Telshor Blvd Las Cruces, N.M. 88011.

It'll be a busy day for Heinrich, after the conference he will make his way to Dripping Springs for a hike.

Then he will finish off the day with a forum at the New Mexico Space History Museum.

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