Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is the prime example of how the local area surrounding National Monuments can benefit from tourist opportunities. Tourism hit an all-time high in 2016 following the site’s mention in Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 Places to Visit,” resulting in a 50% increase in visitors in the past year.
The monument also features petroglyph-line canyons, with thousands of Native American archeological sites, including many historical landmarks, training sites for the Apollo Space Program, and World War II bombing pilots and crews.
Proves that community involvement in National Monuments can lead to economic prosperity.