ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Don’t expect any major administrative changes with White Sands National Monument becoming the first New Mexico national park since 1930, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich said.
But the senator cited a study that said the national park could see an increase of 100,000 visitors a year with the change in status.
He said such an increase would be “a boom for the local economies” with an additional $7.5 million in tourist spending in the area a year.
“We certainly will be working hard with our partners at the state and local levels to try to realize those local numbers,” Heinrich said during a press call with U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small following the Senate’s passing of the National Defense Authorization Act in which the change in status is included. President Trump signed the bill Friday.