Letter: Support park status for Colorado National Monument
To every citizen of western Colorado:
Please show your enthusiastic and practical support for the Colorado National Monument to becoming the 60th unit of the National Park Service. The current name proposed is Rimrock Canyons National Park. Rimrock Canyons honors the Civilian Conservation Corps and the scenic Rimrock Drive they labored and died for so the public could enjoy views of myriad towers, canyons and wildlife from its heights.
Without change to boundary or governing rules, a simple name change brings much needed diversification to western Colorado’s tourism, business visibility and general economic outlook. It also represents our own pride within our state that brings its own reward.
The benefits to the community in attaining park status greatly outweigh individual concerns voiced to date. Arguments against the name change may be valid to the individual, but are not adequate reason to hold up the greater good. The monument was established well before any neighborhood beneath it. It is to be hiked and enjoyed by resident and visitor alike.
The monument was promoted by John Otto and our civic leaders more than a century ago to invite the world to share the roads, trails and sublime views with the general public. We now have the opportunity to fulfill the dream of sharing a National Park landscape with the world, and to reap the economic and cultural benefits.
Please help fulfill John Otto’s dream and the historic efforts of the CCC. Join us and show your support, and share in a bright future with our new Rimrock Canyons National Park.
Colorado National Monument Association Board Member
Co-founder Loki, LLC
Grand Junction, Colo.
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