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What it could mean for Chiricahua National Monument to get national park status

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, June 22, 2023 - 10:46am

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Chiricahua National Monument
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Rhyolite formations at Chiricahua National Monument.

You’ve probably been to the Grand Canyon, even if you haven’t lived in Arizona for long.

However, odds are you haven’t been to visit the Chiricahuas. The national monument sits in southeastern Arizona, about two hours outside of Tucson. 

While its towering hoodoos are a sight to behold, its visitation numbers are relatively low. But now, bipartisan legislation from Arizona Sens. Kirsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, as well as Rep. Juan Ciscomani, has been introduced in the Senate to elevate the national monument to a national park. 

The Show spoke to Tiffany Powers, head of interpretation, education and visitor services at Chiricahua National Monument, about how she thinks this move could be game-changing for the biodiverse region. Powers spoke on the monument's history and what becoming a national park would mean.

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