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View Poll Results: Colorado National Monument: Make it a National Park or leave it as a National Monument?
Leave it as a National Monument 6 33.33%
Upgrade it to a National Park 12 66.67%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:13 PM
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I have been reading about this for some time. I've been there, and like it. But I'm not sure it should be upgraded to a national park. For me -- note, for me, not based on some official policy -- what should differentiate a national park from a national monument is the diversity of the entity. I look at some place like Yosemite or Yellowstone and see a diversity of interesting things -- rivers, waterfalls, geysers. mountains, valleys, wildlife. I look at Colorado National Monument and I don't see much diversity. Sandstone ridges and valleys pretty much sums it up. I like the place immensely, and may even get out there later this summer. But I personally don't quite see giving it national park status.
Ever been to Joshua Tree National PARK?
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Ever been to Joshua Tree National PARK?
There are a number of national parks that should -- in my view -- have remained national monuments.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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Leave it as a National Monument.

The less control we hand over to the FedGov, the better IMHO.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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When I first moved here way back in 2009, I kept hearing about the "National Monument". Didn't really want to drive to see it, but finally did. Holy Moly! I thought it was a rock or some plaque, never realizing what a very cool large place this was.

Yes, I think it should be upgraded to a National Park.
When I first drove through the Grand Valley on a low-clouds rainy day, when you couldn't even see the tops of the Book Cliffs I saw the sign for the CNM and thought it was just a stone marker. Kept on driving.

I think they should call it Colorado Canyons National Park. Folks would have an idea of what it really is.



Also, they should rename McGinnis Canyons NCA and go back to Colorado Canyons NCA.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Leave it as a National Monument.

The less control we hand over to the FedGov, the better IMHO.
Again, it's ALREADY run by the National Park Service and the Feds.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I voted yes. I think it would be great for the western slope.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Amazing how we were able to find the money to fix up the parks and our other public places during the Great Depression. Aren't times like now when the government should be spending money on such things?
Depends on your economic/political ideology, but if we're going to spend money on public works, the national park system should be at or near the bottom of the totem pole.

The transportation, electrical, natural gas, and water infrastructure in this country is rotting and falling apart from decades of neglect. The latest "stimulus" funds for infrastructure were largely a joke and a band-aid at best.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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When I first drove through the Grand Valley on a low-clouds rainy day, when you couldn't even see the tops of the Book Cliffs I saw the sign for the CNM and thought it was just a stone marker. Kept on driving.

I think they should call it Colorado Canyons National Park. Folks would have an idea of what it really is.



....
Great idea!
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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No matter what the monetary cost, if we can keep paying for all the effing wars, we can easily afford another National Park. The cost would pale in comparison. Stop all the wars immediately and create more national parks. The Colorado National Monument is certainly worthy of National Park status. Since this would make it even harder for some sh*tf*ck vulture corporation to rape the land for minerals, oil etc, it is liklely to get voted down in congress.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default I'm not a Coloradan...

But I've been to the Colorado NM and it's a VERY impressive landscape. As either a park or monument, it's a very special place. Folks in the Grand Junction area truly have a natural treasure.
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