New Mexico's stunning landscapes have long been a source of pride for its residents and a magnet for tourists seeking the outdoors. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, designated in 2014, has not only preserved these landscapes but has also proven to be a powerful economic engine for the state. A recent economic report commissioned by the Las Cruces Green Chamber, "A Decade of Opportunity: The Economic Impact of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument," highlights the monument's significant contributions to New Mexico's local economy.
A family hikes in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico
Photo: BLM New Mexico
One of the most notable findings of the report is the remarkable increase in tourism driven by the national monument. Over the past decade, visitation to the monument has tripled. This influx of tourists has translated into substantial economic benefits for the region.
According to the report, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument attracted over 600,000 visitors in 2022, injecting approximately $35 million into the local economy each year. This revenue boost has supported businesses ranging from hotels and restaurants to outdoor outfitters and art galleries.
Supporting Local Economies
The economic impact of the national monument extends beyond tourism dollars. The report reveals that the monument generated over 300 jobs in the local community last year and over $13 million in taxes over the past decade. The report underscores the fact that the positive economic impact of the national monument extends to nearby communities.
Conservation and Preservation
While the economic benefits are undeniable, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument also plays a vital role in safeguarding the natural and cultural heritage of the region. It protects a wide range of ecosystems, preserving them for future generations. This conservation effort aligns with New Mexico's commitment to sustainable tourism and responsible land management.
Supporting Local Communities
The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has proven itself as a valuable asset to New Mexico's local economy. As the economic report "A Decade of Opportunity" illustrates, the monument has not only preserved the region's natural and cultural treasures but also provided a substantial economic boost. With its ability to create jobs, stimulate tourism, and support local communities, the national monument stands as a shining example of how conservation efforts can go hand in hand with economic prosperity. As New Mexico continues to reap the benefits of this natural wonder, it remains a testament to the power of preserving our nation's natural heritage.