No. Convincing as the overwhelming economic benefits may be, for many of us engaged in this great democratic process to found our nation’s 60th national park, this is also about seizing the opportunity to do the right thing. John Otto, supported by this valley’s founding community, the Daily Sentinel and Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce began the process for park status 106 years ago and we firmly believe, it’s realization is long past due. Very few places in our country qualify for the coveted title of national park but our monument is among those few. Please check out our site’s Why the Colorado National Monument qualifies to be a National Park section to find out more about what makes our beautiful canyons and geologic wonder so unique in all the world, and so worthy of park status. From the oldest intact Juniper Pinion woodlands on the Colorado Plateau (with some living trees as much as 1-thousand years old), to one of a kind dinosaur foot prints, to its sheltering gift of solitude and awe… for our group, the best reasons to re-designate the monument to a national park are very much based on its own intrinsic values. It is a sacred place of peace and inspired awe, worthy of sharing with the world and protecting at the highest level for generations to come.