PEARCE CALLS ON NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO ACT; DEMANDS FIX TO SECONDARY ELEVATOR SYSTEM AT CARLSBAD CAVERNS

Aug 1, 2018

Washington (August 1, 2018) Today, Congressman Pearce sent a letter to the United States National Park Service’s (Service) Intermountain Regional Director urging the Service to immediately begin the process of fixing the secondary elevator system in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

“After years of waiting for the Carlsbad Caverns elevator outages to be fixed, tourists are now able to access one of New Mexico’s most beautiful national parks. The Caverns not only reveal the beauty New Mexico holds, they also create revenue for surrounding communities, promoting economic well-being. This is why it is imperative to have both primary and secondary elevators fully functioning. From data provided by the Park, we have learned that visitation numbers decrease drastically when both sets of elevators are down. While the primary elevators are finally fixed, it is imperative that the Service fix the secondary elevators to provide long-term certainty for the Park. In my letter to the Regional Director, I presented a number of questions related to the Service’s plans to fix the secondary elevators to determine how quickly this problem will be addressed. I look forward to seeing the National Park Service act quickly and efficiently to attend to these elevators, bringing the Carlsbad Caverns back to their full potential.”

To read the letter, click here.

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