New Mexico national parks see boost in visits

Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico had 4,680 visits in March, double that of last year and the most since 2004. White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo logged 71,857 visits, the highest since 2002.

“We’re up 20 percent last month over 2015, so that’s a significant increase for us,” said Becky Burghart, a ranger at White Sands.

The National Park System, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is marketing the richness and history of public parks, monuments and landmarks. Including the newly designated Manhattan Project National Historical Site, there are 15 federal sites in New Mexico.