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NM national monuments and state parks boost state's economy

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More than $100 million has been generated from National Parks and Monuments for the state of New Mexico.

Each year White Sands National Monument draws in visitors from all over the world.

Since its centennial in 2016, has brought in more people than ever before.

"It's just breath taking the whole thing is just breath taking,” Rashell Perkins, a visitor from New Jersey, said.

In 2016 more than 360,000 people came to visit White Sands National Monument generating $31 million for the state’s economy.

"Everything is white. It’s wonderful. I have never seen it before. This is my first time,” Sheng Yun Li from China said.

White Sands ranks ahead of any other National Monument in New Mexico for bringing in visitors.

It’s second in revenue right behind Carlsbad Caverns which pumped 33 million for that state in 2016.

Whether it’s to take in the incredible view of the sandy white peaks, or to spend some quality time with family, people from all over the world find their own reason why they enjoy visiting White Sands National Monument.

"It's very close to where we live at in El Paso. So it's a short distance. It gives you an opportunity to just share time together,” Pamela Sanchez from El Paso said.

Collectively, White Sands and the other 14 national monuments and state parks have generated $81 million in 2012, $83 million in 2013, $89 million in 2014 and $97.5 million in 2015.

"It's beautiful, it's clear. The view of the mountains in the background. We had a really good time,” Perkins said.

White Sands along with the other national monuments and state parks in New Mexico brought in a total of $108.4 million dollars in 2016 alone.

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