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Proposal to convert Chiricahua NMon to a NP draws mixed reactions

CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT — This crown of volcanic rock pinnacles rises above southeastern Arizona grasslands and oak-pine foothills, a largely unknown attraction far from the name-brand national parks that draw millions to the American West each year.

Now, there’s a plan to change its image by changing its name — and its status — from Chiricahua National Monument to Chiricahua National Park.

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