Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Introduces Bill to Make Chiricahua a National Park

September 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation to designate Chiricahua National Monument as a national park. The re-designation is supported by local jurisdictions across Southern Arizona and New Mexico.

“Having had the opportunity to hike Chiricahua and even fly over it in an A-10 many times during training, I know first-hand what a national treasure it is,” said Rep. McSally. “Re-designating this area as a national park would boost tourism, grow our economy, and add more jobs in Southern Arizona. This was a true grassroots effort that began from the ground-up, and I’m grateful to the many local officials who helped build support for it, in particular Bob Gent at the Sierra Vista Tourism Commission for his vision and dedicated advocacy. During the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, I can think of no better way to recognize Chiricahua’s unique, historic landscapes, and I’ll continue to work to pass this legislation into law.”

“The City Council feels so strongly about this effort, we passed a resolution unanimously in support, which doesn’t happen very often,” said Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller.

"The Sierra Vista Chamber is grateful for Congresswoman Marth McSally’s leadership in introducing legislation that will designate Chiricahua Monument as a National Park,” said Mary Tieman, Executive Director of the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce. “Southeastern Arizona businesses welcome this significant opportunity to strengthen the local economy through increased tourism in Cochise County.”

To view a PDF of the bill text, click HERE.

Jurisdictions that have officially endorsed Chiricahua’s re-designation as a national park include:

  • The City of Sierra Vista;
  • The City of Tucson;
  • The Cochise County Council of Tourism ;
  • The City of Benson;
  • And the City of Deming, New Mexico.