Tipton, Udall won't pursue Colorado National Monument park designation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado — Colorado National Monument in Mesa County is not going to be designated a national park.

Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall say Monday that more dialogue is needed before the Monument should become the state's fifth national park.

The announcements come more than a year after Tipton and Udall started taking public comment about the designation.

Many of the comments raised questions about how the status would affect neighbors.

Tipton concluded that the likelihood for national park legislation passing the House and Senate without impacting the local community is "minuscule."

Colorado's four national parks are Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Mesa Verde National Park.

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