Published: 1:44 pm, Thu. Jun. 21st, 2018Updated: 1:44 pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is demanding the National Park Service (NPS) sort out the ongoing elevator situation at Carlsbad Caverns after another repair deadline was missed last week.
The NPS had originally intended to have the Caverns’ primary elevators operating by Memorial Day but pushed that completion date back to June 15. As of this week, the elevators are still under construction.
“Here we are again,” Pearce said in a statement today. “Come and gone is yet another deadline missed by NPS.”
The Caverns’ primary elevators have been out of service for approaching three years. Statistics from Memorial Day Weekend show visitation dropped compared to years past.
“The Carlsbad Caverns are a national treasure that every American should have the ability to enjoy,” Pearce said. “NPS’s failure not only limits opportunity for American families, but it harms the local economy that partly depends on the tourism that the Caverns provide.
“Continued delay is plainly unacceptable. NPS is hurting families who aren’t able to access the Caverns by hiking, and the New Mexican economy due to their lack of effective management. NPS and the Department of the Interior must fix this problem, and fix it now.”