Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks celebrates 5 years as national monument

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A big birthday is coming up for the Organ Mountains. 

Tuesday marks five years since President Barack Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the OMDP Monument encompasses nearly half a million acres of public lands, spanning across four separate areas of Dona Ana County. 

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says since the designation, visitation to the monument has significantly increased.

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