Soledad and Hollister Chambers of Commerce think PNP will generate tourist cash in a way the PNM does not.
yeah, and they're probably correct.
nps designation gives brand recognition which is essential if you are marketing to the white middle-class. the american middle-class wants a recognizable brand: applebees, sheraton, safeway, chipotle, nps.
because of the size of pinnacles, and its proximity to a major metropolitan area, it's probably not unreasonable to expect a substantial increase in both visitation and dollars/day/visitor. if i owned property in the area, i'd probably be pretty happy.
as folks noted above, joshua tree is probably the closest comp. and the rock is almost as bad.
Gee, more people, GREAT! Who are these idiots who see National Park! and instantly choose to go there but would avoid it when labeled National Monument. I don't get it, but that's probably the case.
Anyway, I'm headed to Josh for my first extended trip in many years. I get to introduce a young climber to the place for the first time--gonna be great! I've decided mentoring is one of the best things ever for us old farts who need some kick in the pants and to see the sport with fresh perspective.