Colorado National Monument Has New Top Ranger

Local residents, visitors and members of the Colorado National Monument staff welcome a new Chief Ranger Tuesday. Phil Akers comes to the monument from Dinosaur National Nonument in northwest Colorado where he held a similar position.

Akers became a ranger after his dad encouraged him to try for a position with the park service. He's only been a Ranger for 12 years, which is a remarkably short time to become top Ranger in a park.

Dinosaur National Monument is ten times the size of the Grand Valley landmark, but has a smaller staff. He says it will be quite a change to go from a remote park, like Dinosaur, to a semi–urban park like the monument.

Akers starts his new duties immediately

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