National parks bring big business to Mountain West

National parks bring big business to Mountain West

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Mountain West News
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National parks tourism pumped nearly $36 billion into the U.S. economy last year, and communities just outside the parks benefited the most, according to a new report from the Interior Department.

Impacts in the Mountain West were especially big. Grand Teton, Yellowstone and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were in the top-ten for visitor spending, according to the Interior Department’s latest tally. Rocky Mountain National Park ranked №11. Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado are all in the top 15 states when it comes to visitor spending at national park service sites.

The Interior Department says parks accounted for 7,130 jobs in Colorado last year and $484 million in visitor spending. In Idaho, it was 533 paychecks and nearly $33 million in visitor spending, while Montana parks generated $556 million in visitor spending and supported 9,130 jobs.