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Report Details Economic Impact of Arizona’s National Parks

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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, near Flagstaff | Courtesy of National Park Service Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, near Flagstaff | Courtesy of National Park Service

Nearly 10 million people visited Arizona’s national parks in 2012, and those visitors spent $745.6 million here — enough to support 11,470 jobs in the state — according to a National Park Service report released March 3.

The report also confirms an often-repeated anecdote about national parks: For every $1 invested in the Park Service, $10 in economic impact is generated.

The Park Service’s findings were part of a peer-reviewed study that analyzed visitor spending at parks throughout the U.S. Nationally, the report found, the 283 million visitors to national parks in 2012 spent $14.7 billion at communities within 60 miles of the park they were visiting. That spending supported 243,000 jobs and had a cumulative economic benefit of $26.75 billion, the report said.

To read the full report, click here.

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