According to a peer-reviewed report released by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park’s 4.3 million visitors spent $467,257,000 and supported 7,361 jobs in Arizona in 2011.
“Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 22 national parks in Arizona. These national parks are exceptional places – the jewels in America’s crown where we relax, get exercise and learn about America’s story,” said Dave Uberuaga, Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent. “And the people who live and work in communities near these national parks are invested in the parks. Whether they visit a park, own or work at a business that serves local or long distance visitors or provides services for a park or park employees, the money visitors spend on national park trips has a positive impact on local economies, the economy of Arizona, and on our national economy.”
This week the National Park Service also released its 2012 visitation numbers showing an increase of 3.8 million over the previous year for a total of 282.8 million visitors to the National Park Service’s 398 parks.