April 24, 2015 / Modified apr 25, 2015 10:43 a.m.

National Parks Add Millions to Arizona Economy

Annual report shows $837 million spent at area National Parks in 2014

041812_National_Park_Week_617x347 Saguaro National Park


National parks, monuments, historic sites and recreation areas contributed $837,036,688 to Arizona's economy in 2014 through visitor spending.

Nearly 11 million visits were paid to the 21 National Park lands last year. Park service economists estimate that those visits and the money spent by visitors helped support 13,359 jobs, and had a cumulative effect of $1,105,145,877 on Arizona's economy.

Grand Canyon National Park accounted for 44 percent of visits and 61 percent of visitor spending in Arizona.

Southern Arizona's largest contributor was Saguaro National Park, which accounted for 673,572 visits and $41,588,200 of visitor spending.

People visiting National Park Service in Southern Arizona contributed $63,790,100 to the local economy. Parks in the area accounted for 1,051,924 visits.

Explore the map to find out the number of visits, the amount visitors spent, and the number of jobs that spending helped support at each Arizona national park, monument, historic site, or recreation area in 2014.

Glen Canyon and Lake Mead both sit in two states. The numbers shown reflect estimates for Arizona.

Arizona's estimated share of Lake Mead National Recreation Area's economic impact is 25 percent. Arizona's estimated share of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's economic impact is 8 percent.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona