A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4.5 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2021, spent an estimated $710 million in gateway regions near the park. That spending supported 9,390 jobs in the local area.
“Grand Canyon is proud to be welcoming back more visitors from across the country and world since the beginning of the pandemic,” said superintendent Ed Keable. “We appreciate and rely on the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists at the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion of direct spending by more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park nationwide. This spending supported 322,600 jobs nationally; 269,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $42.5 billion.
The report’s authors have produced an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm.
To learn more about national parks in Arizona and how the National Park Service works with communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/arizona.