Ntl Parks in San Juan help support 1,910 jobs
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A new National Park Service (NPS) report states that in 2012, the 2,705,215 visitors to national park sites in San Juan County spent $150 million and supported 1,910 jobs.

Annual visitation varies wildly, from more than two million to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to 453,000 at Canyonlands National Park, 89,000 to Natural Bridges National Monument, 75,000 to Rainbow Bridge National Monument and nearly 27,000 to Hovenweep National Monument.

See the attached chart for the visitation, spending and jobs estimates for each park.

A large number of the visits and spending are to Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area, which straddles the Utah – Arizona border and covers four counties.

The NPS report estimates that Glen Canyon supports 1,436 jobs, while servicing two million visitors and generating nearly $115 million in spending.

While the report estimates that 92 percent of the Lake Powell visitation is in Utah, the vast majority of visitors access the area through Arizona.

The Wahweap Marina, near Page, AZ, hosted 72 percent of the visitors to Glen Canyon in 2012, with the Lees Crossing area hosting an additional 10 percent of the visitors.

Visitors to Halls Crossing and Hite, the Glen Canyon sites in San Juan County, account for about five percent of the total number.

The 453,000 visitors to Canyonlands National Park generated an estimated $25.2 million in spending in 2012 and supported 338 jobs.

In contrast, the report shows that Arches National Park, in Grand County, had 1,070,577 visitors in 2012, with spending of $116 million and support of 1,708 jobs.

Although nearly all of the Needles and Island in the Sky districts of Canyonlands National Park are in San Juan County, it is assumed that the primary economic impact of the park is felt in neighboring Grand County.

More than 72 percent of the visitors to Canyonlands entered the park in the Island in the Sky district, with 25 percent visiting the Needles District.

Hovenweep National Monument, which straddles the Utah – Colorado border, helps support 20 jobs while generating more than $1.5 million in spending from the 26,710 visitors.

The Park Service estimates that 55 percent of the visitation to Hovenweep occurs in San Juan County, with the remainder in Montezuma County, CO.

The visitors to Natural Bridges National Monument generated an estimated $5.1 million in spending and supported 64 jobs.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument is accessed almost entirely through Glen Canyon. Visitors generated an estimated $5.1 million in spending and helped support 64 jobs.

The NPS visitor spending analysis was conducted for the Park Service by the US Geological Survey. Nationally, the reports shows $14.7 billion in direct spending by the 283 million park visitors, which supports 243,000 jobs.

The report shows more than 9.5 million visitors to Utah in 2012. They spent $613 million and supported 9,416 jobs in the state.
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