Economic Impact of the National Parks

Last week the National Park Service released the 2016 statistics on the economic impact of the national parks. More than 331 million people visited a national park unit during the Centennial.  Together, these visitors pump billions of dollars into the United States economy.  Hundreds of gateway communities thrive on this tourism and recreation spending.

With growing concerns over the protection of our national parks, it is more important now than ever to make the case for these special places.  It is hard to argue with a $34.9 billion contribution to the United States economy. Plus, the loss of any of the more than 318,000 jobs would certainly be felt if the park service is put at risk.

Today we’re encouraging you to share the infographic below to help protect our parks. Contact members of Congress and share these statistics with them. Post it on social media to share the powerful economic impact of the national parks.  Email it to friends and family to spread the word.

Together we can help make the case for preserving the 417 units of the National Park Service.

Data collected from:
Cullinane Thomas, C., and L. Koontz. 2017. 2016 national park visitor spending effects: Economic contributions to local communities, states, and the nation. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/EQD/NRR—2017/1421. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

THE PARK CHASERS

THE PARK CHASERS

Greg & Amy
Chasing a visit to all 400+ units in the NPS
Current Count: 128/423
Next Stop: TBD

WHERE WE ARE NOW

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

National Parks Week 2020 Logo

Celebrating National Park Week 2020

Amid stay-at-home and social distancing, thousands of national park fans from around the world are coming together this week to celebrate National Park Week 2020.

Read More »

3 Easy Day Hikes in Colorado National Monument

Since the monument was established in 1911, hikers have enjoyed the stunning scenery in Colorado National Monument.  While many of the parks 40+ miles of

Read More »
All About Colorado National Monument

All About Colorado National Monument

Sometimes our favorite national park units aren’t the end destinations but the parks we find on the way.  Colorado National Monument (Park #95 of 423)

Read More »
Least Visited National parks in 2021

The Least Visited National Parks in 2021

Even though more than 297 million people visited a national park last year, there are still some places you can find wilderness, quiet, and solitude

Read More »

Start Park Chasing Today

Download your free .pdf checklist of all 400+ national park units and start planning your next adventure.