Visitors to Scotts Bluff National Monument Add Over $4 million to Local Economy
Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide
Gering, NE - A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 128,811 visitors to Scotts Bluff National Monument spent $4,416,000 in communities surrounding the monument. This spending supported 71 jobs in the local area.
"Scotts Bluff National Monument is a wonderful place to learn about America's history," said park superintendent Ken Mabery. "We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing area. The National Park Service, and all employees of Scotts Bluff National Monument are proud to have been entrusted with the care of America's most treasured places. We are delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy."
The information on Scotts Bluff is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country conducted by Michigan State University for the National Park Service. For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.
Most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent) followed by recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11percent), transportation and fuel (7 percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (2 percent.)
To download the report visit www.nature.nps.gov/ socialscience/products.cfm#MGMand click onEconomic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Nebraska and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to www.nps.gov/Nebraska.
Did You Know?
The 1.6 mile Saddle Rock Trail leads hikers from the Scotts Bluff National Monument Visitor Center to the summit. Though the wagon ruts have eroded away, the 1/2 mile Oregon Trail Pathway runs from the Visitor Center to the remnants and roadbed of the Oregon Trail.