Island Trail Loop Partially Closed
5/13/2013: The north facing side of the Island Trail loop will be closed for trail construction Monday - Thursday. The entire trail will be reopened on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please call 928-526-3367 for more information. More »
Flagstaff Area National Monuments Tourism Creates $27 Million in Economic Benefit
Contact: Cecilia Shields, 928-526-1157 x228
New report shows visitor spending supports 367 jobs in Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 526,433 visitors in 2011 to the Flagstaff Area National Monuments spent $27,820,000 in surrounding communities, supporting 367 jobs in the local area.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Yue Cui, Ed Mahoney, and Teresa Herbowicz of Michigan State University for the National Park Service. The report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 national park visitors. The spending occurred in communities within 60 miles of a national park and supported 252,000 jobs, most of which are also in the communities near national parks. The visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy.
Did You Know?
Animal-shaped figurines made from split twigs have been found near Walnut Canyon National Monument and at other places in the southwest. They indicate the presence of early human inhabitants 4000 or more years ago.