Tourism To Yellowstone National Park Creates Over $400 Million In Economic Benefit

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Date: March 3, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
March 3, 2014           14-008    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Tourism To Yellowstone National Park Creates Over $400 Million In Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 5,619 jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,447,729 visitors to Yellowstone National Park in 2012 spent $400, 346,500 in communities near the park. That spending supported 5,619 jobs in the local area.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

To download the report, visit

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming and how the National Park Service works with local communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

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