Local Economic Benefits of Idaho’s National Parks

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News Release Date: February 28, 2013

Contact: Dan Buckley, Superintendent, 208-527-1310

Visitors to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve contributed more than $6 million to local economies and supported81 jobs in 2011 according to a recent report issued by the National Park Service. In 2011, Craters of the Moon hosted 198,545 visitors. "Over the years, Craters of the Moon has averaged about 200,000 visitors per year, and these visitors are important to the economies of our gateway communities, especially Carey to our west and Arco to our east," said Park Superintendent Dan Buckley.

Statewide visitors to Idaho's 6 national park units contributed $24 million to local economies and supported 379 jobs. Nationally visitors to all 398 units of the National Park System contributed more than $30 billion to local economies and supported 252,000 jobs.

The entire National Park Service report which includes information on visitor spending by park and by state, is online at:


Click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation, 2011

For more information on national parks and how the National Park Service is working with communities in Idaho please visit:


Last updated: February 28, 2015

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Mailing Address:

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
P.O. Box 29

Arco, ID 83213


(208) 527-1300

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