Tourism to Dinosaur National Monument Creates Over $20 Million in Economic Benefits

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Graph showing total economic out contributed to Dinosaur National Monument gateway communities in 2016.


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News Release Date: April 26, 2017

Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7702

Report shows visitor spending supports 244 jobs in local economy
Jensen, UT & Dinosaur, CO – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 304,312 visitors to Dinosaur National Monument in 2016 spent $ 18,084,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 244 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $20,457,600.
“Dinosaur welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Mark Foust. “We are delighted to share the special stories of this place and the experiences it provides. We believe the monument is a great way to introduce visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning more than $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the strong support of our partners and are glad to be a part of  helping to sustain local communities.”
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $ 34.9 billion.
According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).
Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage:
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Colorado and Utah and how the National Park Service works with state name communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to or
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Last updated: April 26, 2017

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