News Release

National Park tourism in Utah contributes $2.60 billion to state economy

Date: August 21, 2023

DENVER, Colo. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 13,554,654 visitors to national parks in Utah spent $1,656,100,000 in the state in 2022. That spending resulted in 23,312 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $2,597,700,000.

“Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 300 million visitors every year. The impact of tourism to national parks is undeniable: bringing jobs and revenue to communities in every state in the country and making national parks an essential driver to the national economy,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.

“Visitors in 2022 to national parks in Utah spent $1,656,100,000 and supported 23,312 jobs in local communities,” said Regional Director Kate Hammond. “Every park in the state offers unique experiences, from learning about history up-close to diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. There’s something for everyone to see and enjoy.”

The national parks in Utah are: 

Arches National Park 

Bryce Canyon National Park 

California National Historic Park 

Canyonlands National Park 

Capitol Reef National Park 

Cedar Breaks National Monument 

Dinosaur National Park 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 

Golden Spike National Historical Park 

Hovenweep National Monument 

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 

Natural Bridges National Monument 

Old Spanish National Historic Trail 

Pony Express National Historic Trail 

Rainbow Bridge National Monument 

Timpanogos Cave National Monument 

Zion National Park

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists at the National Park Service. The report shows $23.9 billion of direct spending by nearly 312 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 378,400 jobs nationally; 314,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $50.3 billion.

As for the economics of visitor spending, the lodging sector had the highest direct effects, with $9 billion in economic output nationally. The restaurants sector was had the second greatest effects, with $4.6 billion in economic output nationally.

Report authors also produced an interactive tool that enables users to explore 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: Visitor Spending Effects - Economic Contributions of National Park Visitor Spending - Social Science (U.S. National Park Service) (

To learn more about national parks in Utah and how the National Park Service works with Utah communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to Utah (U.S. National Park Service) (

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Last updated: August 21, 2023