Group: Utah parks a big benefit to local economies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Salt Lake City (AP) - A new analysis says visitors to national parks such as Arches and Canyonlands pump millions of dollars into local economies and provide a steadying influence in tumultuous times.

The National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit that advocates for parks, says that in 2007, travelers spent nearly $107 million in Grand County, home to Arches, and about $31 million in San Juan County, where much of Canyonlands is located.

The report follows a 2006 survey by the association that found national parks across the country are responsible for $13.3 billion in economic activity in local communities each year.

The group says the analysis released Wednesday underscores the importance of protecting Utah's natural wonders.
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