UTAH (ABC4) – A new report released by the National Park Service has identified how much money each state earned from tourism in 2021.
The report found that 14,796,739 visitors to Utah’s national parks spent $1,607,900,000 in the state in 2021.
Utah contributed $2.5 billion to its state economy in 2021, ranking third after North Carolina and California.
Utah also ranked third for labor income, bringing in $822 million, followed again by North Carolina and California. The expenditures resulted in the creation of 22,901 jobs.
Utah’s national parks are:
- Arches National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- California National Historic Trail
- Canyonlands National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Cedar Breaks National Monument
- National Dinosaur Monument
- Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
- Golden Spike National Historical Park
- Hovenweep National Monument
- Mormon Pioneers 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
From a national perspective, 297 million park visitors spent an estimated $20.5 billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands across the country in 2021.
Accommodation contributed most of this spending, having the most direct effects, with $7 billion in economic output nationwide. The restaurant sector had the second largest effect, with $4.2 billion in economic output nationwide.
The total economic output that contributed to the national economy in 2021 was $42.5 billion.