Tourism in Glen Canyon Nationwide Recreation Space Created $410 million in Financial Profit in 2021 


New report shows visitor spend supported 3,840 jobs in local gateway regions

PAGE, Ariz. – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Glen Canyon NRA) continues to be an economic engine for the region. In 2021, Glen Canyon ranked 25th in most visitors out of 423 National Park Service units nationwide, with 3.1 million visitors.

A 2022 National Park Service report shows these visitors spent an estimated $332 million in local gateway regions around Glen Canyon NRA. These spendings supported a total of 3,840 jobs, $139 million in labor income, $234 million in value creation and $410 million in economic output in local gateway countries. Glen Canyon NRA is a major economic driver in the following counties and frontier communities: in Utah, Kane (Big Water, Kanab), San Juan (Bluff, Blanding), Wayne (Hanksville), Garfield (Escalante, Ticaboo, Boulder); and Coconino County in Arizona (Page, Marble Canyon).

Peer-reviewed analysis of visitor spending was conducted by economists from the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion in direct spend from more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. These spending supported 322,600 jobs nationwide; 269,900 of these jobs are in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the US economy was $42.5 billion.

In terms of economics of visitor spending, the lodging sector has had the largest direct impact, generating $7 billion in economic output nationally. The restaurant sector had the second largest impact with a national economic output of US$4.2 billion.

The report’s authors also created an interactive tool that allows users to examine visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view annual trend data. The interactive tool and report are available on the NPS Social Science Program website:

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