Study shows Grand Canyon National Park brought 9,000 jobs, $710M to northern Arizona

By Ron Dungan
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 7:57am
Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 1:37pm

Grand Canyon National Park
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Cape Royal at Grand Canyon National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park had four and a half million visitors last year, which helped boost the northern Arizona economy.

A National Park Service report shows that visitors spent more than $710 million last year in the Canyon’s gateway communities.

That helped support more than 9,000 jobs.

Although the coronavirus affected visitation, the numbers are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.

Park spokeswoman Joelle Baird said that while tourist dollars are important, the Canyon’s benefits go beyond economics.

“It’s a place of spiritual significance to our 11 associated tribes here in Grand Canyon. I also say that it provides a sense of peace and tranquility for northern Arizona residents who might frequently visit the park,” Baird said.

The report says that parks helped generate billions in similar communities nationwide and supported more than 300,000 jobs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to correct the amount visitors spent last year in the Canyon’s gateway communities.

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