Visitors to National Park Service land in Idaho brought in almost $40 million to the state economy last year.
A new report from National Parks found that almost 629,000 people came to Idaho monuments and historic sites in 2016. They spent $31 million and created 525 jobs. That had a cumulative benefit of almost $40 million to Idaho’s economy.
There are seven facilities in Idaho managed by the National Park Service. That includes the Minidoka National Historical Site and Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Visitors spent 31 percent for a place to stay and 27 percent of spending was for food and beverages. Admissions and fees to sites brought in just over 10 percent.
Across the country, more than 331 million visitors came to national park lands, supporting 318,000 jobs, for a total benefit of almost $35 billion.
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