Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Local parks bring $175.5 million to southwestern Utah

A two-week government shutdown took a bite out of southwestern Utah's tourism economy last year, but visitors to Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Pipe Spring National Monument still brought $175.5 million to the area in 2013.

Those tourism dollars supported 2,155 jobs, according to the annual visitor spending report released last week by the National Park Service. Zion, Utah's most-visited park, saw 2.8 million visitors, generating an estimated $147.1 million for the economy. Cedar Breaks brought in an estimated $25.7 million, and Pipe Spring an estimated $2.8 million. The Spectrum