A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that nearly 100,000 visitors in 2011 spent $3,642,000 in Devils Postpile National Monument and in communities near the park.
That spending supported 43 jobs in the local area.
“Devils Postpile National Monument helps sustain the local economy with ecotourism,” Superintendent Deanna Dulen said. “The national monument brings visitor spending to the surrounding communities and helps support local jobs.”
The information on Devils Postpile National Monument is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the country.
For 2011, that report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.
That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.