Date: March 8, 2014 Contact: , 028-526-1157 ext.228
Tourism to the Flagstaff Area National Monuments-Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki creates $26,362,000in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 337 jobs in local economy
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 489,906visitors to the three Flagstaff Area National Monuments-Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki, in 2012 spent $26,362,000 in communities near the monuments. That spending supported 337jobs in the local area.
“The Flagstaff Area National Monuments is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said superintendent Kayci Cook Collins. “We are delighted to share the story of these places and the experiences it provides and to use the monuments as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey
economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the
National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park
visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs
nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit
to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.
According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and
convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Arizonaand how the National Park Service works with
Arizonacommunities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/ARIZONA.
Walnut Canyon NM is located 10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928)526-3367 and on the web at www.nps.gov/waca. Sunset Crater Volcano NM is located six miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928)526-0502 and on the web at www.nps.gov/sucr. Wupatki NM is 26 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89, and can be reached at (928)679-2365 and on the web atwww.nps.gov/wupa. All three monuments are open daily, except December 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Did You Know?
Walnut Canyon has been protected since 1904, first as part of the San Francisco Mountain Reserve (later Coconino National Forest). Early caretakers lived in a log cabin on the canyon rim. Walnut Canyon National Monument was established in 1915, one year before the National Park Service.