A new federal report finds in 2014 national parks saw a record number of visitors. And, those tourists generated nearly $30 billion in economic activity.
Colorado has a dozen national parks. More than 6 million people visited these sites last year, according a National Park Service report.
It says tourists contributed more than $370 million in visitor spending to local gateway communities. And, the study says that spending supported 5,800 jobs in the state.
Overall, NPS estimates national parks had an economic impact of $552 million on Colorado’s economy.
The movement to transform Colorado National Monument into a national park hit a setback Monday.