Arizona's national parks and monuments are pumping three-quarters of a billion dollars into the state's economy. A new report from the National Park Service shows just under 10 -million people visited Arizona's national park areas in 2012. Craig Dalby with the Park Service says whether it is a local visitor on a day or weeklong family vacation, school kids on a field trip, or out-of-town visitors – they all spend money in – and on the way to – national parks.
There are 24 National Park Service units in Arizona. This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning ten-dollars for every one-dollar invested in the National Park Service.