A new National Park Service report showed that nearly 1.5 million national park visitors in New Mexico in 2011 spent $102 million and supported 1,538 jobs in the state. Nationwide, visitors to the 398 units of the National Park System had a combined $30 billion economic benefit that supported 252,000 jobs. The report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.
New Mexico’s national parks include Cibola County’s El Malpais National Monument and El Morro National Monument. According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in lodging, food, and beverage service (63 percent). Other spending categories include recreation and entertainment (17 percent), other retail (11 percent), transportation and fuel (seven percent) and wholesale and manufacturing (two percent).
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