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Report Details Economic Impact of Arizona’s National Parks

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, near Flagstaff | Courtesy of National Park Service

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, near Flagstaff | Courtesy of National Park Service

Nearly 10 million people visited Arizona’s national parks in 2012, and those visitors spent $745.6 million here — enough to support 11,470 jobs in the state — according to a National Park Service report released March 3.

The report also confirms an often-repeated anecdote about national parks: For every $1 invested in the Park Service, $10 in economic impact is generated.

The Park Service’s findings were part of a peer-reviewed study that analyzed visitor spending at parks throughout the U.S. Nationally, the report found, the 283 million visitors to national parks in 2012 spent $14.7 billion at communities within 60 miles of the park they were visiting. That spending supported 243,000 jobs and had a cumulative economic benefit of $26.75 billion, the report said.

To read the full report, click here.

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Help Support Arizona’s State Parks…

Dead Horse Ranch by Derek Von Briesen

Arizona is incredibly fortunate to have so many magnificent state parks and natural areas — that’s the good news. Here’s more good news: Some 2.2 million people visit these sites each year. Translation? Tourism is great for Arizona’s economy, something that affects every single person who lives in this state.

Now, for the bad news: You may have heard in the news recently that many of these sites and parks are in danger of being closed; or even worse, the entire parks system could completely collapse due to a lack of funding.

With 31 state parks at risk, including the stunning landscapes at Red Rock State Park, the cooling waters at Slide Rock State Park and the magical saguaros at Lost Dutchman State Park, it’s our duty as stewards of our state to help avert this crisis.

Now, AAA Arizona will donate $10 to the Arizona State Parks Foundation for each new auto, home or life insurance quote requested through the rest of the month.

That’s it.

A simple phone call.

Five minutes can really make a big difference.

All you have to do is call (toll-free) 1-866-298-1232 or stop by your local AAA office, and mention “State Parks.”

Need even more motivation to make that call?

In 2007, NAU calculated the economic impact of our state parks to Arizona. It found that directly and indirectly, the parks contributed more than $266 million to our economy, which includes 3,347 jobs and more than $22 million in taxes to state and local governments.

AAA Insurance and the Arizona State Parks Foundation are working hard to overcome these threats by advocating for a sustainable State Park system.

What can we say? We love a great cause like this.

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