Colorado’s national parks bring in $374M of visitor spending for 2014

April 23, 2015
Photo: Rocky Mountain National Park (AP Photo)
Yangsook Chung, left, and Manlim Choi, from Salt Lake City, take a snapshot along a short trail at a scenic overlook off Trail Ridge Road, above tree-line at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Monday, July 14, 2014.

a new National Park Service report says. 

That means that state's 12 national parks and monuments created $552.1 million in economic benefit, and Rocky Mountain National Park created the lion's share, according to the report. Total spending at Colorado national parks increased about $44 million over last year. 

“From Dinosaur National Monument to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, the national parks of Colorado draw more than 6 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world,” said Sue Masica, director of the NPS Intermountain Region, which includes Colorado and seven other states.

Here's how the numbers broke down by park in Colorado: 

Park NameNon-local visitsNon-local visitor spending, in thousandsJobs
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison NP 172,137$10,810.5148
Great Sand Dunes NP&PRES 256,651$15,563.6 232
Mesa Verde NP491,165$49,857.0739
Rocky Mountain NP3,140,342 $210,313.23,281
Colorado NM391,230 $24,976.6381
Dinosaur NM237,172 $14,128.3194
Florissant Fossil Beds NM53,170$3,392.552
Hovenweep NM25,174$1,599.8 23
Yucca HouseNo dataNo dataNo data
Bent's Old Fort NHS 24,555$1,377.1 21
Sand Creek Massacre NHS7,402 $415.27
Curecanti NRA931,368$38,728.6 522

The report acknowledges that some visitors don't come to a region specifically for a park, so not all of their spending can be attributed to the NPS.