Arizona is one of the most famous states in America when it comes to state parks, camping, hiking, boating, and even horseback riding. Aside from providing nature-loving people with mountain trails and pristine lakes, Arizona State Parks and Trails also provided about 4,200 jobs and has contributed around $272 million to the economy of Arizona.
With the collaboration of Arizona State Parks and Trails and the University of Arizona’s Regional Economic Analysis Program, they were able to complete an economic study on the contribution and impact of Arizona State parks in 2020.
Highlights of the report included how the spending of non-local visitors increased by as much as 20% since 2014. Total spending of visitors to Arizona State Parks including the stores within 50 miles of the parks exceeded $332 million. The largest economic impact was contributed by the state parks in Mohave County totaling $83 million in sales and providing 945 jobs.
Visitors to the state park continue to increase because many visitors choose to explore the great outdoors and the incredible beauty that all of Arizona’s state parks provide.