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The United States celebrated National Park Week in April and in conjunction with the celebration, the Interior Department released data about the economic impact the nation’s parks have on the communities near the sanctuaries. 

And no place is that impact more apparent than in Utah. According to figures released by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Utah’s economy saw a $1.1 billion infusion in direct tourist spending in 2017 from people visiting the state’s five national parks. That placed Utah fifth among the states in total economic impact and fourth in the  number of jobs directly related to national park visitation.

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