It’s hard to overstate the importance of Utah’s 13 national parks, national monuments and historical areas to the state’s economy. In 2018, visitation to these areas accounted for $1.84 billion in economic benefit in Utah. Those expenditure were made by 15.37 million visitors to the state’s parks and recreation areas administered by the National Park Service (NPS), according to the “National Park Visitor Spending Effects” report released late last month by the agency.

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