National Park Tourism Brings Money To Idaho

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By Andrew Reed

Southern Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) A new National Park Service report shows that more than half a million visitors to national parks in Idaho spent 25.5 million dollars.

And, this supports more than 400 jobs in the state.

The national parks of Idaho attract visitors from across the country and around the world, whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a family vacation.

"These are amazing sites. They are national and international sites, and they are in people’s backyards," points out Judy Geniac, National Parks Service.

The national parks in southern Idaho include City of Rocks National Reserve, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, and Minidoka National Historic Site.

"Tourism is starting to pick up since we are approaching the spring, and we are entering a busier season. We are expecting higher visitation at Hagerman and Minidoka National Historic site," Geniac explains.

In 2012, more than 24 thousand people visited the Hagerman Monument, and that number is expected to increase.

"Every year it increases a little bit, and we are hoping to improve signage and do some other things to help bring people here," Geniac says.

Visitors who stopped by the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument spent more than a million dollars in communities near the park.

That spending supported 19 jobs in the local area.

"Everyone is so lucky to have these sites and the surprise there are in Southern Idaho. I would encourage people to get out and explore and have fun," Geniac says.

Exploring national parks that are right in your backyard.

For a complete list of activities taking place at southern Idaho national parks, log onto nps.gov.


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