|Above, the south entrance sign of Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
A new report by the National Park Service shows that the surrounding communities of Joshua Tree National Park saw great economic benefits in 2016.
Highland Community News reported:
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,505,286 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2016 spent $123,304,500 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,701 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $164,529,900.
“Joshua Tree welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent David Smith, “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”To read more, go here.