|Above, businesses of West Yellowstone, Montana. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Like Joshua Tree National Park (that was reported on earlier), the surrounding communities of Yellowstone National Park reaped the benefits of increased visitors with their spending.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported:
Big crowds mean big money, and the towns on the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park reaped the economic benefits of another year with record visitation in 2016.
A U.S. Department of the Interior report released this week said that Yellowstone visitor spending contributed roughly $680.4 million in the park’s gateway communities in Wyoming and Montana in 2016. That’s roughly $42 million more than 2015, and more than $100 million more than 2014.
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