(ARCO, ID) — The National Park Service has released a report showing that Craters of the Moon National Monument contributes an estimated $6 million to the local economy each year. The report also noted that the preserve also supports more than regional jobs. Nearly 200,000 people visited Craters of the Moon in 2011, bringing business to outlying communities like Carey and Arco. National parks as a whole boost Idaho’s economy by about $24 million every year, providing more than 350 jobs.
Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
Stephan Rockefeller and Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com