National Park tourism in Texas benefits the economy

Staff Report

Over 5 million visitors at national parks in Texas spent $370,500,000 last year – this resulted in 5,412 jobs which had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $578,500,000. 

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists at the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion of direct spending by more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 322,600 jobs nationally; 269,900 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $42.5 billion. 

As for the economics of visitor spending, the lodging sector had the highest direct effects, with $7 billion in economic output nationally. The restaurants sector had the second greatest effects, with $4.2 billion in economic output nationally. 

The national parks in Texas are:  

  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument 
  • Amistad National Recreation Area 
  • Big Bend National Park 
  • Big Thicket National Preserve 
  • Chamizal National Memorial 
  • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail 
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail 
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site 
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park 
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area 
  • Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park 
  • Padre Island National Seashore 
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park 
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River 
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park  
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument 

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