National Park visitors spend big in San Juans, $18M in 2011

A birds-eye view of the formal gardens at English Camp.  - Contributed photo/NPS
A birds-eye view of the formal gardens at English Camp.
— image credit: Contributed photo/NPS

In 2011, San Juan Island National Historical Park drew more than 266,000 visitors, who, collectively, accounted for roughly $18 million in spending in the area, according to a study by Michigan State University commissioned by the National Parks Service.

The Parks Service estimates that spending helped to support 250 local jobs in the community.

“San Juan Island National Historical Park is a wonderful place to learn about America’s story,” said Lee Taylor, superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park. “We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience the park and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know this amazing part of the country."

The Michigan State report estimates 63 percent of the 250 local jobs are in the lodging and hospitality industry, with 17 percent in the recreation and entertainment field, and 11 percent in retailing.

Nationally, the report shows $13 billion of direct spending by 279 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That visitor spending had a $30 billion impact on the entire U.S. economy and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide.

To learn more about national parks in Washington State and how the National Park Service works with communities to preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide local recreation opportunities, go to


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