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Study: National Park Visits In Colorado Generate Big Economic Benefits

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A boat tour offers a closer view of the Black Canyon. (credit: CBS)

A boat tour offers a closer view of the Black Canyon. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Every dollar invested in Colorado’s national parks generates $10 in return. That’s the finding of a survey looking at 2012 tourism numbers.

The National Park Service report says park tourism across the country created more than $347 million in economic benefits.

LINK: NPS.gov/state/CO

It also says the visitors to the parks in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Mesa Verde National Park help fund 5,000 jobs.

LINK: Tourism to Dinosaur National Monument Creates Nearly $17 Million in Economic Benefit

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