A ladder on the Pueblo Loop in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Photo courtesy NPS
BANDELIER PRESS RELEASE
A new report from the National Park Service (NPS) shows that 270,716 visitors to Bandelier in 2021 spent $18,963,000 in communities near the park. These expenditures supported 254 jobs in the region and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $24,794,000.
“National parks are a vital part of our nation’s economy, especially for park gateway communities where millions of visitors each year find a place to sleep and eat, hire outfitters and guides, and use “other local services that help drive a vibrant tourism and outdoor recreation industry,” Superintendent Suddath said. “At Bandelier, we are thrilled to share the history of this place and the experiences that ‘he offers. We also promote the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all it has to offer.
The peer-reviewed analysis of visitor spending was conducted by economists from the National Park Service and the US Geological Survey. The report shows $20.5 billion in direct spending by more than 297 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 322,600 jobs nationwide; 269,900 of these jobs are in these hub communities. The cumulative benefit to the US economy was $42.5 billion.
As for the economy of visitor spending, the accommodation sector had the highest direct effects, with $7 billion in economic output nationwide. The restaurant sector had the second largest effect, with $4.2 billion in economic output nationwide.
The report’s authors also produce an interactive tool that allows users to explore visitor spending, employment, labor income, value added and production effects by sector for national, state and local economies. Users can also view trend data year by year. The interactive tool and report are available on the NPS Social Science Program webpage: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/socialscience/vse.htm
To learn more about New Mexico’s national parks and how the National Park Service works with New Mexico communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to National Parks of New Mexico.
Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. At Frijoles Canyon, the park visitor center and park store (operated by the Western National Parks Association) are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cafe, Sirphey at Bandelier, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park entry fees are $25 per private vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, or $15 per bike/person. All entry passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in entrance fees. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands passes are accepted for entrance fees. The full suite of America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes and Bandelier Annual Passes are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. For more information on pass types and prices, visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.