Report: Utah’s Economy Benefits From Tourism and Recreation on DOI Lands


According to a report released today by the Department of the Interior, Utah’s economy benefits more than any other state from tourism and recreational activities on Interior-managed land. The report states that more than 20,000 jobs and $1.7 billion in economic output in 2010 were supported by Utah’s federal lands.

“I’ve always said we have a beautiful state, with stunning views and vistas. Our scenery alone makes Utah a highly desirable place to visit,” the Governor said. “One of the key reasons Utah is leading the nation out of the recession is the diversity of our economy. Outdoor recreation is one of our seven key economic clusters or areas of focus. This report confirms that the multiple use of our public lands is beneficial in many ways.”

The entire report, entitled The Department of Interior’s Economic Contributions, can be found at:

The report’s findings include:

  • More than 21 million people visited Interior recreation sites in Utah in 2010.
  • Recreation on Interior-managed lands is estimated to support about 20,000 jobs.
  • Visitation to Interior sites supports about 15,000 jobs in rural areas of Utah.
  • In FY 2010, BLM lands around Moab and Arches National Park attracted 2.3 million visits. Visitors from out-of-town spent an estimated $269.2 million and supported 3,991 local jobs.
  • In FY 2010, Interior supported 27,741 jobs from energy and mineral development on DOI-managed lands in Utah.
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