The National Park Service preserves America’s natural and cultural treasures, attracting visitors from across the country and around the world. This year, they turn 100!
For nearly a century, national parks have drawn people from across the U.S. and around the globe who enjoy their splendor as a recreational opportunity or simply as an unparalleled sightseeing experience. But beyond their natural beauty, our public lands contribute to our local and national economies.
Every dollar invested in the national parks yields nearly $10 in economic activity. In 2015, the national parks welcomed more than 307 million visitors, supporting 295,300 jobs and $32 billion in economic activity annually. By restoring park operations and maintenance funding, launching the Centennial Challenge and reauthorizing recreational fee authority, we’ll make strides in ensuring visitors a safe, enriching park experience our national parks’ next century of operation.