National Park Visitation Statistics

The following is a visulization tool created by the National Park Service (NPS), United States Geological Survey (USGS), and edited by BBER. The data comes from an annual report by NPS/USGS. Acording to the 2014  report, New Mexico national park visitors spent an estimated $88.8 Million in local gateway regions while visiting NPS lands in New Mexico. These expenditures supported a total of 1.4 Thousand jobs, $36.9 Million in labor income, $59.4 Million in value added, and $107.7 Million in economic output in the New Mexico economy.


Visitors totals for 2015 to Carlsbad Caverns National Park are at a 12 year peak according to data released by the National Park Service STATS reportexteranal link icon. This means good news for the counties in the southwest of the state which are stuggling with depressed oil prices lately. The increase in visititors helps offset the lower local revenue due to lower oil price. In turn, the increase in visitors is likely the result of these very same lower gas prices at the pump. The National Park Service publishes comments reguarding factors affecting vistition ratesexteranal link icon. The park saw nearly 50,000 more vistors in 2015 than in 2014.

Visitors to the State's National Parks help more than just the tourism industry; hotels only represent about 1/3 of spending by visitorsexteranal link icon to the state, according to a 2014 reportexteranal link icon by the National Park Service and US Geological Servey.

New Mexico National Parks with Visitation Information:

Reference map of New Mexico National Parks

Reference Map of New Mexico Parks (local & state)

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