Cost of the shutdown in national parks: $76 million per day

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There may not be very much data on who’s signing on with the Affordable Care Act. But money and public interest lost in the nation’s great parks due to the federal shutdown? The 900-member Coalition of National Park Service Retirees is on it.

The group compared current numbers and revenues with those from a year ago, and here’s what they found:

The parks were down by 715,000 visitors daily, and they lost $76 million in visitor spending per day. They also figured that $450,000 in revenue was lost each day that would go directly to the National Park Service, such as entrance and campground fees or boat rentals.

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was affected the most, losing 120,000 visitors in the first 10 days of the shutdown, which translates to almost $12 million in revenue.

“These figures are mind-boggling and they only begin to capture the full economic shock of locking up the crown jewels of America - our national parks,” observes Maureen Finnerty, president of the group and former superintendent of Everglades and Olympic national parks.

Wait, there’s more:

Everglades National Park (Florida) - 25,083 lost visitors in first 10 days, $3,857,534 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania) - 27,397 lost visitors in first 10 days, $1,796,712 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

Glacier National Park (Montana) - 60,273 lost visitors in first 10 days, $3,076,712 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) - 120,000 lost visitors in first 10 days, $11,750,684 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee) - 257,534 lost visitors in first 10 days, $23,123,287 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho) - 98,630 lost visitors in first 10 days, $9,452,054 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

Yosemite National Park (California) - 106,849 lost visitors in first 10 days, $10,021,917 lost visitor dollars in first 10 days.

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