- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s national parks drew 11.7 million visitors last year who spent over $932 million in the state.

A report by the National Park Service found an over 11 percent increase in spending and a nine percent increase in visitors from 2014 to 2015 at the 20 national parks in Arizona.

Grand Canyon National Park accounted for roughly half of the overall parks visits and spending in the state. The park broke records last year with over five million visitors.

The report found that total spending by visitors to Arizona’s national parks ranked fifth highest in the nation.

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said visitors have a positive impact on the local and Arizona economies.

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