- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Officials say Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park attracted more than 4.1 million visitors in 2015, setting a record.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1XMrWDL ) that the National Park Service says visitors spent a combined $450 million in communities around Colorado’s park service land. Communities near Rocky Mountain National Park received $268 million of that total.

The Park Service’s 2015 Economics of Visitor Spending Report says the money helped support 6,937 jobs in Colorado and had a $666.9 million impact on the state economy.

NPS Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica says the 12 national park site in Colorado draw more than 7 million visitors each year.

Rocky Mountain National Park is the third-most visited of the 59 parks in the National Park system.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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