FILE - Horseshoe Bend Arizona

Colorado River's Horseshoe Bend below Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Ariz. 

Recreation on federal lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) in Arizona contributed $1.8 billion in added value to the state’s economy last year, according to a report by the federal agency.

DOI activities contributed $2.3 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) to the state’s economy in 2018 and supported more than 36,000 jobs. All DOI activities accounted for $4 billion economic output in the state, according to the report.

DOI activities in addition to recreation include energy and mineral development, livestock grazing and timber harvesting, grants and payments, and payroll. 

Payroll accounted for the second-highest GDP contributor in Arizona with $217 million, followed by energy and mineral development, which added $180 million in GDP. Recreation also accounted for $3.1 billion in economic output and 28,500 jobs.

The report “highlights the significant contribution our public lands make in our economy, which continues to grow under President Trump’s leadership," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement.

“As the stewards of our public lands and waters, we are committed to being a good neighbor and serving alongside local communities,” he said.

The federal department said its activities contributed $315 billion in economic output and 1.8 million jobs nationally last year. 

DOI-managed lands welcomed 486 million recreational visits last year, which contributed to $58 billion in economic output and supported an estimated 452,000 jobs, the department said.

Arizona brought in a record $1.1 billion in tax revenue last year from tourism spending. Grand Canyon National Park, the second most visited national park last year, welcomed 6.3 million visitors who spent $947 million.

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.