National Parks

National Parks Shutdown Costing Money, Not Saving It

Something that produces revenue for the government via voluntary action. Can't have that!

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Every day that America's national parks remain shut down, $76 million is lost at the "Barrycades."

Last year, the country's 410 parks and monuments hosted 715,000 visitors a day. Turned away by padlocked gates and officious orange cones, the flow of tourists has dwindled to a trickle – and so has the revenue.

In addition to the $76 million in lost daily visitor spending, $450,000 in daily campground fees and boat rentals has also dried up, according to data compiled by a Park Service organization.