A new report from the National Park Service shows over five million visitors in 2021 spent more than 720 million dollars across the national parks in Montana. According to the National Park Service news release, tourists’ spending resulted in over one billion dollars in the state’s economy and more than 11,000 jobs.

The peer-reviewed study from economists at the US Geological Survey and the National Park Service shows that over 200 million tourists of national parks spent more than 20 billion dollars in gateway communities about 60 miles outside of a national park. Spending from visitors helped support over 300,000 nationwide, with half of those jobs in nearby communities. Lodging and restaurants in national parks had the most visitor spending.

The following is a list of national parks in Montana:

  • Glacier National Park  
  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail 
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park 
  • Little Bighorn National Monument
  • Yellowstone National Park 
  • Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail 
  • Big Hole National Battlefield
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site 
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Follow this link to learn more about all of Montana’s national parks and how the state, as well as the National Park Service, works to preserve these historical sights and maintain environmental conservation.