Report: Colorado national monument visitors spent over $18M

Posted at 11:23 AM, May 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-06 13:23:47-04

STEAMBOAT, Colo. (AP) — A new report says visitors to a Colorado national monument known for its dinosaur fossils spent more than $18 million in nearby communities last year.

The National Park Service says Dinosaur National Monument drew more than 300,000 visitors last year. They spent money in the town of Dinosaur and Jensen and Vernal in nearby Utah.

The Steamboat Pilot reports ( ) about a third of that spending was on lodging. Almost 20 percent was at restaurants and 15 percent went toward gas.

The spending supported 244 jobs mainly in hotels and restaurants.

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