News Release

Gardner Institute report highlights significance of Zion National Park to Utah’s travel & tourism industry

March 23, 2021 (Salt Lake City) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released a report highlighting the significant economic impact Zion National Park has on Utah’s travel and tourism industry and how improvements proposed at the park’s east entrance have the potential to generate 545 jobs and $36.9 million in GDP per year from 2020 to 2030 in Southwestern Utah.

The report analyzes the future economic impacts of these proposed east Zion developments on Kane and Washington counties over 10 years and considers their potential to distribute visitation. These proposed developments include a new visitor center, electric shuttle fleet, hiking trails, a