A new report reveals just how much revenue was lost by national parks in the early days of the government shutdown.
According to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, as of the first 10 days of the government shutdown, the parks had lost $750 million due to a 7 million visitor decline. That translates into daily losses of approximately 715,000 visitors and $76 million in visitor spending.
"These figures are mind boggling and they only begin to capture the full economic shock of locking up the crown jewels of America - our national parks," said Maureen Finnerty chairperson for the CNPSR and former superintendent of Everglades and Olympic National Parks. “Towns, cities, and even whole states that depend on park tourism are feeling an increasingly strong pinch."
Some of the country's most regularly  visited national parks include Acadia National Park in Maine, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Yosemite National Park in California and Zion National Park in Utah.