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Report: National parks shutdown cost Arizona $27M

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona communities near the Grand Canyon lost out on $17 million during last year's partial government shutdown.

That's according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service.

The report found that Grand Canyon visitors typically spend $37.6 million during October on gas, food, lodging and outfitters. That figure fell to $20.6 million as Congress wrangled over the federal budget, forcing the closure of national parks.

The report found that Arizona overall lost out on $27 million, coming in second to California.

About 10 days into the 16-day shutdown, the Obama administration allowed states to pay to reopen national parks to offset harm to tourism. Arizona opted to reopen the Grand Canyon at a cost of $465,000.

The report shows visitors spent $10 for every dollar that Arizona contributed.

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