A new National Park Service report shows that, in 2013, Lake Mead National Recreation Area visitors spent $260 million in communities within 60 miles of the park.
That's an $8 million increase compared to 2012.
The recreation area ranked among the top 10 in visitor spending compared to the National Park Service's 401 units.
Nationwide, the report shows that 273.6 million national park visitors spent $14.6 billion in nearby communities.
The ripple effect of visitor spending provided a $26.5 billion benefit to the U.S. economy and supported 237,000 jobs. Visitor spending at Lake Mead National Recreation Area supported 2,905 local jobs.
According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).