The California Desert as an economic driver
Over the last 25 years, the protected lands of the California desert have created an economic windfall. The economic benefit of desert travel, including visitor spending, industry earnings and government revenue, is increasing every year – from $5.5 billion to $7.62 billion in 2018. Travel industry-generated employment in the California desert region has increased by more than 35% since 2010 alone, with more than 73,000 employees in 2018.
Protected desert lands are amazing resources for residents and visitors for hiking, star-gazing, and other forms of recreation. More than half of the residents in California participate in outdoor recreation activities every year, creating real economic benefits in local communities that play host to these activities. Annually, outdoor recreation in California generates $92 billion in consumer spending, 691,000 direct jobs, $30.4 billion in employee wages and salaries and $6.2 billion in state and local tax revenue