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Arizona's Most Popular National Parks, Ranked

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More than 10 million people visited Arizona's national parks last year, according to new figures released by the National Park Service.

The Park Service says more than $773 million of spending occurred in Arizona thanks to tourism to the parks, supporting dozens of jobs. Check out which parks were the most popular:

10.) Walnut Canyon National Monument

Visitors: 105,225
Visitor spending: $6,596,900
Jobs supported: 83

9.) Wupatki National Monument

Visitors: 160,338
Visitor spending: $10,052,200
Jobs supported: 128

8.) Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Visitors: 184,864
Visitor spending: $10,189,600
Jobs supported: 129

7.) Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Visitors: 194,379
Visitor spending: $12,074,900
Jobs supported: 166

6.) Montezuma Castle National Monument

Visitors: 326,836
Visitor spending: $20,490,400
Jobs supported: 287

5.) Petrified Forest National Park

Visitors: 603,512
Visitor spending: $38,621,300
Jobs supported: 475

4.) Saguaro National Park

Visitors: 678,261
Visitor spending: $41,150,700
Jobs supported: 569

3.) Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Visitors: 776,737
Visitor spending: $50,746,500
Jobs supported: 664

2.) Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Visitors: 4,420,353
Visitor spending: $231,398,100
Jobs supported: 2,628

1.) Grand Canyon National Park

Visitors: 4,564,841
Visitor spending: $476,194,800
Jobs supported: 6,238

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