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Visitors Flock to Arizona State Parks in Record Numbers

Nearly 3M tourists spent more than $16M at the parks, which lost some funding in 2012.

FTV: Catalina State Park spot

Nearly 3 million people spent time in an Arizona state park during the 2015 fiscal year, according to the state.

Those visitors, which broke the record, spent more than $16 million in the parks.

The numbers are especially good news for the state park system because in 2012 the Legislature cut much of the funding for the park system as a way to save money during the recession.

A legislative oversight committee recently approved a plan to add cabins to four state parks.

That project will be largely funded by private donations.

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