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Mount Rushmore drew the most visitors of South Dakota's National Parks in 2016.
Mount Rushmore drew the most visitors of South Dakota's National Parks in 2016.
Mike Tigas via Wikimedia Commons
April 26, 2017

National Parks in South Dakota Draw 4.5 Million Visitors and $377 Million

In 2016, 4.5 million individuals visited national parks within South Dakota, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Mount Rushmore National Memorial drew the largest number of visitors at 2.4 million, followed by Badlands National Park at 996,263 visitors. The total number of visitors to South Dakota’s national parks in the state can be viewed below: 

National Park Visitors in 2016
Mount Rushmore National Memorial 2,431,231
Badlands National Park 996,263
Wind Cave National Memorial 617,377
Jewel Cave National Monument 137,275
Minuteman Missile National Historic District 133,895
Missouri National Recreation River 148,210

Visitors to the Rushmore State’s national parks helped boost the state’s economy with $292 million spent in communities surrounding the parks. Overall, visitor spending contributed $377 million to local economies, according to the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics Report.

Read more about National Park Service visitors at the agency’s statistics site. Learn more about the environment and conservation in the Black Hills region at the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s Issue Hub page

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