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.