KEYSTONE, S.D. (KOTA TV)
Yellowstone National Park has reported five percent fewer visitors so far this year, compared to last year. But that is not a trend that carries over to Mount Rushmore.
Through the first six months of the year, Mount Rushmore has seen attendance go up 1.12% from 2016.
Many national parks are seeing fewer people relative to last year because 2016 was their centennial celebration.
But, for the Black Hills, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the biggest contributing factor to tourists in the area. The Monday of the rally is one of Mount Rushmore's most frequented days.
Consistently, the most attended day of the year at Mount Rushmore is July third. That date saw an uptick of 5.3 percent from 2016.