MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 3,807,375 visitors to national parks in South Dakota spent $165 million in communities surrounding those parks. This spending supported 2,651 jobs across the state.
"The six national park service units in South Dakota are great places to learn about America's story," said Mount Rushmore Superintendent Cheryl Schreier. "We attract visitors from across the U.S. and around the world who come here to experience these parks and then spend time and money enjoying the services provided by our neighboring communities and getting to know all that this state has to offer. The National Park Service is proud to have been entrusted with the care of America's most treasured places and delighted that the visitors we welcome generate significant contributions to the local, state, and national economy."
To download the report – which provides park-by-park information – visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2011.
The national parks in South Dakota are Badlands National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Missouri National Recreation River, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Wind Cave National Park.