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South Dakota national parks attract nearly 4 million visitors

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OMAHA, Neb. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 3,950,666 visitors to national parks in South Dakota spent $236.4 million and supported 3,706 jobs in the state in 2012.

"The national parks of South Dakota attract visitors from across the country and around the world and provide premiere historical, cultural, natural, and recreational experiences," said NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds. "This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy -- returning $10 for every $1 invested."

The national parks in South Dakota are: Badlands National Park, Interior; Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer; Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philip; Missouri National Recreational River, Yankton; Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone; and Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs.

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