It is one of the most unique settings anywhere in the world and it's right here in South Dakota.

The stunning beauty of Badlands National Park has been wowing tourists for nearly 100 years, but now you can see it in a way you never have before.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has partnered with More Than Just Parks for a newly released short film showcasing this natural wonder in all its glory.

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The 244,000-acre Badlands National Park in the western part of the state was first authorized as Badlands National Monument in March of 1929, although it was not established until January of 1939 and not designated as a national park until November of 1978.

Each year about a million people visit the park to camp, hike, backpack, and hunt for fossils.

More Than Just Parks is the brainchild of brothers Jim and Will Pattiz, who are award-winning filmmakers and conservationists.

This isn't the first time the state's Department of Tourism has partnered with More Than Just Parks. In 2019, they worked together on a film dedicated to the Black Hills National Forest.

Later this summer, viewers can expect to see films from More Than Just Parks focused on two of South Dakota's other popular tourist destinations: Wind Cave National Park and the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands.

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To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at

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Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

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