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Yak Ridge, just outside Keystone, SD and only 5 miles from Mt Rushmore

Yak Ridge is only five miles from Mount Rushmore and centrally located to the major attractions in the Black Hills! The area offers something for visitors of all ages and interests: parks, caves, wildlife, hiking, climbing, biking, lakes, streams, museums, history, culture, dining, shopping, micro breweries, fishing, wineries, and relaxing. Below is just a sampling of what the Black Hills have to offer.  Enjoy!

Parks, Monuments, and Scenic Byways



Food and Beverage

Nearly three million people visit Mount Rushmore each year. The busiest months are June, July and August. May, September and October are less busy and popular months to visit as well. Don’t miss the lighting ceremony held at dush during the summer season.
Reptile Gardens has more species and subspecies of reptiles than any other zoo or wild animal park in the world! Reptile Gardens is a premier South Dakota destination that houses some of the world’s deadliest snakes and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Reptile Zoo.
Custer State Park in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota is also home to one of the world’s largest publicly-owned bison herds, nearly 1,300 strong. Each fall they bring in the thundering herd. The annual roundup, held the last Friday in September, is open to the public.
The Alpine Inn is noted for its friendly, homey atmosphere steeped in old world charm, and its delicious meals. The luncheon menu boasts both ethnic European and contemporary dishes. The famously streamlined evening menu features filet mignon and homemade desserts!
Crazy Horse Memorial is located in the heart of the Black Hills. The Mountain is 6,532 ft and ranks 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. The Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians.

Rushmore Tramway Adventures offers visitors spectacular, aerial views of the Mount Rushmore. Our location, about two miles west of the historic treasure, provides some of the most unique views of Mount Rushmore you’ll ever see. The Mountain-Top Grille sits atop the summit and offers our patrons a wide-array of food and drinks.

Don’t miss the annual Black Hills Film Festival, featuring South Dakota-produced films and films shot on location in South Dakota, among other national and international entries. The Black Hills Film Festival is a non-profit organization operating in Hill City, South Dakota.
The Annie Lode Coffee Cabin is a year-round drive-thru coffee shop located three miles northeast of Hill City, SD. We proudly make every cup of coffee with freshly-pulled shots of espresso and offer friendly service.

Custer State Park

The granite peaks are calling. The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park, and let yourself run wild. Custer State Park encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park, you’ll discover a world of adventure!

Cosmos Mystery Area is a unique and family friendly attraction, located amongst the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Enjoy approximately a 30 minute tour of experiencing a world where mystery, science, and comedy collide as visitors engage in all our hands on experiments; no standing and just listening here!  Just a short walk from Yak Ridge.

A family-friendly event that welcomes Christmas with a parade, tree lighting, roasted chestnuts, hot cider and cookies, and special guests and events throughout the town.  Parade kicks off at 6p sharp and Santa visits with children and hands at the SD State Railroad Museum following the parade.

Experience our award-winning wines in a fun and relaxed setting in the heart of the Black Hills. We’re Hill City’s only working winery and our wines have earned more than 930 awards since 2001. Our kitchen offers housemade menu items including gluten-free, vegetarian and kids’ options. Menu selections vary with the season and many ingredients are sourced locally.

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. Today, the park’s 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie are home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets.

You will find fun on all levels at the Black Hills’ newest adventure park.  Explore Rushmore Cave on a scenic cave tour, cruise down the mountain on the NEW Rushmore Mountain Coaster, soar through the air on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride, and shoot’em up at the Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride.

It’s a mountain of family fun!

The Black Hills Powwow or He Sapa Wacipi is a preeminent Black Hills event that’s three days filled with Native American singing, dancing, drum groups, art show, handgames, athletic competitions and other events. The Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the US attracting hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and thousands of spectators from across North America.

If you love to cook and love to eat, we’re your first stop in Rapid City. Browse our extensive collection of “all things kitchen,” sip your favorite coffee drink at our espresso bar, and enjoy a leisurely shopping experience in the comforting world of kitchen and home. Many SD products. Enjoy cooking classes, some taught by Julie, your host at Yak Ridge.

Immerse yourself within the third longest cave in the world. With over 192 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Truly a jewel in the National Park Service.

Bear Country USA is a unique drive-thru wildlife park featuring North American wildlife. From the comfort of your own vehicle observe black bears, elk, mountain lions, buffalo, reindeer and other wildlife in their natural environment.Enjoy the playful antics of bear cubs and other park offspring in the walk through Babyland.

The race will start in Keystone and gain about 200 feet in the first mile as you climb towards Mount Rushmore. This is a challenging course with lots of gorgeous views of Mount Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills. The finish line on Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch will have beer garden, hot food, and an excellent place to sit back and relax.

Enjoy homestyle cooking and classic comfort food. Our most popular menu items are our hand-formed burgers. We also feature a vegetarian, black bean burger and since we make everything fresh, we cater to customers who have a sensitivity to gluten. We have locally sourced buffalo burgers and a selection of local craft beers on tap.

The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave features the world’s largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with a 28,295-acre wildlife sanctuary on the surface. More than 140 miles of passages have been mapped making it the third longest cave in the U.S. and the sixth longest cave in the world.

Natural history enthusiasts can rest assured; you will find something unique in this treasure trove of amazing dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and collectibles from all over the world, created by the founding geologists’ passion to collect items they love and to share them with as many people as possible.

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. These hikes are in June and October, They are an opportunity to walk up to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. This Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the US (15,000 in a record year).

Enjoy authentic Nepalese and Indian food right here in South Dakota! You’ll taste our commitment to continue to serve fresh authentic Indian/Nepalese food in every bite!  We will continue to exceed our customers’ expectation by serving the superb cuisine of the region. Lunch Buffet and Full Menu available sevena days a week.

The highest point in South Dakota known as Harney Peak was renamed Black Elk Peak in 2016 in honor of Nicholas Black Elk. At 7,242 feet, Black Elk Peak stands prominently over the Black Hills, topped by a stone fire tower that provides a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape. It is surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest.

Big Thunder Gold Mine (originally named Gold Hill Lode) was discovered in 1892 by immigrant miners. Today, it contains the most types of rocks, structures and minerals indigenous to the area, and it offers mine tours, a mining museum and gold panning. There is also a full-service eatery and a gift shop.

Experience the magic as you take a one hour, round trip journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to board the train. Passengers enjoy hot cocoa, a sugar cookie and a special story on the way to the North Pole. Santa hands out a special gift to each child on the return trip.

Krull’s Market is a full service grocery and liquor store. We feature a large selection of fresh meat and produce, a well-stocked dairy section, hot and cold deli, paper goods, camping and picnic items, toiletries, over-the-counter medications, floral, ATM,  and much more. They offer low prices and the best possible service!

The George S. Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September of 1998. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. The trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel.
Experience incredible theatre in a stunning setting! Since 1946, this cultural gem has been producing theatre on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp. Join us for musicals, romance, comedy and drama in the rustic beauty of Custer State Park. Casual atmosphere and air-conditioned theater, features concessions and lovely picnic grounds. Reservations recommended.
Enjoy Hill City’s year-round popular events such as August’s Wine-Brew-BBQ, Black Hills Film Festival (April), Sculpture Show (June), Quilt Show (September) and much more…there’s always something fun to do in our town!
Skogen Kitchen, a chef driven concept, offers innovative breakfast and dinner options.  Owners Eliza Belland (General Manager) and Joseph Raney (Executive Chef) have worked and learned from some of the best in the food service industry such as Disney and Patina Restaurant group. Together, they bring their experience to Custer.
Pactola is a place to enjoy life. The lake sets within the backdrop of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Outdoor fun is in every direction. Whether you’re 18 or 88, a day on the lake will make you feel like a kid. Spend a day with us, and enjoy memories for years to come.
The Chamber is an association of business people — working together to make the Pine Ridge area a better place in which to live, work and raise a family. A voluntary non-profit corporation whose purpose is to create, sustain, & enhance Indian Owned Businesses.
500,000 riders, concert fanatics, and street-food enjoyers attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year in the Black Hills of South Dakota, only minutes away from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, and some of the most scenic riding in the country.
We offer homemade burgers, salads, sandwiches, & desserts each created with minimal processing & the best quality ingredients. If you find yourself in Custer, SD, we would love to have you at our table.
The Sheridan Lake South Shore Campground has 129 camp sites on five loops. Restroom facilities are available. A limited number of accessible sites are available. The campground is located in an open ponderosa pine forest and receives heavy use on weekends during the warmer months.
Take a hike! Explore your world! Stop by the SD Game Fish & Parks office to learn about our outdoor heritage through interactive exhibits, hiking/walking trails, hands-on classes and more. FREE admission. Open year-round.
The Dakotas Chapter was formed in the fall of 1977 and became a charter member of the International Studebaker Drivers Club in the spring of 1978.
If you’re in the mood for chicken, pizza, pasta or salads, you’re in the right place. We are one of the only businesses in the area offering pizza delivery to Keystone hotel rooms and homes. That means you can enjoy a nice, hot specialty pizza straight out of the oven whether you live here full-time or you’re just here for a visit.
Sylvan Lake has been one of Custer State Park’s most popular spots since before the park even existed from rooms and fine-dining in the historic Sylvan Lake Lodge, to campsites, a general store, amazing hiking trails, a swimming beach, boat rentals, and more.

Adventure awaits at the SD Air and Space Museum located at Ellsworth Air Force Base just east of Rapid City. Come and experience the fascinating past, take a look at present aircraft technology, and the future of aviation and space exploration.

Some haunted houses create their spirits. We awaken ours. Four haunts, one great price!

Phobia | Keystone Schoolhouse Museum
Torture | Big Thunder Gold Mine
Panic | Big Thunder Forest
Cavernous (NEW!) | Rushmore Cave


If you’re on a quest for one of the best restaurants in Rapid City, SD, search no more. Ask Black Hills residents, and they’ll tell you that if you’re looking for cuisine that’s made fresh in-house every day, the place to visit is the Colonial House Restaurant & Bar.
One of the earliest cultural centers and museums located on an Indian reservation in the United States, The Heritage Center represents the rich and storied heritage of North America’s Native community and the skill and creativity that remain mainstays of the local Lakota and other Native American cultures.
Since 1924, the Days of ’76 has honored Deadwood’s first pioneers – the prospectors, miners, and madams who poured into the Black Hills in 1876 to settle the gold-filled gulches of Dakota Territory. The event has grown to include an historic parade and an award-winning PRCA rodeo. Don’t miss the Days of ’76 museum, open year round.

Every region in the country has one great steakhouse. In the Black Hills, it’s Dakotah Steakhouse. At Dakotah Steakhouse each dish is crafted from scratch and served by our professional staff. With twenty Craft-Beers on tap, an extensive wines by the glass program, and Specialty Martinis the Dakotah Bar the place to be.

During the Cold War, a vast arsenal of nuclear missiles were placed in the Great Plains. Hidden in plain sight, for thirty years 1,000 missiles were kept on constant alert; hundreds remain today. The Minuteman Missile remains an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal.
Today, the traditions of the Black Hills Stock Show® continue with 10 breeds of cattle sales, a Truck Defender 2-day horse sale, the Hutchison Western Stallion Row along with over 300 vendors, and seminars to encourage both livestock producers, horse enthusiasts and the run of the mill city folk to enjoy the western extravaganza.
Sage Creek has been a vital part of downtown Custer and has been strongly supported by the local community ever since opening day. Sage Creek Grille has long supported the local food movement when possible and strives to know the sourcing of the food it prepares fresh daily. We source our buffalo from West River, the seafood is wild and when the herbs are growing, we use them fresh.
Storybook Island is an admission free children’s theme park in Rapid City. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through through Labor Day Weekend. With hands-on playsets and storybook characters that appeal to children of all ages – Storybook Island brings families together, sparks imagination and creates lifelong memories!

Come celebrate during the Annual Gold Discovery Days in Custer. This annual three-day celebration has it all: arts and crafts fair, bed races, volleyball, quilt show, archery shoot, 5K Fun Run/Walk, hot air balloon rally, stick horse rodeo, and large parade.

What began as a seasonal old-fashioned fudge store has since been expanded to include fine handmade chocolates, delicious confections, ice cream, a European coffee bar, and lovely gift items. With two locations in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, we have served chocolate lovers from around the world.
Free family fun at one of the Black Hills’ original tourist attractions, open to the public since 1936! Dinosaur Park is located on a ridge of sandstone that encircles the Black Hills. Along this ridge, dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous have been found and not far from the park their footprints have been found.

Fall  Color Tour

In Autumn, Mother Nature delivers a carnival of color. Crimson, gold, and burgundy drench the landscape in the cool crisp autumn air. Fewer visitors and remarkable views of the fall foliage make September and October the perfect time to visit the Black Hills.

Located in the heart of the Black Hills, and owned and operated by the same family behind the award-winning Prairie Berry Winery, Miner Brewing Company produces craft beers that are both traditional in nature, and yet uniquely and truly “South Dakota.”
See the Black Hills of South Dakota by vintage steam train! This historical steam train experience is narrated and fun for railroad enthusiasts of all ages! It’s an activity like no other in the Black Hills.
The Mammoth Site boasts the largest concentration of mammoths in the world. You can tour this indoor active dig site and view Ice Age fossils. The Mammoth Site offers guide tours, enhanced educational experience with a gaming app and Summer Educational Programs. The Mammoth Site is open year round.
Lost Cabin was founded with one goal in mind: to make exceptional small-batch ales and lagers that reflect our passion for craft beer with a focus on quality, creativity, and community. We use only the finest ingredients in our brewery and work hard to source many of them locally.

Yak Ridge, just outside Keystone, SD and only 5 miles from Mt Rushmore

Spanning 10 acres, the entire hatchery site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ponds, rock walls, water systems and buildings contribute to the site’s historic significance. Although many alterations have been made on the site over the years, each change tells a story about hatchery operations.
Hay Camp Brewing Company brews and serves small-batch hand crafted ales. Our beer, our way, only at our location. See the full story here.
Yak Ridge Cabins and Farmstead
24041 Cosmos Road
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
605 390-7627