Parks, Monuments, and Scenic Byways
Food and Beverage
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.
Custer State Park
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
Deerfield Reservoir and Recreation Area
Deerfield Reservoir is fed by Castle Creek flowing into and out of the reservoir. Fishing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and ice skating are popular activities. The complex has three campgrounds, two boat launches, two picnic areas and hiking trails.
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.
Spearfish Canyon is the Northern Hill’s number one natural attraction. A great spot for wildlife enthusiasts, as the diverse array of plant life provides a comfortable home for deer, mountain goats, porcupines and bobcats, Spearfish Canyon is also a place for outdoor enthusiasts. Rock climbing, biking, hiking and fishing are just a few of the activities that visitors and residents utilize this natural wonder for.
Over 50 hikes in the Black Hills region of South Dakota including Custer State Park, Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks, and the Harney Range. Also included are the Bearlodge Mountains and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.
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.
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.