Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills Sights

The 2 million acres of the Black Hills are about evenly split between private property and the Black Hills National Forest. Fortunately for visitors, the national forest is one of the most developed in the United States. Roads are numerous and generally well maintained, and navigation is easy. Towns with services are plentiful (compared with the Wyoming plains to the west), so you needn't worry

about how much gas you've got in your tank or where you'll find a place to stay at night. Rapid City, the largest community in the region, is the most popular base for exploring the Black Hills. The northern towns of Deadwood and Spearfish have almost as many services, with less traffic and fewer tourists.

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Adams House

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A tour of the restored Adams House includes an explanation of the tragedies and triumphs of two of the community's founding families...

Adams Museum

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Between the massive stone-block post office and the old railroad depot, there are three floors of displays at the Adams Museum, including...

Bear Country U.S.A

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Encounter black bear, elk, sheep, and wolves at this drive-through wildlife park, which has been entertaining guests for more than 40...

Beautiful Rushmore Cave

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Stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone, ribbons, columns, helictites, and the "Big Room" are all part of the worthwhile tour into this cave.

Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Take a guided tour through an underground gold mine, get some free gold ore samples, explore the mining museum, and do a little gold...

Black Hills Caverns

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Amethysts, logomites, calcite crystals, and other specimens fill this cave, first discovered by gold-seekers in 1882. Half-hour and hour...

Black Hills National Forest

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Hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback-riding trails crisscross this million-acre forest on the state's western...

Black Hills Petrified Forest

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An audiovisual presentation and a self-guided nature walk teach you about the geologic evolution of western South Dakota. Allow about...

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

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More than 600 wild mustangs inhabit this 11,000-acre preserve of rugged canyons, forests, and grasslands along the Cheyenne River. Take...

Broken Boot Gold Mine

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You can pan for gold here, and even if you don't find any you'll leave with a souvenir stock certificate. Visitors may also take a short,...


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