342 Mount Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: (605) 673-4400
Fax: (605) 673-2314
America's favorite Stone Age family comes to life at this fun park/family campground. Kids can play in Flintstone-themed buildings and parks, tour Fred's Bedrock City, ride the Flintmobile, view Mount Rockmore, dine on Brontoburgers and watch the Flintstone Trio Show. The campground overlooks the park. The full-service facility allows you to pitch a tent or park a luxury RV. Showers, laundry facilities, a heated swimming pool and camping cabins are also available. Park admission is $6 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Camping fees vary.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is dedicated to this legendary Oglala Lakota warrior. Crazy Horse was known to have led attacks against several miners in Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Due to bad weather, funding and other factors, the memorial depicting the warrior astride a horse is still on its way of being constructed. The project began in 1948, and consists of a monument, the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Cultural Center. Located in Black Hills near Mount Rushmore, this memorial was commissioned by Lakota Elder, Henry Standing Bear, and was to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski.
Named after Lieutenant George Armstrong Custer, the humongous Custer State Park at 71,000 acres is the largest state park in all of South Dakota. Nestled between the Black Hills, this astonishing nature reserve is known for its wildlife like white-tailed deer, mules, antelopes, mountain lions, burros, elks and more. Don't miss out on the 'begging burros' who earned this name for their tendency to approach cars heading to the park, and then beg for food. There are decently equipped camping grounds available in the park, as well as opportunities for fishing, trekking, swimming, biking, kayaking and horse-riding so a visit is in place!
This world-famous mountain carving by sculptor Gutzon Borglum is one of the United State's most-beloved natural wonders. The 60-foot-tall faces of four of America's greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, look down from their 500-foot mountaintop above the beautiful forests of the Black Hills. While Borglum had originally envisioned the sculpture to include the entire body of each president, budgetary and time concerns forced the sculptor to simply include the heads. The monument has met some controversy due to its location in Lakota land established during the Trety of Fort Laramie. The Avenue of Flags, sculptor's studio and Grandview Terrace, are great vantage points for taking in this marvel.
Known as the third-longest cave in the world, Jewel Cave has more than 122 miles of passages lined with glittering calcite crystals. Visitors can choose from three tours: the Scenic Tour ($8 per person) is a moderately strenuous, one-hour trek on a paved and lighted trail; the Historic Tour ($8) is a two-hour, strenuous trip through the cave lit only by candle lanterns; and, the Spelunking Tour is an extremely strenuous, four-hour exploration of an undeveloped portion of the cave. Check website for varying open hours.
Aptly named, Hill City is located in the heart of the Black Hills mountain range. Though the region that Hill City would be established in saw the first human settlers as early as 7000 BCE, it was the booming mining industry, mainly tin and gold, in the late 19th Century that saw the beginnings of a proper town settlement. After the collapse of the mining industry, the town almost disappeared off the map. Today, the town is a hot-spot for tourism, and is close to places like Mount Rushmore, the Custer State Park and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as well as being the venue for several arts festivals. See the website to know more about Hill City.
Primly situated in South Dakota, the Wild Cave National Park is a historical park site. It is actually a cave, namely the Wind Cave that was given the status of a national park. Touted to be one of the longest cave system around the globe, it is certainly worth a visit. You can avail the cave tours or simply check-out the displays at the on-site visitors center. For details, check website.
Black Hills National Forest is spread over 1.25 million acres (505,857 hectares) and is located in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming. Trees like Ponderosa Pine, Aspen, Bur Oak, and Birch can be found here. Along with trees a lot of animals like elk, mule, deer, pronghorn and white-tailed deer can be seen here. There are more than 200 varieties of native and migratory birds. There are no vehicles permitted inside the forest and it is only accessible by foot.
Sitting Bull Crystal Cave was found by the Duhamel in 1929. Since then this limestone cavern tunnel has been a tourist attraction. Explore this mysterious cave system underneath the Black Hills. Get amazed by the dog-spar crystals and huge crystal ceiling. Check out the Rainbow Arch, Diamond Lake, Crystal Palace and French Chandelier Room. You will surely remember this place for a long time to come.
Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Thunderhead Falls are housed within one of the oldest gold mines of the region. Discovered by mine workers in 1878, who were apparently looking for a quartz vein, the falls became an instant hit with the locals. A wonderful sight featuring a great amount ice cold water dropping to approximately 30 feet (9 meters), right in the middle of a deep, dark cavern looks nothing short of magical. Interestingly, the mine which never produced any gold, today produces quite the income for its private owners as one of the most popular tourist spot in the area.
This astounding park boasts the largest collection of live reptiles in the world, featuring everything from toads to salamanders. It also houses an impressive collection of tortoises, alligators and snakes. Visitors also enjoy a walk-through jungle, animal shows and 40 acres of landscaped grounds. USA Today named this family-attraction one of the “Top 10 Places To Stop the Car and Take A Look.” It is open from April 1-October 30. Admission is $10 for adults; $9.25 for seniors; $6 for children 6-12; free for children under 6.
The Ranch Amusement Park is a nice place to take the entire family out. It features go-kart tracks, a mini golf, bumper boat rides, a 25 feet (7.62 meters) climbing wall, kids rides and a refreshment stand.