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.
Filled with calcite spar crystals, gypsum, frostwork, boxwork, hydromagnesite balloons, stalactites, boulders, tight crawlways and dark fissures, Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world at more than 150 feet. The main Visitor Center and cave entrance is 13 miles west of Custer, South Dakota on Route 16, 24 miles east of Newcastle, Wyoming.
A herd of 1,300 bison roaming freely throughout the park, "one of the largest publically-owned herds in the world;" campsites, one-room, log-style cabins, Center Lake, Legion Lake, Stockade Lake, Sylvan Lake, lodges at Sylvan Lake, Legion Lake and Blue Bell, the State Game Lodge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; hiking trails, and more can be discovered at Custer State Park.
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.
The only 18 hole miniature golf course in Keystone, this multi-tiered course winds its way along a mountain side and is designed after a mine with an actual running waterwheel set against a mountain. The course features three kinds of artificial turf that simulates fairways, putting greens, sand traps, and rough.
Relive the 1880s gold mining experience while at this mine that was once a real, operating gold mine during Keystone's heyday as a gold mining camp and now features informative guides leading you underground where you will receive a sample of gold ore. Visitors can also pan for gold by the stream and a mining museum and gift shop are on site. The mine is open from May to September.
Ride in a rider-controlled sled on one of two 2,000-foot alpine slide tracks at Rushmore Tramway.
Open seven days a week, Stone Faces Winery "produces an array of high-end wines recognized for their quality." Overnight accommodations are available.