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342 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, SD, US, 57730

  • Phone: (605) 673-4400
  • Fax: (605) 673-2314
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"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.

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88% of guests recommend this hotel

Outdoor Activities

»Flintstones Bedrock City Park and Campground

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.

422 West Mount Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730

»Mount Rushmore National Monument

This instantly recognizable mountain carving by sculptor Gutzon Borglum is one of the nation's most-beloved treasures. 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. The Avenue of Flags, a concession building, sculptor's studio and Grandview Terrace, sets the stage for quality viewing. Admission is free, but there is an $8 parking fee. Check website for varying open hours.

13000 Highway 244
Keystone, SD 57751

»Jewel Cave

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.

11149 U.S. Highway 16
Custer, SD 57730

»Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest covers more than 1.25 million acres throughout South Dakota and Wyoming. President Grover Cleveland first created the Black Hills Forest Reserve in 1897, and then it was redesignated as a National Forest in 1907, after the creation of Forest Service. The Black Hills are the ancestral home of several different tribes of Native Americans including the Ponca, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa Apache, whose people have resided in the area for at least 10,000 years. The Black Hills National Forest also contains Mount Rushmore as well as the newer Crazy Horse Memorial. The forest contains hundreds of miles of trails for and 30 campgrounds as well as 11 reservoirs.

Black Hills National Forest
Custer, SD

»Wind Cave National Park

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.

26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

»Black Hills

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.

Deerfield Road
Custer, SD 57730

»Southern Hills Municipal Golf Course

Southern Hills Municipal is a public 18-hole golf course.

West Highway 18
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

»Reptile Gardens

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.

8955 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57702

»Golf Club at Red Rock, The

This 7,000-yard, par-72 championship golf course features USGA specification greens, lush rolling fairways, surrounded by native fescue grasses and tall ponderosa pine trees; dramatic elevation changes, and links-style bunkers.

6520 Birkdale Drive
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702

»Black Hills Caverns

This family-adventure cave features one of the widest varieties of crystal cave formations in the area. Rare amethyst, frost crystal, logomites, stalagmites and helectites draw visitors into the depths of this natural beauty. Two guided tours are available: the Adventure Tour ($8 adults; $5 children 6-12) is a one-hour tour of all three cave levels; the Crystal Tour ($7 adults; $4 children 6-12) is an easy half-hour stroll through the first level only. Cave temperature hovers around 48 degrees, so wear a light jacket. Children under 6 are free.

2600 Cavern Road
Rapid City, SD 57701
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