Econo Lodge Mt. Rushmore Memorial
908 Madill St, SR 40 E.
Keystone, SD 57751
Phone: (605) 666-4417
Fax: (605) 666-4343
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.
Located three miles from Keystone via U.S. 16-A and SD 244, Mount Rushmore National Memorial recognizes the history of the United States through its portrayal of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt, carved in the granite core of the Black Hills. Though hours vary during in spring and fall, the information center and Lincoln Borglum Museum are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during winter and 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. throughout summer.
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.
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.
Discovered by placer miners in 1876 and opened to the public in 1927, Rushmore Cave in the Black Hills is the 2nd largest cave system in the United States. Containing "the legendary big room," icicle-like stalactites, fossils, massive flowstones and spires of stalagmites, Rushmore Cave began forming 60 million years ago. Open May through October, guided tours last about one hour.
The whole family can enjoy indoor black light miniature golf, Miner's Maze, gemstone panning, the snack bar and the arcade at Putz n Glo.
Prairie Berry Winery produces more than 15 different varieties of award-winning "new world" wine, using old family recipes, fruits of the prairie, grapes and honey. Wine tastings and Euro deli lunches and appetizers are available.
Over 100 friendly farm animals in a clean, relaxed, hands-on environment, including cows, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese; can be found at Old MacDonald's Petting Farm.
Open seven days a week, Stone Faces Winery "produces an array of high-end wines recognized for their quality." Overnight accommodations are available.
More than 20 species of North American mammals in large, natural exhibits are featured at this over 250-acre drive-thru wildlife park in the Black Hills.
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.