Econo Lodge Mt. Rushmore Memorial
908 Madill St, SR 40 E.
Keystone, SD 57751
Phone: (605) 666-4417
Fax: (605) 666-4343
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children of all ages agree that this family-centered park is a winner. The 37,000-square-foot, two-level maze featuring 1.2 miles of passages, stairways, towers and bridges is challenging and fun. The park also includes a 19-station bank-shot basketball court, roller racers, Maze Mountain, paint ball course, water games and a toddler-sized maze for the littlest explorers. Getting lost has never been this much fun. Admission is charged per individual attraction; call for prices. Check website for varying open hours.
Members of Arrowhead can enjoy unlimited driving range privileges, two practice putting greens, a practice chipping area, first-class dining facility with four distinctive dining settings, three indoor courts, two lighted outdoor courts, a fitness center, seasonal outdoor pool and much more.
Meadowbrook is a traditional 18-hole championship golf course located at the foot of the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Rapid Creek comes into play on five holes of the course, which contains large undulating greens that are well protected by more than 60 bunkers.
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.
Hart Ranch offers an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course, eight miles south of Rapid City.
Designed by Mark Simpson, the 2,880-yard Fountain Springs is joined by a putting green, driving range and chipping area.
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 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.