Local Area Attractions
Our cool mountain nights and central location make an ideal base camp for your Black Hills vacation. We are located one mile west of historic Deadwood on Highway 14A. Less than one hour to all Black Hills attractions
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Broken Boot Gold Mine
The intriguing story of one of America's last great gold rushes comes to life at Deadwood's Broken Boot Gold Mine, established in 1878. Step into the Black Hills' best underground mine tour and return to a time when the powerful punch of a miner's pick and the roaring boom of a black powder blast signaled the ongoing search for the richest veins of gold on earth. Follow the path of ore cars deep underground into the century-old shafts of the Broken Boot. Walk in the footsteps of thousands of faceless miners who sought their fortunes in the dark and explosive atmosphere of black powder and candlelight. Experienced guides will help you discover the mysteries and magic of on-time gold mining techniques. Then try your luck at gold panning the same way prospectors did here more than 100 years ago. Every guest will go home with a souvenir "share" of stock in the legendary mine. Open mid-May through mid-September, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Tours are conducted every thirty minutes (lasting approximately thirty minutes and easily accessible to all ages).
Black Hills Mining Museum
Share the thrill experienced by the old time prospectors by panning your own GOLD! Walk through time with "miner" tour guides in timbered passages of a simulated underground gold mine. View historic mining artifacts and local history exhibits. This museum includes a historic video presentation of mining in the Black Hills, a gift shop with gold panning books and supplies and much more. Open daily mid-May to mid-September 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Homestake Gold Mine Surface Tours
It's about hard work, it's about discovery, it's about people their families and the history of the oldest gold mine in the West. Homestake is more than a museum. The Homestake Mine was the oldest and deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere reaching more than 8,000 feet below the town of Lead. Since its closure in 2002, local and state officials have been working hard to turn the former mine into a world-class scientific research laboratory. You can still take surface tours that offer the rare chance to witness the evolution of American gold mining from the early days of panning and digging to today's high-tech methods. You will learn about the early years of the mine, the gold recovery process and innovations, such as the hoists that provided access for personnel and materials into the underground. With Homestake's fascinating tour, displays, mining artifacts and terrific gift shop, your family will be sure to have a blast. Open year-round. From September through May open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. June, July and August open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.