Local Area Attractions
Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump is a premier archeological site located at the edge of the northern Black Hills in Wyoming. It was used by Plains Indian groups for over three hundred years. While there were many buffalo jumps scattered throughout the Plains, the Vore site is one that was used by at least five tribes. The site both an active archeological dig and an educational site. The visitor center is housed in an oversized tipi replica.
The Vore Buffalo Jump is open to the public June 1st – Labor Day, 8 am to 6 pm. Entrance fee is $7 per person with a $20 maximum per family. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the increasingly famous Vore Site as well as the larger picture of the cultures that Plains Indians built around the buffalo.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower in Northeastern Wyoming was declared America’s first National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It could actually be called America's first natural monument as it is actually the core of a volcano exposed after millions of years of erosion brought on by the Belle Fourche River and weather. The rock monolith rises over 1,000 feet above the river valley and creates an incredible vista.
Devils Tower is an important landmark for Native Americans and area pioneers. Several Black Hills tribes consider the site to be sacred. Additionally, rock climbers from around the world revere the tower for its versatile and challenging climbing routes.
The monument is home to many species of wildlife and boasts an impressive prairie dog town where visitors can see the small rodents at play. Guests can visit the interpretive center and gift shop, chat with a ranger or walk one of the many trails in the park, including one that takes a loop around the base of the tower. Children are encouraged to participate in the junior ranger program and guests of all ages enjoy the many cultural activities put on by park staff.
There is a fee at the entrance gate.
Keyhole State Park
Keyhole State Park is named for the beautiful Keyhole Reservoir just outside of Moorcroft, Wyoming and surrounding the town of Pine Haven. The reservoir offers excellent fishing for walleye, catfish, small mouth bass and northern pike. Boaters and swimmers are welcome as well as picnic goers who will enjoy the breathtaking views from the sandstone cliffs that surround much of Keyhole.
The Golf Club at Devils Tower
The Golf Club at Devils Tower overlooks the town of Hulett, Wyoming and is renowned throughout the region as an elite course. It features a rich history, lush fairways and scenic views. Iconic Devils Tower can be seen from many of the holes. The course was recognized as America’s Top Facility by the National Golf Foundation.
Designed by Richard M. Phelps, ASGCA, the Club is an 18-hole, par 72 course spread over approximately 150 acres. Numerous trees surround the grounds, with fairways that feature slight undulations. Water comes into play on three holes, and one requires a tee shot overwater.
Mt. Rushmore is a beautiful intricate carving of four of the most famous United States PresidentsL located just 23 miles southwest of Rapid City, SD, the carving of the monument started in 1927 by Gutzon Borglum along with 400 other stone carvers and ended in 1941. Featuring George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, the monument was created to remind viewers of the impact that these incredible men had on the birth, growth, development and preservation of our country.
The visitor facilities at Mt. Rushmore are open 12 months of the year and 7 days of the week (excluding Dec. 25th) and opens at 8:00 a.m. The monument offers a number of other amenities including a gift shop, ice cream, an evening lighting ceremony, an audio tour, and a cafe that are open at various times throughout the year. Mt. Rushmore is a great opportunity to learn about the history, culture, nature, and science of not only the monument and the Black Hills, but also our amazing country!
Crow Peak Brewing Company
Crow Peak Brewing Company is a beautiful brewery located in Spearfish, SD. Brewmaster Jeff Drumm served his first Crow Peak beer in 2007. Since then his delectable brews are in high demand to beer-drinkers in Spearfish and surrounding areas. Jeff decided that expansion was necessary and in 2009 the company went through major expansion construction and now distributes all across South Dakota, as well as surrounding states. The expansion included many necessary improvements for the growing demand of the brew including making what was a 3 barrel brew system before into an impressive 30 barrel brew system.
The brewery offers tours any Saturday from June-August between 3-6 p.m. Tours can be set up for other times as well with just a simple call ahead of time. Tours last from 20-30 minutes and everyone is invited! However, you must be 21 to sample the beverages offered on the tour. The brewery also provides a beautiful bar with many exciting events throughout the year including a "pumpkin keg" filled with seasonal beer on Halloween.
Beautifully decorated by nature with calcite spar crystals, Jewel Cave is a magical and humbling experience for both young and old alike. Jewel Cave was discovered in 1900 by Frank and Albert Michaud who claimed that the calcite spar crystals shone like "jewels" in their lantern light. The cave became a national monument in 1908 and has been explored and enjoyed by visitors since 1939.
The visitors center at Jewel Cave is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st) The cave tours are led by a ranger and require a minimum of 2 guests. There is a wide variety of tours to choose from that are offered at varied times throughout the year.