Local Area Attractions
Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial
The Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial is located 10 miles south of the KOA. Crazy Horse is a mountain carving in progress that dwarfs Mount Rushmore. This carving is in the round with the 90’ high face dedicated in June 1998, which marked the mountain’s 50th anniversary since the first carving began. In addition, there is an Indian Museum and a collection of the sculptor’s other works.
Black Hills National Forest
The Black Hills National Forest surrounds the resort, which is located in the very heart of the Forest. Our trail rides go into the Black Elk Wilderness Area, just a mile from the campground. Hiking trails to Harney Peak, the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, begin right at the KOA. The Centennial Trail and the Mickelson Rails to Trails are within four miles of the KOA. Imagine the pristine views and the quiet nature that you’ll enjoy right from your campsite!
Custer State Park
One of the nation’s largest state parks is just eight miles away. The parks 73,000 acres abound in scenic drives, buffalo, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and sparkling lakes. Also nestled in Custer State Park is the Black Hills Playhouse famous for its Broadway caliber plays with a quaint "woods" setting.
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway
The KOA is located right on the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, a thirty mile loop that is selected as one of the top ten scenic byways in America. On the loop, you will meander through the Iron Mountain Road which was built strictly for scenery, featuring hairpin turns, pigtail bridges, scenic overlooks, and tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore. The byway takes you through Custer State Park and over the Needles Highway, another road built for scenery. This one has unusual granite formations, tunnels, and overlooks. The third part of the byway is Highway 244 right in front of the campground. This is the Gutzon Borglum Memorial Highway that takes you to Mount Rushmore, with spectacular views of the Monument. To completely enjoy the sights along the byway consider a bus tour and leave the driving to us!
Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Park
Both parks are located within 45 minutes of the KOA. These parks not only have cave tours, but interpretive surface facilities as well. Wind Cave is a "dry cave" or a "box cave" with few crystal formations but a great tour through the intricate web of the underground. Buffalo, elk and antelope roam the surrounding park area. Jewel Cave has over 100 miles of explored passageway and is believed to be the third largest cavern in the world. This is a must see for spelunkers--novice or expert.
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1880 Train Mother's Day Express
Champagne, cupcakes and more! Treat your mother to a unique and unforgettable steam train ride through the beautiful Black Hills. Enjoy bubbly beverages, a tasty treat, a delectable dessert, and entertainment. This definitely an adventure your mother will never forget.
Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch
The annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States (15,000 walkers in a record year). This family event is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial.This is the only time each year the public may hike to the mountain carving. The Volksmarch traditionally is offered the first full weekend in June.
Crazy Horse Rodeo
The annual Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo is held in mid- June at the Crazy Horse Memorial outdoor arena. The Stampede is one of the few rodeos to offer events sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA) events.
The GPIRA rodeo is held on Friday to open the three-day event. The PRCA- and WPRA-sanctioned events are held Saturday and Sunday. The daily main rodeo sessions begin at 2 p.m. “Slack” events to accommodate overflow registered contestants are held before and after the main run. The Stampede is a one go-round rodeo.