Local Area Attractions
Black Hills Badlands and Lakes
Badlands National Park Located in southwestern South Dakota, this National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires amongst the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. The Badlands Wilderness Area covers 64,000 acres. There is a true abundance of activities to enjoy! Join ranger-led programs, visit a paleontological dig, or just study nature. Enjoy park trails like Cliff Shelf Nature Trail, Fossil Exhibit Trail, or the more aggressive Notch Trail. Hike or backpack! Be sure to visit the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, which reopened in 2006; it features new exhibits, a 95-seat air conditioned theater and a new park film. The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Entrance fees are collected year round. Hwy 44 west from Rapid City provides an alternate scenic route to the park.
Black Hills Area (within 45 minutes) - Between Rapid City and Keystone (Highway 16)
The Black Hills Visitor Information Center is located just off I-90 at Exit 61. Black Hills National Forest Seen from a distance, these famous hills do indeed look black, but once you arrive you'll enter a world of color. Experience rock formations, canyons, open grassland parks, flowing streams, deep lakes and caves. Enjoy a plethora of recreation, including biking, easy to moderate hiking, nature study, photography, swimming, interpretive programs and more! Wildlife includes a wide variety of birds and four-legged animals, including elk, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The Forest borders Rapid City on the west side. Black Hills Maze Get lost in the outdoor maze and enjoy other games for kids and adults. Call 605-343-5439 or visit The Black Hills Maze online for more information. Rushmore Waterslide Park Come cool off at one of the many exciting waterslides. Try the highspeed Bonzai chutes or the big Freestyle ramp. Call 605-348-8962 or visit Rushmore Waterslide Park online. Ft. Hayes Chuckwagon Supper and Show Come enjoy some western hospitality at the most popular dinner theatre entertainment in the Black Hills. They offer an Original Chuckwagon Supper followed by a Cowboy Music Variety Show. Call 888-394-9653 for more information. Reptile Gardens See America's Giant Crocodile, giant tortoises, exotic birds, Komodo Dragons and spectacular tropical orchids. There are more reptile species here than in any other zoo in the world. Call 800-335-0275 or visit Reptile Gardens online for more information. Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show Great western hospitality as the original chuckwagon family entertains with a family fun show with twin fiddles, steel guitars and more. Call 888-256-1905 or visit The Flying T online. Bear Country USA A drive-thru wildlife park where you will see bear, elk, wolves, buffalo and other North American wildlife roaming free in natural habitat. Call 605-343-2290 or visit Bear Country USA online. Sitting Bull Crystal Cave Come experience a world like no other This cave is famous for huge dog tooth calcite crystals. Visit the famous French Chandelier room, Rainbow Arch and Crystal Palace. Call 605-342-2777 or visit The Sitting Bull Crystal Cave online. Old MacDonalds Farm E-I-E-I-O! This farm offers pony rides, train rides, and hand and bottle feeding animals. Watch the world class pig races and the sure-footed goats cross a bridge. Call 605-737-4815 or visit Old MacDonalds Farm online for more information. Cosmos Where no one stands up straight, balls roll up hill, and you can stand on a wall. At Cosmos, you can experience all this and more. Call 605-343-9802 or visit Cosmos online.
Big Thunder Gold Mine Find yourself traveling back in time as you tour the underground and receive a free sample of gold ore. Pan for gold by the stream. Visit Big Thunder Gold Mine online or call 800-314-3917 for more information. Rushmore Borglum Story Beautiful museum and gallery showcases the collection of Mt Rushmore's sculptor (Gutzon Borglum). Oil paintings, marble sculptures, bronze statues and artifacts. See the Rushmore blasting movie. Visit Rushmore Borglum Historical Center online or call 605-666-4448 for more information. President's Alpine Slide Take a scenic chairlift ride to the summit for unique views of Mt Rushmore. Grab a sled for a whirlwind trip down the President's Slide. Visit The President's Alpine Slide online or call 605-666-4478 for more information. National Presidential Wax Museum Celebrate America's proud heritage with life-like, life-size figures of all U.S. Presidents in authentic period costumes and surroundings. Visit The Wax Museum online or call 605-666-4455 for more information. Beautiful Rushmore Cave This cave has an extraordinary amount of stalactites dangling from its ceiling and walls. Stalagmites, flowstone, ribbons, columns and helictites are also found here. Visit Rushmore Cave online or call 605-225-4384 for more information. Mt. Rushmore National Memorial A shrine of democracy located in the Black Hills. Come visit the creation of the world's largest piece of sculpture. Join an interpretive program, take a self-guided tour, or watch the short film to learn about the history, art and unique culture of the monument. Get close to the sculpture on the President's Trail, which is a moderate walk. Visit Mt. Rushmore National Memorial online or call 605-574-2523 for more information.
1880 Train All aboard for a twenty mile journey on a vintage steam train through the Black Hills between Hill City and Keystone. See The 1880 Train website or call 605-574-2222 for details. Everything Prehistoric See Stan Trex, the world's largest male T-rex. Great nature gifts and museum. See Everything Prehistoric online or call 605-574-3919 for details. Prairie Berry Winery Prairie Berry Winery has been producing handcrafted wines from fruits found native in South Dakota since 1876. Visit Prairie Berry Winery online or call 605-574-3898 for more information.
Wind Cave National Park The cave is known for its incredible displays of "boxwork", honeycomb shaped calcite that adorn the walls and ceilings. Call 605-745-4600 or visit Wind Cave online for more information. Evans Plunge Evans Plunge is the world's largest natural warm spring water indoor swimming pool. Geothermal pools and waterslide fun for the whole family. Call 605-745-5165 or visit Evans Plunge online for details. Mammoth Site One of the world's greatest fossil treasures! This is an internationally renowned working Paleontological site/museum. Call 605-745-6017 or learn more about The Mammoth Site online. Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary Where the American Mustang runs free! Two hour guided bus tours to view the wild Mustangs, ancient Indian petroglyphs and Crazy Horse movie set. Call 800-252-6652 or find out more about The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary online.
Local Area Activities
Within Rapid City limits you'll find over 13 miles of trail along Rapid Creek.
Hikes in and around the city range in length and intensity.
Rapid City and the Black Hills are known for their mountain lakes and fresh water streams brimming with brook, brown and rainbow trout.
Golfing in Rapid City takes you deep into pine forests, across rushing trout streams and alongside spectacular mountain vistas.
Rapid City and the Black Hills have lots of great geocaches.