There is so much to see and do in South Dakota! We want you to have the full experience of being surrounded by the ponderosa pines in our National Parks, State Parks, and historical towns that comprise this legendary region. Scroll through our list of things to do in Rapid City and all the additional Black Hills attractions that we are one hour or less away from.
A shrine of democracy located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. 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.
Take an incredible trek through time, from the formation of the mystical Black Hills to the continuing saga of the Western frontier. Four unique collections allow you to actually see, hear and touch history from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past.
Ride the Soaring Eagle Zipline and Mountain Coaster and then shoot zombies in the 7-D Interactive theater. Visit the beautiful Rushmore Cave to see stalagmites, flowstone, ribbons, columns and helictites.
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 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.
President Theodore Roosevelt established Devils Tower National Monument on September 24, 1906. The spectacular rock formation known as Devils Tower and the surrounding countryside, home to a myriad of plant and animal life, attract visitors from around the world. American Indians consider the area sacred, a place for prayer and renewal.
Following the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Northern rail line, this trail is 109 miles of variety, welcoming bikers, hikers, cross country skiers, horseback riders and runners alike. With gentle slopes and easy access, people of all ages can enjoy many different types of terrain, as well as more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hard rock tunnels. Amenities along the trail include water fountains, shelters with picnic tables, vault toilets and benches at scenic sites. Most of the trail is accessible to most mobility-impaired trail users. The closest trailhead to the KOA is Hill City; it's located in Tracy Park east of the High School on the Hwy 16 truck bypass. Follow US-16 W for 27 miles. A nominal fee is required at the trailhead.
View the historic 1876 Open Cut mining area and stop by the Visitor Center to see unique artifacts, a short mining video and gift shop. Homestake is more than a museum, it is the oldest, deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere reaching more than 8,000 feet below the town of Lead.
The world's largest sculpture! The Memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center which was dedicated at the 1996 Native American Day celebration, the sculptor's studio, as well as a new 40,000-square-foot Orientation Center and theaters which opened in May of 2000. Many Native American artists and crafts people create their artwork and visit with guests at the Memorial during the summer season.
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.