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Calendar NOVEMBER

5-6 Girlfriends’ Weekend, Hill City 11 Veterans Day Ceremony, Main Street Square, Rapid City 13 Big Whiskey Festival, Deadwood 26 Christmas Nights of Light Begins, Storybook Island, Rapid City 26-27 1880 Train Holiday Express, Hill City 27 Holiday Celebration & Winter Market, Main Street Square, Rapid City 27 Festival of Lights Parade, Rapid City

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4 Custer Christmas Parade, Custer 4-24 1880 Train Holiday Express, Various Dates, Hill City

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15 Burning Beetle, Custer 28-Feb. 5 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, Rapid City 28-29 Deadwood Snocross Showdown, Deadwood 27-30 Winterfest, Lead

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11-13 Black Hills Sports Show & Outdoor Expo, Rapid City 19 Sundance Winter Festival Sundance, WY 24-27 Restaurant Week, Custer 25-26 Mardi Gras Weekend, Deadwood

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18-19 St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, Deadwood


FEATURES 5 The Great Outdoors 10 Mount Rushmore 14 Crazy Horse Memorial® 18 Custer State Park 22 The Mammoth Site EXPLORE BY AREA 26 Rapid City 34 Deadwood 35 Custer & Keystone 36 Spearfish & Lead 37 Hill City, Hot Springs, & Sturgis 38 Belle Fourche EAT, DRINK, AND PLAY 40 Sip & Savor 52 Gifts & Souvenirs 56 History on Display 60 The Gold Rush 62 Along the Way RESOURCES 2 Calendar 4 Black Hills Area Map 32 Rapid City Map 46 Dining Guide 48 Beer & Wine Map 58 Coupons

Dear Visitor Welcome to the Black Hills! If you've never visited before, or your previous experiences have been confined to the spring or summer months, you're in for a real treat. We may be biased, but fall and winter are spectacular — and an ideal time to plan a trip. Once the traditional tourist season ends, area attractions are less crowded, but every bit as majestic! Whether snow is falling or the sun is shining brightly, you'll be in awe of the majestic scenery and tranquility of nature. From brilliant fall foliage to frozen lakes and waterfalls, the Black Hills offer a feast for the senses this time of year. Whether you're indoors or out, embrace the season and we promise you'll have a great time!

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SENSE OF PLACE TRAVEL

Get Out There Don’t let cold weather keep you indoors — bundle up and take advantage of the scenic beauty! Think the Black Hills are best enjoyed during the warm summer months? Don’t let colder weather keep you indoors; there’s plenty to do this time of year — you might just have to dress in layers! Hiking There are more than 450 miles of hiking trails in the Black Hills National Forest. Favorite spots include Black Elk

Peak, Cathedral Spires, Little Devils Tower, and the Mickelson Trail. You’ll marvel over majestic granite peaks and frozen lakes. Beautiful Spearfish Canyon features prime fall foliage viewing. When the leaves are gone, awe-inspiring frozen waterfalls and creeks take center stage. #BHVisitor

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Higher elevations in the Black Hills get frequent coatings of fresh snow in winter months. Whether you prefer cross-country or downhill skiing, you'll surely find a new favorite trail!

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Ice Fishing All lakes within the Black Hills National Forest are open to ice fishing as soon as they freeze over and the ice is safe (typically mid-December). Prime spots include Sheridan Lake, Deerfield Reservoir, and Pactola Reservoir in the Central Hills; Roubaix Lake in the Northern Hills; and Stockade Lake in the Southern Hills. If you’ve never tried it before, look for

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shallow water where fish are close to the surface, and never take the ice depth for granted — always test the location before driving onto or drilling into the ice. Skiing & Snowshoeing South Dakota isn’t a well-known skiing destination, making Terry Peak Ski Resort one of the region’s best-kept secrets. With 150” of annual snowfall, freshly-


Monthly winter snowfall ranges from 5" in Rapid City to 15" around the Black Hills.

Check the forecast before heading out for a winter adventure. The weather changes quickly in the Black Hills.

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miles of trails are available to snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and fat tire bikers throughout the Black Hills National Forest.

groomed slopes, and the highest vertical drops east of the Rockies, the mountain is a popular winter getaway for locals and visitors alike. Ski season usually begins around Thanksgiving weekend and runs through late March or early April. For a more leisurely experience, strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore nearly 60 miles of trails throughout the Black Hills National Forest. Sporting goods shops in the area have a large selection of gear for sale. If you’re a novice, consider renting from a ski shop or winter recreation outlet first. Snowmobiling With 350 miles of marked, mapped, and groomed snowmobile trails, the Black Hills

have garnered national attention as a premier snowmobiling destination. The network of trails meanders through ponderosa pine forests, canyons, and open meadows, and includes pit stops for gas and warming shelters. Trails are usually open from December 15 to March 31, but dates might change based on snow conditions. Biking The Centennial Trail stretches from Bear Butte State Park to Wind Cave National Park and offers 111 miles of single-track riding options for mountain bikers and fat tire enthusiasts. Trailheads throughout the Hills make great starting or stopping points. Other popular biking trails include the Mickelson

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Spearfish Canyon is beautiful yearround, and fall is no exception. Hit the road for a scenic drive and check out the changing leaves. If you stick around for winter, the waterfalls turn into incredible ice sculptures.

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Trail, Storm Mountain, Buzzards Roost, and the ominously named (but quite rideable) Bone Collector in the town of Hisega. Geocaching For a free adventure that doubles as a good old-fashioned treasure hunt, the Black Hills area offers thousands of hidden caches throughout the region. Some are easy to find, while others require quite a bit of searching. This is a great family-friendly adventure perfect for anybody with a smartphone or GPS device. If you’re into the thrill of the hunt visit geocaching.com for a list of cache coordinates and treasure location information. Scenic Drives If it’s simply too cold out, the beauty of the Black Hills can be enjoyed from the comfort of your

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automobile. Spearfish Canyon is a must-see in the fall, when autumn colors paint the surrounding hillsides vibrant shades of gold and crimson. Take the 22-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway (Route 14A) and allow yourself plenty of time to pull over and take pictures. Don’t miss out on the canyon’s picturesque waterfalls! The Needles Highway (US Hwy. 87), with its world-renowned granite spires and ponderosa pine forests, is another fantastic fall drive—be sure to complete it before snow closes it for the season (typically in midOctober). The 70-mile Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway features majestic “pigtail” bridges, granite tunnels, tight curves, and prime wildlife viewing.



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ATTRACTIONS MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL

America's Shrine of Democracy Celebrating 80 years since its completion, Mount Rushmore continues to amaze and inspire visitors from around the world.

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Seeking a way to promote tourism in the Black Hills, South Dakota state historian Doane Robinson came up with the idea of carving likenesses of historical figures into stone. His original suggestion involved sculpting Old West heroes into the granite pillars of the Needles, but the project evolved when sculptor Gutzon Borglum was brought on board. Borglum felt American presidents would be a bigger draw and eventually settled on four

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who were influential in promoting and expanding American democracy: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Due to the scope of the project, higher quality rock, and better sun exposure, Borglum felt Mount Rushmore near Keystone would be the ideal location for his monument. President Calvin Coolidge took a break from his summer vacation in the Black Hills to formally dedicate the project on


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President Calvin Coolidge formally dedicated the carving project of Mount Rushmore on August 10, 1927, and efforts continued on the carving for the next 14 years. The carving was originally planned to extend down to the presidents' waists. A combination of lack of funds and uncarvable granite meant the four figures were never completed.

August 10, 1927. Work began two months later and continued for the next fourteen years. Sculpting a Monument

400 workers were hired to remove approximately 450,000 tons of granite from Mount Rushmore using dynamite, a laborious and dangerous task that fortunately resulted in no fatalities. The carvings are 60 feet tall and were originally intended to be even grander in scale, but federal funding ran out, forcing Borglum to scrap plans to sculpt

Thomas Jefferson wasn’t only the principal author of the Declaration of Independence; he is also credited with developing the first ice cream recipe in America! Be sure to sample a taste of history at Carvers’ Cafe and use the hashtag #Jefferson IceCream for a fun social media photo opportunity.

Hours and Seasons The visitor facilities at Mount Rushmore are open year-round, seven days a week, closing only on December 25. Entrance Fees There is no admission fee to visit the memorial, but you’ll have to pay to park in the garage. Pay stations have been erected in several locations, allowing you to pay at your leisure and present your ticket upon exiting. Fees are $10 per vehicle; seniors pay $5. Your parking permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Night Lighting The sculpture is illuminated nightly year-round. During the fall and winter, you can see it lit up between sunset and 9:00 p.m.

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Mount Rushmore contains a hidden chamber filled with porcelain panels that tell the story of the carving.

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You don't even have to enter the Mount Rushmore National Memorial to catch glimpses of the four faces carved in stone. Many roads in the Black Hills National Forest offer unique and surprising views of the presidents. Favorites include the scenic Iron Mountain Road, where tunnels perfectly frame the mountain carving, and Highway 244, which offers a profile view of George Washington visible from the road. Be sure to pull into the parking lot adjacent to the highway for this amazing photo opportunity!

down to their waists. When Borglum died in March 1941, the project was turned over to his son, Lincoln, for completion. It was declared complete on October 31, 1941 and quickly became South Dakota’s most popular tourist attraction. Approximately two million people from all over the world visit the monument annually. A View to Remember

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When visiting Mount Rushmore, take advantage of all the National Memorial has to offer. After parking, make your way up the stairs and past

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the Avenue of Flags, a collection of 56 flags of U.S. states, territories, and commonwealths. The amphitheater viewing deck provides awe-inspiring views of the four faces; for a different perspective, walk the Presidential Trail, a half-mile loop at the base of the monument. Be sure to visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Museum for interactive exhibits and a short film. You might also take an audio tour, visit the Sculptor’s Studio, pick up souvenirs at the gift shop, and grab a bite to eat at Carvers Cafe.


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ATTRACTIONS CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL®

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Carving a Dream

Be a part of history in the making as you visit Crazy Horse Memorial®—the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress.

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Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski had been asked by Chief Henry Standing Bear through written correspondence to come to the sacred Paha Sapa (Black Hills) to carve a memorial in the likeness of Lakota Warrior, Crazy Horse, honoring all Indigenous peoples of North America. Crazy Horse had been killed at Fort Robinson in 1877. In his letter to Korczak, Henry Standing Bear wrote, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, also.” In May of 1947, Korczak started the project with only

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Located north of Custer at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial® is hard to miss as you drive along Highway 16/385.

$174. Labor-intensive tasks included hand-drilling holes for the dedication blast and the countless blasts that followed. Later, he built a 741-step staircase, which he climbed several times daily— often to restart “Buda,” the air compressor at the bottom that powered his drill. Despite weather that could make work difficult, Korczak continued the monumental endeavor yearround (weather permitting). A Family Legacy

From the beginning, Ruth (Ross) Ziolkowski supported Korczak


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Fees and Donations The project, founded and operated on a strong belief in free enterprise, is funded by visitor entrance fees and donations and does not accept government funding.

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the first blast on the Mountain took place. Among those in attendance were five survivors of the Battle of Little Bighorn.

in the realization of the Dream assisting in multiple facets. The two even went to the extent of outlining the sculpture on the Mountain with six-foot-wide white lines, using 164 gallons of paint, to help visitors envision the future. With Mountain measurements and binoculars in hand, Ruth directed construction by radio from the Visitor Center parking lot while Korczak worked from a rope nearly one mile away, painting on the Mountain.

Don’t Miss Inside Inside the 40,000 square foot Welcome Center is where the storytelling begins. Two theaters show the must-see 20-minute newly updated orientation video. THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®, the visitor complex, and the scale models. The Mountain Carving Gallery focuses on the Mountain Carving, featuring a short video of current tools and carving work.

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Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski believed a difficult childhood prepared him for the rigors of working on Crazy Horse.

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Ruth and Korczak were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1950 and started a family at Crazy Horse; by the mid-1960s, they had ten children. The children contributed to the progressing Dream; while the boys helped Korczak on the Mountain, the girls assisted Ruth in the Visitor Complex and “around the house.” Still today, many Ziolkowski family members are involved in the continuation of Crazy Horse.

A Look at the Future

The Dream which began long ago is still embedded in those who remain at Crazy Horse, including a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, one of Korczak and Ruth’s daughters who serves as CEO, as well as many dedicated, skilled professionals. A project that began with a simple letter has grown into an icon of history, culture, and humanity—and it continues to impact the world.

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ATTRACTIONS CUSTER STATE PARK

Solitude, Scenery & Adventure Create memories as you discover up-close encounters with free-roaming wildlife in an outdoor enthusiast’s haven.

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Custer State Park is a 71,000acre vacation paradise located in the southern Black Hills. It’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is renowned for its stunning vistas, scenic drives, and abundant wildlife. Family friendly activities are available in the park yearround; hiking, swimming, skiing, climbing, snowshoeing and camping provide endless opportunities for adventure. As the seasons change from

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Temporary License (valid for 7 days) $20 per vehicle Annual License $36 (first vehicle) $18 (second vehicle) $80 Transferable License Valid at all South Dakota State Park fee areas.

autumn to winter and snow starts falling, the park’s magnificent wildlife becomes easier to spot. Bison are the most famous inhabitants of the park; some 1,400 of them wander the expansive grounds. They share the park with elk, deer, prairie dogs, pronghorns, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wild turkeys, and a herd of friendly “begging” burros. Keep an eye


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over the Lover’s Leap Trail in February. If you’d rather venture out on your own, hiking the Needles Highway when it’s closed to traffic during the winter months is an excellent way to get a closeup view of some of the park’s most iconic attractions, such as the Cathedral Spires rock formations and Needles Eye. Snowshoes are a great way to tackle the park’s plentiful snowfall. For a unique adventure, try something new, like ice fishing.

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Custer State Park is home to the nation's second-largest public bison herd; over 1,400 roam the park.

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bison once roamed the Great Plains, but were slaughtered nearly to the point of extinction by settlers. Conservation efforts have led to a slow but steady resurgence, with some 1,400 calling Custer State Park home.

out while you are exploring and do not approach the animals — they’re wild! For an up close and personal experience, consider taking a Jeep tour! They operate all year and can be requested even in the dead of winter. Winter enthusiasts can take advantage of hiking trails that are open all year. Several guided hikes are offered during the colder months, including the “First Day Hike” held on January 1 and a trek

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The Custer State Park Visitor Center, opened in 2016, is a must-see. The beautiful building houses an array of features including educational displays and exhibits, interactive maps, and a 20-foot tall scale model replica of the Cathedral Spires. You can even find out where the bison are currently located in the park at any given time. A 100-seat theater showcases a 20-minute film, narrated by Kevin Costner, that immerses visitors into the park’s attractions and natural history. It’s the

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perfect place for visitors of all ages to learn more about the Black Hills and prairies of western South Dakota. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from October 1 to Memorial Day, but closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast eager to explore the countless miles of trails or simply driving through the park for the spectacular views, Custer State Park has something special for every Black Hills adventurer.

Custer State Park is a model of conservancy and land use, a vision shaped by park founder and former South Dakota governor and U.S. Senator Peter Norbeck. The park successfully reintroduced a diverse group of species, including bison, elk, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and mountain goats, into the preserve. Remember, all these creatures are wild and should never be approached; view them from a safe distance.



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ATTRACTIONS THE MAMMOTH SITE

Ancient Wonders Step back in time to the Ice Age and learn about creatures that roamed the prairie thousands of years ago.

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The story began more than 140,000 years ago, when Ice

Age fauna was trapped and died in a spring-fed pond near the edge of Hot Springs. Over the next 50,000 years, the sinkhole filled with sediments and mammoth remains.

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Today the location is not only an attraction for visitors; it is an

indoor working paleontological dig site, an Accredited Museum, and a laboratory and research facility where Ice Age fossils are preserved. It also hosts educational programs that allow participants to help excavate new areas and prep bones for removal.

Enclosed and protected by a climate-controlled building,

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Mr. George Hanson's bulldozer discovered the world's largest concentration of Columbian mammoths

development, earth-moving equipment exposed one of South Dakota's greatest treasures. The Site boasts the largest concentration of in-situ Columbian mammoths in the world and over 87 other species. The Mammoth Site was preserved as a resource for

the sinkhole and exhibits attract visitors year-round. The fossils are on display as they were discovered for an in-situ exhibit. As the only late Ice Age facility of its kind in North America, The Mammoth Site is a valuable research facility and educational resource that must be preserved for future generations.

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There have been 61 mammoths unearthed so far — including 58 North American Columbian Mammoths.

scientific study in 1980 and added to the list of National Natural Landmarks. Through the work of local citizens, these 9.8 acres are recognized as an outstanding geological resource.

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Gateway to the Black Hills

With a vibrant culture and eclectic mix of events, Rapid City offers year-round activities for travelers of all ages.

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Rapid City was founded in 1876 by a group of down-on-their-luck prospectors who saw potential in its central location midway between the Hills and prairie. They named their community Hay Camp and sold supplies to the miners and settlers flocking to the region. It was later renamed Rapid City and billed as the “Gateway to the Black Hills.” Rapid City is the second-largest city in South Dakota and a hub for transportation, commerce, education, health care, and tourism. It offers a variety of

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shops, boutiques, parks, galleries, restaurants, and family friendly activities perfect for all ages. Quaint and Historic Downtown

Rapid City’s downtown is a perfect blend of historic and quaint. Its bustling streets are lined with a cozy collection of buildings restored to their original architectural grandeur. The Hotel Alex Johnson has dominated the city skyline since opening its doors in 1928, welcoming an eclectic group of visitors over the years, including presidents and celebrities. Don’t

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Restaurants and bars that call downtown Rapid City home. Businesses here stay open yearround, so you’ll be able to find worldly cuisine no matter when you visit!


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overlook the unique shops and galleries that also call downtown home; you’ll find a diverse collection of keepsakes including Native American artwork and local craft goods. While you’re here, don’t miss Art Alley, located between 6th and 7th Streets, for a colorful expression of the area’s urban artists. It’s a constantly-evolving mosaic of eye-catching graffiti and murals. Life-Size Sights

Standing sentinel over town is Dinosaur Park, which features seven life-size concrete dinosaur replicas and spectacular views that stretch

Rapid City’s burgeoning arts scene gives amateurs and professionals alike an opportunity to showcase their creativity. From the ever-changing brick canvas of Art Alley to rotating exhibits at galleries throughout town, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to view the works of artists committed to sharing their talent with the public.

Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the mining industry, South Dakota Mines has become a nationally recognized science and engineering research university. The school offers a wide variety of bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees to nearly 2,800 students, who enjoy small class sizes and personal attention. From neutrino experiments in an underground laboratory to collaborations with NASA, research at South Dakota Mines brings talent and innovation to local, national, and global initiatives.

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Experience big art downtown from sculptor Masayuki Nagase – The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water.

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100 miles. The park is free and has been delighting locals and visitors alike since 1936. Rapid City’s patriotic spirit is on full display with the City of Presidents life-size bronze statues located along the downtown corridor’s street corners. Pick up a map for a walking tour, and be sure to pose for photos with your favorite presidents. The Heart of the City

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Main Street Square is a fun-filled public space in the heart of downtown. It’s host to a variety of free activities, including special events, art exhibitions, fairs, and open-air concerts. During the winter, the square is transformed into an ice-skating rink. Strap on a pair of skates and enjoy an evening beneath the lights; in the warmer months,

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life-size bronze statues of our nation’s presidents line the city’s streets and sidewalks The project began in 2000 as a way to celebrate the legacy of America’s presidents and is a popular photo stop for tourists.

you’ll find children splashing around in the interactive fountains. Be sure to check out The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water, a public art display carved out of granite by sculptor Masayuki Nagase. 21 pieces depicting the history of the Black Hills and Badlands line the Square.

Surrounded by Beauty

When you’re ready for a break from city life, stop by one of Rapid City’s parks or green spaces, or venture outside the city limits. Just a short drive away, you will find yourself surrounded by two million acres of ponderosa pine forests, national parks, extensive trail systems, and breathtaking geological formations, providing easy access to a wide variety of outdoor activities. Go hiking, biking, climbing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing — and come back to town for drinks, dinner, nightlife, and a comfortable night’s sleep. Rapid City has all the comfort and amenities of a larger city, yet it’s still close to nature and the Black Hills.


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The Hills Are Alive Deadwood The Luck of the Draw

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The discovery of gold in a narrow canyon in the northern Black Hills in 1875 brought prospectors, outlaws, gamblers, and prostitutes, turning the outpost into a lawless free-for-all. Many notable figures called Deadwood home for a time, including Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, Potato Creek Johnny, and Al Swearengen. Deadwood’s fortunes have waxed and waned over the decades, with fires and

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economic downturns taking their toll. Today, Deadwood is best known for its outdoor activities and casinos. The entire town has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, and its rich heritage is kept alive through historical reenactments and guided tours. Must-see stops include Mount Moriah Cemetery, the Adams Museum; Days of ‘76 Museum; and the Historic Adams House. In the winter, nearby Terry Peak offers skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling opportunities.


The fire tower on Black Elk Peak is no longer in use, but it remains a bucket list adventure for hikers in the Black Hills yearround.

Custer Solid Gold Named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, whose 1874 Black Hills Expedition discovered gold in nearby French Creek, Custer was the birthplace of the Black Hills Gold Rush. It's also the oldest established town in the Black Hills. This small community

is one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills, with an extensive network of trails and back country roads. It’s just a short driving distance from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Jewel Cave National Monument. Custer State Park, known for its pristine lakes, granite rock formations, and abundant wildlife, lies just north and east of the city. Visitors will find a robust local food scene, art galleries, and museums.

Keystone Small Town, Big Spirit This early mining town embraced tourism in 1927 when sculptor Gutzon Borglum chose nearby Mount Rushmore as the location for his monument to four American presidents.

Today, Keystone boasts family friendly attractions and a chance to sample local cuisine in a turn-of-the-century setting. Nearby Iron Mountain Road, with its famous "pigtail" bridges, is a favorite scenic drive.

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Lakota call the Black Hills “Paha Sapa." They believe the hills are the center of their universe, and hold them sacred.

Often called the crown jewel of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake offers incredible scenery even in the winter.

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Lead Mining Past, Scientific Future

Spearfish Take in the Scenery Like many Black Hills communities, 1876 was a pivotal year for Spearfish. Originally called Queen City, it was later renamed after the fast-flowing creek where fish were “speared” by Native American tribes. The town was founded to supply food to the mining camps in the northern hills. Its location in a broad valley gave rise to an agricultural industry that helped the town diversify beyond a dependence on mining. With 11,000 year-round residents and 5,000 students who attend Black Hills State University, Spearfish is the secondlargest community in the Black Hills and one of the fastest-growing “micropolitans” in the Midwest. Its natural beauty and a quaint downtown perfect for leisurely strolling offer experiences for everyone. The town’s location at the mouth of Spearfish Canyon makes it the perfect launching point for outdoor adventures. Shops, galleries, restaurants, and brew pubs have transformed the community into a year-round destination.

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Homestake was the largest and longest continuallyoperating mine in America. By the time it closed, over 40 million ounces of gold valued at more than $1 billion had been extracted.

Founded in 1876 by Fred and Moses Manuel, Lead (pronounced LEED) was named after the rich vein of ore discovered here. They staked a claim and established the Homestake Gold Mine along with Hank Harney and Alex Engh, which operated for 125 years. Today, the site houses the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), dedicated to furthering scientific discovery through experiments conducted 4,850 feet below ground. In the winter, Lead's ample snowfall attracts winter sports enthusiasts.


Sturgis A Rider’s Paradise

Hill City is the secondoldest community in the Hills and was known as “a town with a church on each end and Hell in between.” Its location near the geographical center of the Black Hills inspired its motto, “The Heart of the Hills.” The town has evolved into a thriving arts community, with shops, museums, and other attractions. Visitors can experience the rumble

In 1878, Sturgis was established to provide goods and services for nearby Fort Meade, an outpost for the 7th Cavalry until 1944. The Black Hills National Cemetery was established in 1948 to provide a final resting place for veterans and their spouses. Today, the town of 6,900 is best known for its annual motorcycle rally. During the offseason, you can still get your fill of Harleys at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, or check out the public sculptures and unique dining options ranging from doughnuts to classic steak tips.

of a locomotive as it felt a century ago when riding the steam-powered 1880 Train through the Black Hills, or relax in a local winery or craft brewery located within a few miles of the town center.

Hot Springs Make a Splash

The natural warm waters that inspired its name have drawn people to Hot Springs for centuries. Early settler Fred Evans envisioned turning the entire town into a health spa. Hot Springs is home to the largest Columbian mammoth exhibit in the world, and its historic downtown offers visitors a glimpse of early pioneer life. and unique sandstone architecture. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a plunge into the 87-degree mineral waters of the local indoor pool. Wind Cave National Park and Angostura Reservoir are also a short drive from the Gateway to the Southern Hills.

There are currently 61 mammoths at The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, with more still being unearthed!

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Winters in the Black Hills are milder than the surrounding plains, giving rise to the term "banana belt."

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Belle Fourche Center of the Nation French for “beautiful fork,” Belle Fourche (pronounced Bell-FOOSH) lies at the confluence of the Belle Fourche and Redwater Rivers. Seth Bullock, the former sheriff of nearby Deadwood, bought up land and enticed the railroad to build a depot here, offering free rightof-way and a new terminal. Belle Fourche soon thrived, becoming the world’s largest livestockshipping point for a time. Belle Fourche remains an important agricultural hub serving the Tri-State Area (NW South Dakota, NE Wyoming, and SE Montana), and with the addition of Hawaii to the union, became the geographic center of the nation. Visitors to this pioneering town can enjoy antique shops, museums, locally owned restaurants, and a flag-lined walking path along the Center of the Nation Monument.

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Local bartenders are eager to serve up your favorite cocktails and spirits. If you'd rather indulge in a cold beer, the Black Hills' craft brewery scene has exploded in recent years. Those who prefer wine can choose from a variety of locally produced reds and whites made from traditional grapes and other fruit. Cheers!

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No trip to the Black Hills is complete without sampling the area's craft beers.

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Buffalo Local

chefs prize buffalo for its taste and nutrition; the lean meat is higher in protein, lower in cholesterol, and has half the calories as beef, making it a healthy red meat alternative. Buffalo isn’t gamey; it has a slightly sweet, rich flavor similar to a high grade of lean beef. Order yours medium-rare to rare; with so little fat, the meat can dry out quickly when cooked. Buffalo burgers are the most popular preparation, but you’ll also find buffalo steak, meatloaf, stew, chili, jerky, and soup. Walleye South Dakota’s state fish has a sweet, succulent, mild taste that absorbs other flavors well. It’s widely considered one of the best-tasting freshwater fish. This versatile, flaky white fish has very few bones. Walleye can be baked, broiled, pan fried, grilled, poached, and sauteed.

Around the Black Hills, you’ll commonly find it batter-fried, a process that seals in the juiciness and leaves it crispy on the outside. Try ordering walleye fish tacos or fish and chips. Another popular local dish is walleye fingers with fresh tartar sauce for dipping. Chislic Few people outside of South Dakota are familiar with chislic, the official state “nosh." Derived from Turkish and Arabic words for “skewered meat,” chislic has been a staple in eastern parts of the state for over 100 years and is gaining popularity in the Black Hills. This cubed meat dish is deep-fried or sauteed and seasoned with garlic salt. It was traditionally prepared with lamb or mutton, but most West River eateries use beef. It is often served on a skewer or with toothpicks and served with crackers or fries and a dipping sauce. The saying “eat, drink, and be merry” is especially appropriate when on vacation. Part of the travel experience is sampling regional cuisine, and the Black Hills has a lot to offer. From unique dishes featuring ingredients you won’t find anywhere else to a burgeoning wine and craft beer scene, the area offers plenty of options to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

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Indian Tacos Indian tacos are similar to traditional tacos but use fry bread instead of tortillas. When Native Americans were relocated to reservations, they were supplied with rations of flour, lard, salt, sugar, baking powder, yeast, and powdered milk. They used these meager ingredients to create fry bread, a perfect vessel for Indian tacos. They are topped with ground beef and other traditional taco

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Indian Tacos These oftengargantuan plates are tasty and filling; the perfect way to wrap up a day spent exploring the Black Hills.

ingredients, including lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, refried beans, sour cream, diced onions, black olives, and salsa. Wojapi A traditional Native American berry sauce made with chokecherries, similar to a jam or pudding. It's usually made without sugar — purists let the fruit do the talking! Great Plains tribes took wild berries, ground them up with corn flour and a little honey, and boiled them until thickened. The sauce was often used as a dip for fry bread. Many chefs substitute seasonal berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or cherries. You’ll find authentic wojapi in a handful of eateries around the Black Hills. Kuchen South Dakota’s official state dessert is sort of a cross between a cake and a pie; it’s made with a sweet dough and


South Dakota is the thirdlargest honey producer in the U.S. — no surprise given the honeybee’s designation as the state insect.

Breweries and taprooms can be found all over the Black Hills. Patrons can enjoy delicious craft beers in styles including ales, lagers, stouts, sours, and more.

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The President South Dakota doesn't have an official cocktail, but if it did, The President would fit the bill. This combination of light rum, orange juice, and grenadine is smooth and citrusy, perfect for sipping after a visit to Mount Rushmore. Ask your bartender to whip one up! Mocktails Love the flavor of cocktails but looking to cut back on calories? Order your favorite drink as a mocktail instead. Most bartenders are happy to make nonalcoholic versions of classic drinks, substituting ingredients like club soda and apple cider. Some are so flavorful you might never go back to your old-fashioned OldFashioned! It’s in the Water Brewmasters in the Black Hills swear the local water gives their beer a unique flavor. These craft brews truly are one-of-a-kind drinks you won’t want to miss.

Regional specialties like pheasant, kolache, and bierock are worth the drive if you crave a foodie-themed road trip!

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contains either a fruit or custard filling. Peach and prune are classic flavors, but local chefs use a wide variety of seasonal fruits when concocting these desserts. You might find kuchen made with strawberries, rhubarb, apples, blueberries, apricots, raspberries, raisins, pumpkin, and more. Pasties These savory meat pies (pronounced PASS-tees) were popular with Cornish immigrant miners in the 1870s. A simple dish consisting of meat and potatoes wrapped in a flaky crust — and possible forerunners to the modern-day Hot Pocket — pasties were a portable, nourishing meal for hardworking laborers. The crimped crust served as a makeshift handle that could be discarded if the miners’ hands were dirty. Pasties remain a delicious staple in certain areas of the Black Hills, and you'll find breakfast and lunch varieties.

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Flights are a popular way to sample a variety of craft beers brewed in the Black Hills, especially if you're having trouble deciding between the dozens of different styles available. Sip your way through a variety of lighter ales and lagers to heavier stouts and porters, and don't be afraid to try something new, such as a sour or lambic.

Wine The wineries located in

and around the Hills provide the perfect excuse for you to explore something other than the typical. Whether you are a “grape novice” or an experienced wine connoisseur, you will love tasting the different flavors available here. Wineries in the hills aren't as prolific as breweries, but they're worth going out of the way for. All of them award-winning wines at the national and international levels. Beer New breweries pop up in the Hills every year, offering a variety of craft beer and guided tours of their facilities. Many use local ingredients, so you'll find something new to love. As the seasons begin to change, enjoy heavier tastes of porters and stouts in addition to lagers, wheat beers, and more.

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margarita, or whatever you can imagine at local spots throughout the Black Hills. From high-class night clubs to laid back patios and bars, the mixologists at each venue in the communities around the area have prepared unique concoctions you’re sure to enjoy. Distilleries During the roaring 20s, the Wartime Prohibition Act put a ban on the sale of all alcoholic beverages — launching the culture of speakeasy lounges and distilleries. From whiskey and bourbon to vodka and rum, tasting the flavors of moonshine the area has to offer is a unique experience all on its own. Visitors can experience live music, stand-up comedy shows — complete with complimentary tastings — and themed food-anddrink pairing dinners.


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CUSTER Laughing Water Restaurant® At Crazy Horse Memorial® 605.673.4681 Unique menu items and everyone’s favorites!

CUSTER Blue Bell Lodge Hwy. 87 South - Custer State Park 605.255.4531 Serving up true Western flavor.

CUSTER Legion Lake Lodge Hwy. 16A - Custer State Park 605.255.4521 Offering fast-casual dining.

CUSTER State Game Lodge Hwy. 16A - Custer State Park 605.255.4521 Casual yet elegant dining.

CUSTER Sylvan Lake Lodge Hwy. 87/89 JCT - Custer State Park 605.574.2561 Featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

DEADWOOD Earl of Sandwich 360 Main Street 605.578.1500 Best variety of sandwiches & soups in Deadwood.

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DEADWOOD Oggie’s Sports Bar & Emporium 100 Pine Crest Dr. 605.571.2120 Stop in for Good Food and Great Times!

DEADWOOD Silverado Grand Buffet Silverado/Franklin 709 Main St. 605.578.3670 80 feet of Las Vegas-style buffet.

DEADWOOD Snitches 555 Main Street 605.571.2255 Carefully crafted, elevated chef-inspired experience.

DEADWOOD The Deadwood Grille 100 Pine Crest Dr. 605.571.2120 Enjoy casual fine dining at the Deadwood Grille.

HILL CITY Alpine Inn 133 Main St. 605.574.2749 Dinner Fri - Sat to 5pm to 9pm Homey atmosphere steeped in old-world charm

HILL CITY Miner Brewing Company 23837 HWY 385 605.574.2886 Classically crafted. South Dakota inspired.

HILL CITY Prairie Berry Winery 23837 HWY 385 877.226.9453 Fresh, local food service in a beautiful atmosphere.

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DEADWOOD Deadwood Legends Steakhouse at the Franklin Hotel 700 Main Street 605.578.3670 Deadwood’s best steaks and breakfast.

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RAPID CITY Sliders Bar & Grill 1416 N. Elk Vale Rd. 605.718.2445 Watch the waterslide run through it.

RAPID CITY Vertex Sky Bar 523 Sixth Street 605.342.1210 Enjoy cocktails and dinner with a view.

BOX ELDER The Bistro Bar 580 WaTiki Way 605.791.0945 Delectable option for breakfast, dinner & cocktails.

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Celebrate Native culture with a unique, handcrafted memento or painting.

Take Home Memories of the Black Hills

$3.8 Million

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Souvenirs and mementoes will remind you of your Black Hills getaway for years to come. The region is home to a variety of signature products you won’t find anywhere else, including originals reflecting the area’s indigenous culture and mining history. Museum and visitor’s centewr gift shops, galleries, and specialty stores offer keepsakes for all ages, from toys and games to fossils and fine art. Artwork Many talented artists live and work right here in the Black Hills. You can find their creations alongside those of nationally renowned artists in art galleries, boutiques, and museums. Traditional drums, original paintings, mixed-media sculptures, pottery, leatherwork, textiles, clothing, and other handmade items all make one-of-a-kind souvenirs you will be proud to display or wear back home. Going for Gold Gold has been synonymous with the Black Hills since 1874. Why not take #BHVisitor

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From handmade crafts to trendy apparel, towns all over the Black Hills have the perfect memento to remind you of your time here.

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Many shops in the hills carry items inspired by our unique region. Whether it's jewelry made from locally sourced semiprecious stones, paintings by local artists, or books written about our incredible landscapes and history, you'll surely find something unique to take home with you.

a piece or two home? The manufacturers of Black Hills Gold Jewelry offer a diverse selection of locally produced items. The signature hues of yellow, pink, and green are created by mixing pure gold with copper and silver. Artisans then design their own patterns of grapes, leaves, and stems, often adding gemstones. A Taste of South Dakota Cherish the flavors of South Dakota long after you’ve returned home; food, wine, and beer make great gifts or personal indulgences. Create a unique, personalized gift basket chock full of regional specialties — the sky’s the limit. You might combine buffalo, elk, smoked pheasant, turkey, and beef salami with cheese (try some curds), crackers, and pretzels. Or opt for sweets like candy, jam, jellies, honey, cookies, and nut butters. Don’t forget locally crafted wine and beer! A Piece of History Vintage lovers will find treasures galore in antique and collectibles shops. Whether you visit a tiny mom-andpop store or stroll through a multi-level antique mall, you’re sure to discover unique memorabilia from years past.

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Cultural Finds A unique part of South Dakota’s history is preserved and reignited through Lakota artwork. Beads, leatherwork, and drums are just a few of the beautiful creations you will find at the galleries and stores throughout the area. Sioux Pottery Made from the red clay of the Black Hills of South Dakota — sacred to many Native American tribes. Each piece of handmade pottery is crafted by Sioux Indian artists and decorated with the designs and symbols important to their Lakota culture. Check out the stores and see many of the crafted arts on display, often available for purchase.


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HISTORY WHERE IT BEGAN

A Glimpse of the Gold Rush Custer – 1874

Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry were dispatched to the Black Hills in 1874 to establish a fort and search for a new trade route. The discovery of gold in French Creek marked the beginning of the Black Hills Gold Rush. Keystone – 1876

Miners began flooding into present-day Keystone in 1876 after gold was discovered in Battle Creek. Extracting the gold proved difficult, and most miners left to try their luck elsewhere. More gold was found in 1891, breathing new life into the community. Deadwood – 1876

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With the 1876 discovery of a gold-bearing creek in a gulch full of dead trees, attention shifted to the northern Hills. The town of Deadwood sprang up overnight, attracting miners, gamblers, and gunslingers. Lawlessness prevailed until Seth Bullock was appointed sheriff.

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of the world's gold supply from 1876 to 2001 was prospected in the Black HIlls region of South Dakota.

Lead — 1876

Lead was founded in 1876 when a rich vein of gold was located three miles south of Deadwood. A year later, a group of investors led by George Hearst purchased the Homestake Gold Mine, which would become one of the most prolific gold mines in the world. Hill City – 1876

A group of gold miners staked a claim along Spring Creek in 1876. The settlement, named Hill City, eventually proved better suited for tin mining.


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History on Display Step back in time and see the past come to life as you visit historical exhibits in museums throughout the Black Hills.

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rich with history, and our local museums provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the past. If you’re interested in the early settlers who carved out their niche on the Northern Plains, there are exhibits focusing on the area’s pioneering days of covered wagons and homesteaders. Here you will find meticulously recreated period


The South Dakota Air & Space Museum is a must-stop for aircraft enthusiasts.

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Length of the largest dinosaur found in South Dakota, a Barosaurus

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Reign of the dinosaurs, encompassing the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Mesozoic Era

schoolhouses, jails, chuckwagon displays, and more. Are fossils more up your alley? We’ve got them, too! Dinosaurs, mammoths, and other prehistoric creatures have been unearthed at archaeological sites throughout the Black Hills. You’ll find them on display in many of our local communities; some of the facilities are active research and geological sites, giving you a rare opportunity to see the work in progress. Give yourself plenty of time when exploring our museums. In-depth information accompanies each exhibit, and you won’t want to feel rushed while learning about the lives of the settlers and the hardships they endured. Children will love the interactive exhibits that provide hands-on learning.

All Things Transport The Black Hills are a popular destination for motor rallies of all kinds, from classic cars and hot rods to motorcycles and locomotives. Look to the skies, too — you'll find aviationthemed exhibits just outside the main gate at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Visit our calendar on page 2 for a list of events to pair with your museum experience.

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Immerse yourself by taking a guided tour, workshop, or class, or catching a documentary film screening.

You can enjoy motorcycles year-round here in the Black Hills — even when there's snow on the ground — by visiting our museums dedicated to the history of riding on two wheels.

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A road trip across South Dakota provides lots of opportunity for exploration. Sioux Falls, the largest city in the state, is located in the southeastern corner. Your tour should include Falls Park and the new Arc of Dreams sculpture spanning the Big Sioux River. Continuing west, you’ll pass through Mitchell and the famed Corn Palace—a community venue decorated with murals made from corn and other grains. Located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, the Chamberlain Rest Area is deserving of a pit stop. It’s the sight of Dignity of Earth and Sky, a 50’ sculpture of a Native American woman cloaked in a traditional star quilt. The towering spires of the Badlands begin to appear on the

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feet into the sky stands Dignity, a sculpture of a Native American woman wearing a traditional star quilt.

horizon near Kadoka. Exit 131 will take you to the east entrance of Badlands National Park, whose ancient rock formations and dramatic landscapes are well worth the detour. You’ve seen the signs for hundreds of miles, so stop by Wall Drug, where you’ll find everything from souvenirs and free ice water to an animated T-Rex. Insider’s tip: the doughnuts are amazing. Rapid City, the second largest city in South Dakota, is the Gateway to the Black Hills. There is plenty to see and do here, with opportunities for fine dining, entertainment, and shopping. From Rapid City, the interstate winds through the foothills of the Black Hills, taking you past Sturgis, Whitewood, and Spearfish before crossing the

The Dignity of Earth and Sky sculpture honors the women of the Lakota and Dakota Nations. The Lakota named this area “land bad” and FrenchCanadian fur trappers agreed; the extreme weather and rugged terrain made it “bad lands to travel through.”

Wyoming state line. You’ll enter the Bear Lodge Mountains as you approach Sundance, the town where Butch Cassidy’s sidekick earned his nickname. West of Sundance, as you near Moorcroft, you’ll spot Devils Tower National Monument. The Plains Indians referred to the area between Sheridan and Gillette as the “Valley of the Chiefs;” today, you’ll find historic sites, art galleries, and museums featuring Western and Native American exhibits. At Ranchester, take scenic US Hwy. 14 over the Bighorn Range to historic Cody, founded by legendary scout and showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Cody is the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. #BHVisitor

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AD INDEX SOUTH DAKOTA TO WYOMING

C = COUPON DL = DINING LISTING BOX ELDER Courtyard by Marriott ...............................49, DL

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Crazy Horse Memorial ..........................16, C, DL

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Custer State Park ............................................. 21

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Korczak’s Heritage Village ...............................17,

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Laughing Water Restaurant ......................17, DL

Rushmore South............................................... 30

Legion Lake Lodge .................................... 21, DL

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State Game Lodge ................................21, C, DL

Baby and Toddler Boutique .......................55, C

Sylvan Lake Lodge .................................... 21, DL

Main Street Square...........................................29

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Ruby Tuesday .......................................49, C, DL

Deadwood History............................................31

Staybridge Suites............................................. 30

Deadwood Legends Steakhouse.............45, DL

Sliders Bar & Grill........................................ 31, DL

Earl of Sanwhich .............................................. DL

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark ..................... 31, C, DL

Oggie's Sports Bar & Emporium...............38, DL

Vertex Sky Bar ...........................................30, DL

Silverado Franklin Hotel and Gaming...45, C, DL Silverado Grand Buffet...............................45, DL

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The Deadwood Grille.................................38, DL

Spearfish Canyon Lodge .................................13

The Lodge at Deadwood...........................38, DL

Visit Spearfish .....................................................9

Tin Lizzies Gaming Resort......................... 57, DL Snitches ...................................................... 57, DL

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WALL Gold Diggers Jewelry .....................................1, C

Alpine Inn ....................................................39, DL

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Buffalo Bill’s Yellowstone Country ................IBC

Miner Brewing Co. ..................................... 51, DL Prairie Berry Winery .................................. 51, DL

HOT SPRINGS Evans Plunge Mineral Springs ...................24, C Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce..............25 The Mammoth Site ......................................24, C

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