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DISCOVER EXPLORE EXPERIENCE CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF BORGLUM’S MASTERPIECE RESTAURANTS • ATTRACTIONS • SHOPPING • MUSEUMS MAPS • COUPONS • EVENTS • LOCAL TIPS


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contents Features 12 Black Hills Experience 20 BrulĂŠ Free in Concert 26 Hold On to Your Memories 31 Now Taste This 42 Thirst for Local Flavor? 88 Adventure Awaits Discover 112 The Gold Rush 130 Underground Adventures 132 Dinosaurs, Planes & More 134 Our State Sport 136 12 Free Attractions 140 Day Trips

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Travel Tools 10 Advertisers 16 Calendar of Events 34 Restaurant Guide 122 South Dakota to Wyoming 127 Coupons Maps 9 Black Hills, South Dakota 50 Rapid City 70 Rapid City Downtown 4

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Publisher Rick DenHerder Editor Lisa DenHerder Assistant Editor Jenna Carda Account Managers Caitlin Beyer Jim Wilber Production Coordinator Rachel Day Creative Director John Edwards Senior Designer Chris Valencia Head of Web Development John Eining Social Coordinator Kayla Schmalz

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Executive Assistant Kristen Begeman Accounting Manager David Schmalz Our Puppy Pals Cooper & Tucker

Experience 22 Mount Rushmore 92 Custer State Park 100 The Mammoth Site 102 Crazy Horse Memorial 142 The Great 8 Explore 46 Rapid City 53-84 Rapid City Downtown 94 Keystone 95 Hill City 98 Custer 98 Hot Springs 106 Deadwood 114 Lead 114 Belle Fourche 116 Spearfish 120 Sturgis 6

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Š Black Hills Visitor. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the express consent of the publisher is prohibited. The information included in this publication is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing. Additional advertiser information, articles and more is available online at blackhillsvisitor.com. Photos provided by travelsd.com: 8, 10, 13, 88-89, 92, 94-95, 98, 106-108, 116, 120, 122, 130, 132, 136, 138, 140, 142 Photos provided by Destination Rapid City: 13, 31, 35, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 47


TRIFECTA Three hotels, each just steps away from WaTiki, the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas.

Complimentary breakfast • Group meeting space Two on-site restaurants • Fully equipped fitness center

EXIT 61, RAPID CITY • www. WATIKIWATERPARK.com • 1-866-WATIKI-FUN

Make A Splash THE LARGEST INDOOR WATERPARK IN THE DAKOTAS IS WET AND WILD FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. • 30,000 SQ. FT. OF SLIDES AND POOLS • THREE ON-SITE HOTELS • SLIDERS BAR & GRILL • HUGE ARCADE

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Welcome to the Black Hills, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. With nearly three million people touring the Black Hills annually, both visitors and locals alike recognize this area is steeped in history–and history in the making. This is the place to explore the best of the nation’s natural landmarks and inspiring monuments, as well as getting a first-hand look at the progress of the world’s largest mountain carving. This summer, there’s no better place to celebrate the founders of our nation. You’ll practically feel the presence of the great men who served our country as you stand on the veranda of Mount Rushmore, tour the downtown streets of Rapid City to view the bronze statues of every U.S. president and reverence America’s National Parks as we celebrate the 100th year of the National Park System. In August, the Black Hills warmly welcomes the return of bikers from around the world with the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The weeklong rally transforms the small, sleepy town into the nation’s largest biker rally with over 739,000 in attendance last year. Visitor Magazine is pleased to be your guide to Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills towns that offer 8

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RESTAURANT GUIDE You will find restaurants, delis and hometown diners on pages 35-40 that have something to satisfy your hunger. Enjoy homemade pies, chuckwagon suppers, buffalo burgers and local hospitality that will have you asking for seconds. EVENTS CALENDAR One of the greatest things about summers is the number of activities and events to attend. There is always something going on. Check the calendar on page 16 and have fun. TRAVEL TIPS

nearly limitless opportunities. Experience the best in outdoor adventures, history, culture, dining and shopping while you’re here. Inside these pages you’ll find some amazingly helpful travel tools—the Restaurant Guide (pages 35-40), 43 coupons (pages 127-141), area maps and more to assist you. Discover, dine, shop or tour—whatever you’re ready to do Visitor helps make your time here memorable. Then, take your copy home with you as a vacation memento. Have fun visiting our Black Hills; we hope you enjoy your stay. The staff at Black Hills Visitor Magazine

Avoid spending too much time on the road and plan your days with activities in the same general area– north or south, not both on the same day. Find your hotel on the Rapid City map on page 50 and plan your route around town. The downtown Rapid City map on page 68 gives you a close up of the streets in the historic district. LOCAL TERMS Become familiar with the three local terms used for the area. It’s common to hear the Black Hills referred to as two areas: “the Northern Hills” and “the Southern Hills.” Rapid City is commonly referred to simply as “Rapid’, as well. Go ahead—use these terms; everyone will know what you mean.


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Gem Steakhouse and Saloon

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Gold Nugget Buffet

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Jake’s 111 Oggie’s Sports Bar

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Paddy O’Neill’s Pub

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Silverado Grand Buffet 144 Gaming and Lodging Cadillac Jack’s

Deadwood 113

Boot Hill Tours

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Days of ‘76 Museum

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Historic Adams House

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Mad Mountain Adventures 90 Original Deadwood Tour 111 Tatanka 111 Dining (see page 34) Brown Rock Sports Café Deadwood Grille Diamond Lil’s

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First Gold Hotel

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Midnight Star

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Mineral Palace Hotel & Casino

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Silverado Franklin

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Springhill Suites Marriott

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Celebrity Hotel

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Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort 109

Lead Historic Homestake Opera House

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Sanford Lab Homestake 115

Sturgis Indian Motorcycle Sturgis

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Belle Fourche Tri-State Museum

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Spearfish Cheyenne Crossing

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D.C. Booth Historical National Fish Hatchery 118 Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

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Elkhorn Ridge Resort & Golf Club

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High Plains Western Heritage Center

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Legends & Legacy

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Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

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Rapid City Attractions Black Hills Maze

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Chapel in the Hills

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Dinosaur Park

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Flags and Wheels Indoor Amusement Park 48 America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit

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Jump Craze

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Main Street Square

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Museum of Geology at SDSM&T

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Old MacDonald’s Petting Farm

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Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

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Reptile Gardens

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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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T&M Trail Rides (Nemo)

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Watiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

LaQuinta Inn & Suites

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Residence Inn Marriott

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Shopping Again Books and Bazaar 28 Black Hills Coupon Book 45

Hill City Alpine Inn

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Black Hills Central Railroad – 1880 TRAIN

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Dakota Stone’s Rock Shop 99

Dakota Gold & Silver by Wheeler

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High Country Guest Ranch (Brulé)

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Gold Diggers

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Jack’s Campers

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Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations IF

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Mac’s Grub

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Prairie Berry Winery

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Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman Christmas Village

Scheels 91 Sioux Pottery

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St. Joe Antiques Mall

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Weathered Vane

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Custer Blue Bell Lodge Chuckwagon and Horseback Ride Buffalo Safari Jeep Ride and Cookout

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Dining Guide (see page 38) Boston’s 39

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Botticelli Ristorante

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Four Mile Old West Town 99

Chili’s 41

Laughing Water Restaurant & Snack Shop 104

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Elk Creek Steakhouse (Piedmont) 33

Legion Lake Lodge

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Fuddruckers 34

Naked Winery

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Fuji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 33

National Museum of Woodcarving 99

Golden Corral

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Cuisine 41 Marco’s Pizza

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 37

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Sylvan Lake Lodge

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Hot Springs

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Minervas 39 Paddy O’Neill’s Pub at Hotel Alex Johnson

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Southern Hills Golf

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The Mammoth Site

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Oelrichs Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel

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Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Grapes and Grinds

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Holy Terror Mini Golf

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes, DeSmet 123

National Presidential Wax Museum

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Buffalo Bill’s Cody/ Yellowstone Country, WY 126

Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park

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Slider’s Bar and Grill Texas Roadhouse Lodging Comfort Inn & Suites Fairfield Inn & Suites

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

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Hotel Alex Johnson

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Rushmore Tramway Adventures 96

SD & Beyond Al’s Oasis, and Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma 143

Devils Tower Trading Post, WY

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BLACK HILLS EXPERIENCE National Treasure It’s no secret, millions from all over the world come to the Black Hills to visit iconic monuments and memorials including Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Center of the Nation and Devils Tower in Wyoming.

Just Plain Good Fun Animal Craze Get up close with alligators at Reptile Gardens, then take a drive through Bear Country USA ending your tour in Babyland to see the cute bear cubs. Feed the fish at D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery, and

go to Old MacDonald’s Farm for pig races, pony rides and plenty more. Don’t miss the begging burros at Custer State Park! End your animal-loving excursions with a rodeo (event list is on page 134).

Whether you have the kids with you or not, have some fun on the trampolines at Jump Craze, finding your way through the Black Hills Maze and the race track and more at Flags & Wheels.

The Lost World Step up to life-size figures at Dinosaur Park and participate in the dig at The Mammoth Site. View the formations at Badlands National Park or explore one of the caves the area has to offer. Then, discover the lost world at the Museum of Geology.

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Back to the Future Museums housing the history of aviation and aerospace, presidents and historical figures, pioneer and western heritage artifacts and other exhibits will take you back in time. (A list is on page 132). Did we mention Deadwood has shootouts? Take a tour of towns by trolley and experience the history in both Rapid City and Deadwood or hop on the historic 1880 Train in the southern Hills and ride the rails to adventure.


Fun With a Theme Start the day off with mini golf at Pirate’s Cove and Holy Terror; then, soar the skies at Rush Mountain Adventure Park and Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Find holiday cheer at Christmas Village, and be a cowboy at Circle B Ranch, T & M Trail Rides, Custer State Park and High Country Guest Ranch. No matter your adventure – we have something waiting for you here.

Show Time in the Hills Catch a theatrical production at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park, the Historic Homestake Opera House in Deadwood and short plays at Rapid City’s Storybook Island. Attend Hills Alive, the free, Christian, summer music festival on July 15-17 in Rapid City’s Memorial Park.

Wet and Wild Cool off at the pool while you slip down a water slide and float through a lazy river at one of the Black Hills waterparks, which include: Watiki in Rapid City, Evans Plunge in Hot Springs and the Spearfish Rec and Aquatic Center.

Event Line Up The Black Hills are full of events – especially in Hill City and Rapid City’s Main Street Square. Enjoy entertainment from concerts and movies under the stars to art, wine, micro-brew and BBQ festivals. In August, get ready for the fair as shows, food and rides make their way here. Visit the calendar at BlackHillsVisitor. com for dates and details.

Nature Lovers Grab your lunch to go enjoy a picnic at a park in the Hills. While in west Rapid City, head to the Chapel in the Hills – a beautifully kept green space. Then, check out all the free attractions found on page 136. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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• Towering Life-Sized Dinosaurs • Gift Shop & Eatery • Spectacular 100 Mile Views

605-343-8687

www.dinosaurparkblackhills.com

Visitor Center Open: 8am to 8pm (June - Aug) • 9am to 5pm (May, Sept, Oct)

The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have Getting Lost! • Batting Cage • • Bankshot Basketball • • 360 Climbing Rock •

NEW Party Barn Available! “Roller Racers” a kid powered ride

“Black Hills History” Mini Golf Play and Learn

Snack Bar • Gift Shop Picnic & Play Area Ticket Sales 8:30 am to 9:00 pm

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Largest Christmas Store in the Region! Over 10,000 Ornaments - Best Variety Anywhere #1 Source for

Mt. Rushmore Ornaments

SHOP for All 32 Teams!

Numerous Styles

All 32 NFL teams • Large variety Spacious Parking No Steps

FREE Personalization

We can personalize 100’s of styles of ornaments in ten minutes or less!

10 miles South of Rapid City on Highway 16 to Mt. Rushmore 13648 S. Hwy. 16 • Rapid City, SD • 605-343-3440 • www.blackhillschristmasvillage.com

Best Animal Show in the Hills!

Visit over 100 friendly farm animals! Bottle-feed the baby animals in the Nursery. Hand-feed the goats, sheep, ducks and fish. Hold the baby chicks. Pony and train rides. Cheer for your favorite pig at the race track.

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A Truly Hands-On Experience That Is Fun For The Whole Family

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 8-9 33rd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi Spearfish 8-10 Forks, Corks & Kegs Food & Wine Festival Deadwood 9-10 Dakota Territory Gun Show Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City 16-24 Free National Park Week 29 Naja Shrine Circus Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City

May 1 Naja Shrine Circus Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City

Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore

3 Korczak Day Crazy Horse Memorial

20-22 Custer State Park Open House

4-7 Black Hills Film Festival Rapid City & Hill City 6 Anne’s Day Crazy Horse Memorial

21 Spring Market & Fruhlingsfest Main Street Square, Rapid City

7 Cinco de Mayo Celebration Deadwood

21 1880 Train’s Appreciation Day Hill City

7 Art Extravaganza Hill City

21 Custer BBQ Festival

8 Mother’s Day Express 1880 Train, Hill City 20 Tesla Road Trip Car Rally Custer

27-29 Memorial Day Weekend Open House Crazy Horse Memorial 27-31 Lighting Ceremony Mount Rushmore

June Thursdays Summer Concert Series (6/2-9/1) Main Street Square, Rapid City Thursdays Summer Lecture Series (6/2-8/25) Crazy Horse Memorial Fridays Downtown Friday Nights (6/10-8/26) Spearfish Nightly Laser Light Show Crazy Horse Memorial Nightly Lighting Ceremony Mount Rushmore 3 Black Hills Playhouse Opens 3 Crazy Horse Dedication Anniversaries 4 Kids’ Carnival Main Street Square 4-5 31st Annual Volksmarch Crazy Horse Memorial 11 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo Palmer Gulch, Hill City 11 Art & Wine Festival Main Street Square

Laser Light Show, Crazy Horse Memorial

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11-12 Walleye Fishing Tournament Hot Springs


East of Rapid City at I-90, exit 67 next to Ellsworth AFB (605) 385-5189 • sdasm@midconetwork.com www.sdairandspacemuseum.com

★ Unique gift shop ★ One of a kind displays of aviation milestones

★ 52 Indoor and outdoor exhibits

★ Base Bus Tours Mid-May through Mid-September (nominal fee)

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS June

July

15-18 Miss South Dakota Pageant Hot Springs

Thursdays Summer Concert Series Main Street Square, Rapid City

17-19 Wild Bill Days Deadwood

Thursdays Summer Lecture Series Crazy Horse Memorial

17-19 Rodeo & Gift from Mother Earth Art Show Crazy Horse Memorial 18 29th Annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally Belle Fourche 19 1880 Train Father’s Day Hill City 24-26 Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival Hot Springs

12-17 Deadwood 3 Wheeler Rally & BTW National Trike-In 14-17 45th Annual Black Hills Corvette Classic Spearfish 15-17 39th Annual Festival in the Park Spearfish

Downtown Friday Nights (6/10-8/26) Spearfish

15-17 Hills Alive Memorial Park, Rapid City

Nightly Laser Light Show Crazy Horse Memorial

22-24 Gold Discovery Days Custer

Nightly Lighting Ceremony Mount Rushmore

26-30 Days of ‘76 Celebration Deadwood

1-3 Supermoto Sturgis 4 Independence Day Celebrations

24-26 Black Hills Bluegrass Festival Elkview Campground, Sturgis

Spearfish, Deadwood, Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial & Belle Fourche

25-26 Sculpture in the Hills Hill City

9 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K

26 Night Blast Celebrating Ruth Ziolkowski’s Birthday Crazy Horse Memorial

10 Cruiser Car Show Main Street Square

30 Black Hills Music & Food Festival Main Street Square, Rapid City

August Thursdays Summer Concert Series Main Street Square, Rapid City

10 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo Palmer Gulch, Hill City

SMALL TOWN BIG EVENTS Hill City, SD

Heart of the Hills

2016 CALENDAR Hill City Art Extravaganza ............May 7 Sculpture in the Hills ...........June 25-26 Wine Brew & BBQ ...................Aug. 26-27 Hill City Quilt Show...................Sept. 10-11 Writer's Workshop .........................Oct. 7-9 Girlfriends' Weekend ..................Nov. 4-5

1.800.888.1798 www.hillcitysd.com SMALL TOWN BIG EVENTS from: Black Hills Film Festival • Hill City Arts Council Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce

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Thursdays Summer Lecture Series Crazy Horse Memorial

30-9/4 10th Annual Mustang Rally Sturgis

Downtown Friday Nights Spearfish Nightly Laser Light Show Crazy Horse Memorial

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8-14 Sturgis Rally

Nightly Laser Light Show Crazy Horse Memorial

19-28 Central States Fair Rapid City

6 Night Blast Crazy Horse Memorial

20 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo Palmer Gulch, Hill City

9-11 Holy Terror Days Keystone

21 [LOVE]2 Bridal Fair Main Street Square

10-11 Hill City Quilt Show

25 Free Day: National Park Service’s 100th Birthday

16–17 Taste of Autumn BBQ Championships Spearfish

25-28 Kool Deadwood Nites 26-27 Wine Brew & BBQ Hill City 26-27 Southern Hills Music & Arts Festival Custer 27 Rails & Ales at 1880 Train Hill City

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17 1880 Train Wine Express 24 1880 Oktoberfest Train 24 Fee Free Day: National Public Lands Day 30 51st Annual Buffalo Roundup Custer State Park 30 Oktoberfest Deadwood

Hear the Real Story. Shoot a Real Musket.

Rekindle Your Patriotic Spirit!

9815 S. Hwy 16 On the way to Mt. Rushmore (605) 877-6043

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Traditional dancer Chris Estes performs at the summer Brulé at High Country Guest Ranch.

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IF YOU GO

Brulé Free in Concert Brulé is a must-see, cultural show in the Black Hills. The five-time “Native American Group of the Year” is scheduled to perform Monday through Thursday from July 11– July 28, 2016 in the outdoor Buffalo Moon Theater at the High Country Guest Ranch located four miles outside Hill City. Known for electrifying audiences with their unique blend of contemporary Native American rhythms, Brulé has appeared regularly on PBS and RFD-TV. The group has released over 20 CD titles, six DVDs, a biography, and produced over 70 episodes of the TV show “Hidden Heritage.” Brulé is an exceptional event with the performance serving as a musical “message 20

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of reconciliation” that genuinely engages the audience from the very first song. The show includes traditional dancers dressed in colorful regalia present a stunning visual of the Native American culture. American Indian tipis and theatrical lighting enhance the stage, creating a performance that resonates with audiences. During the show, LaRoche talks from the heart as he introduces each “act” of what has been called a “cultural rock opera.” He relates parts of his personal story, tells a few jokes and shares the Lakota culture, such as the tradition of the seven directions, in a quiet and friendly way that enlightens his audience while making them feel welcome and included.

What: Brulé Where: Buffalo Moon Theater, High Country Guest Ranch, four miles west of Hill City on Deerfield Road on Hwy 17 When: July 11-14; July 18-21; July 25-28; Monday through Thursday evenings Time: Theater gates and grille open at 4 p.m.; Show time 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Free admission for all ages; first-come, firstserve seating Seating: There is a grassy area that you can either bring a lawn chair or blanket, or you can sit in the bleacher seating. Phone: (605) 574-9003 LAROCHE’S STORY Paul LaRoche was adopted at birth and grew up in a white, middle-class family. He didn’t discover his Native American heritage until he was in his mid-30s, when his adoptive parents died. LaRoche then reunited with his family on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation. He is known as Brulé and serves as an ambassador to bridge the gap between white and Native America. He and his band, AIRO (American Indian Rock Opera) have sold more than a million CDs worldwide. His story is told in “Hidden Heritage … the Story of Paul LaRoche,” released in 2006. It was written by Barbara Marshak (Majchrzak), co-owner of High Country Guest Ranch. LaRoche also hosts a show, “Hidden Heritage,” which is on RFD-TV.


HIGH COUNTRY GUEST RANCH Where Western & Native American cultures unite!

ATV RENTAL / CABINS / TRAIL RIDES See our coupon on page 133

www.HighCountryRanch.com miles W of Hill City on 605-574-9003 4Deerfield Road

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ake 2016 the year you visit Mount Rushmore. This year, Mount Rushmore National Memorial will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the completion of the carving. The completion of the carving is significant because it marks the beginning of tourism and economic growth in South Dakota. It is significant because it created a place that visitors, like you, can come to reflect and learn about four significant U.S. presidents, democracy and patriotism. It is also significant because it showcases art on a grand scale and the ingenuity, vision and tenacity of determined men and women to see the project through. Two of these determined men were South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson and sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

During the early 1920s, Robinson first envisioned Old West heroes carved on the granite spires of the Needles. From 1924 to 1925, state officials sought the talent of Borglum. Convinced of the project’s potential in South Dakota, he came to the Black Hills. Borglum decided that four presidents representing 150 years of American history would be the most appropriate subjects for carving. He also pronounced 22 22

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the granite of the Needles too fragile for a carving such as the one he envisioned. Borglum, along with local guides, explored the central Hills to locate a body of granite that would be substantial enough for carving and positioned to receive proper natural illumination from the south. In the end, Rushmore Mountain near Keystone was chosen for the project. President Calvin Coolidge formally dedicated the project on August 10, 1927. Efforts continued on the carving of Mount Rushmore for the next fourteen years until October 31, 1941 with the help of 400 workers. Borglum faced several challenges with the sculpture: finances, weather conditions, dealing with cracks and pockets of poor quality rock on the mountain, developing specialized methods for blasting the granite, and

Discover the most about the presidents and those who worked on the mountain by visiting Mount Rushmore’s Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Museum, renting the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour and attending a ranger-led tour.

devising methods of hoisting the workers and tools safely to the top of the carving. In spite of the difficulties, the likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln gradually emerged from the mountain.

HOURS AND SEASONS The visitor facilities at the Monument are open all year, seven days a week, with the exception of December 25th, when buildings are closed but grounds are open. HOW MUCH There is no charge to enter the monument, but parking is $11 per vehicle. (Updated April 2015) National Park passes do not cover this parking fee. PRESIDENTIAL TRAIL Walk the half-mile loop (includes 422 stairs) for unique views from the base of the Monument. NIGHT LIGHTING

The Avenue of Flags includes all 50 state flags and was established in 1976 as part of the celebration of America’s Bicentennial.

This ceremony includes a ranger talk, a 20-minute film and the lighting of the sculpture. Military and veterans are invited on stage to participate in a flag-folding ceremony. The ceremony is held in the amphitheater May to MidAug. at 9 pm, and Mid-Aug. through Sept. 30 at 8 pm. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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With the help of 400 workers, sculptor Gutzon Borglum carved Mount Rushmore from 1927 to 1941. The challenges of his vision were numerous, including weather, finances and finding suitable rock to carve. In fact, the Jefferson figure was first began to Washington’s right, but it had to be moved when it was determined that the rock was unstable. Rise Studio.

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Make Your Visit Monumental You found YOUR PARK. Now, enjoy all it has to offer. Mount Rushmore Audio Tour • Ranger-led Programs • Junior Ranger Program Lincoln Borglum Museum & Visitor Center • Sculptor’s Studio Evening Lighting Ceremony • Youth Exploration Area • Presidential Trail Mount Rushmore Bookstores Carvers Cafe • Memorial Team Ice Cream Shoppe • Gift Shop www.mountrushmoresociety.com • www.nps.gov/moru • www.mtrushmorenationalmemorial.com

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SHOPPING Black Hills Gold Jewelry does not denote a certain type of gold, but refers to the design of the jewelry.

BLACK HILLS GOLD While many customers might believe that the name “Black Hills Gold Jewelry” denotes a certain type of mined gold, it actually refers to the design of the jewelry. By Federal mandate, this style of jewelry must be manufactured in the Black Hills of South Dakota in order to carry the name “Black Hills Gold Jewelry.”

Hold On to Your Memories Whether you choose to tour museums and monuments, relax at the campground, explore the trails or try your luck in the casino, you will be creating a ton of great memories during your trip to the Black Hills. As unforgettable as those will be, it’s fun to capture them in a form that can also make a great gift. With that in mind, stop by the museum gift shops, gallery stores and other specialty stores. The shops are full of fun and funny Black Hillsand South Dakota-themed souvenirs as well as other items that express the area’s unique history, style and personality. Stop by for lasting reminders of the wonderful 26

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places you’ve visited and the good times you’ve had. Piece of art Access local and national artist’s work at art galleries and museum shops in each town. A truly original gallery, Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, located in Rapid City, features the finest collection of Native American art, beadwork, books, music and cultural artifact reproductions to consider. Stroll through craft studios to peruse the collections made by local artisans, including jewelry, furniture, artworks, soaps and candles. Finding the gold The manufacturers of Black Hills Gold Jewelry produce a diverse

HANDMADE POTTERY Sioux Pottery is made from the red clay of the Black Hills of South Dakota – sacred to the Lakota Native American People. 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. FIND THE DEALS To score the best deals in the Black HIlls on your meaningful memento, get a Black Hills Coupon Book. Available at Common Cents stores for $20, this book is filled with hundreds of offers for retail, restaurants, attractions and more.


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Famous for Diamonds & Black Hills Gold

Rapid City’s Oldest & Finest Full Service Jewelry Store

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620 St. Joseph Street Downtown Rapid City

SHOPPING selection of pieces based upon the original design of rose, green and yellow gold in the grapes and leaves pattern. Today, gifted designers creatively add gemstones including diamonds, sapphires and aquamarine to transform these simple elements into beautiful, artful styles that will provide a lasting memory of your visit to the Black Hills. Made in South Dakota Create a unique and personalized gift basket with the unique tastes of smoked pheasant, smoked turkey, buffalo, elk and beef salami combined with cheese, sweets and snacks like candy, jams, honey, popcorn, nut butters and many other products. To really take a piece of the Black Hills home with you, stop by Legends & Legacies in Spearfish where you will find log and rustic furniture, along with accessories to complement those pieces. A piece of history For a vintage find, the area has many antique shops – both large and small. Create your own “Antiques Roadshow” while you’re in a local downtown or on a scenic highway. These shops contain items directly related to life in the Black Hills and house some interesting treasures.

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Retail finds If brand names are what you’re looking for, you can find them at Rushmore Mall (I-90 exit 58) and Rushmore Crossing (exit 60) in Rapid City; each offers a variety of clothing, sporting equipment, home and pet supply stores. Find additional brands when you shop the locally owned gift and clothing boutiques and shops. There you will find Trollbeads, Vera Bradley, South Dakota made products and many more ideas. The area is loaded with original artisan goods, quirky gifts and local culinary delights that will inevitably find their way into your luggage and back to the ones you love. And don’t forget to buy yourself something, too; you deserve it.


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CUSTER

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KEYSTONE

Mt. Rushmore Gift Shop - Mt. Rushmore Mt. Rushmore T-Shirt Co. - 804 Hwy 16A, #7 Black Hills Souvenirs - Main Street Black Hills Gifts & Gold - Main Street Nat’l Presidential Wax Museum - 609 Hwy 16A

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1st Souvenir - 696 1/2 Main Street Broken Arrow - 606 Main Street Mt. Rushmore KOA - 12620 Hwy 244 Broken Arrow - 249 Main Street

HOT SPRINGS

Coffee Cup Fuel Stop - 27638 Hwy 385

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Cedar Pass Lodge - 20681 SD Hwy 40

Reptile Gardens - 8955 South Highway 16 Dinosaur Park - 940 Skyline Drive Jacket Zone - 617 N Main Street

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Just For Looks - 1006 Main Street

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EAT & DRINK When the sun goes down and the evening sets in, sit outside and enjoy dinner on the patio. Many places have live entertainment, fire pits and beautiful views for a special dining experience.

USE OUR GUIDE >>> Whether you’re looking for casual dining or upscale eateries, you’ll find it in our guide starting on page 34. With a chain options and numerous locally-owned restaurants, visitors can enjoy everything from burgers and steaks to ethnic eats.

Now Taste This The life mantra ‘eat, drink and be merry’ is especially useful when on vacation. After all, everyone knows calories don’t count when you’re away from home. And, if you’re a die-hard foodie, some things should just be tasted right from the source. Make meals a part of your adventure by trying dishes unique to the area and experiencing things you normally wouldn’t try. Along with these few South Dakota experiences, this guide will help you make the most of all your eating opportunities.

for you. Experience the value of eating locally raised meat served from locally owned and operated restaurants throughout the Black Hills. When you bite into your burger or steak, you will notice a slightly sweet, yet very rich flavor, which differs from beef. For the best flavor, order your bison medium-rare to rare (the meat will dry out fast the more it’s cooked since the fat content is so low).

Cowboy fare For authentic Western family-fun under the stars, the Black Hills offers cowboy experiences like no Buffalo burgers Don’t miss your chance to try a real South other. Get your tickets for Dakota buffalo burger on your an area chuckwagon dinner trip–the red meat that is good and supper show and watch

THE STATE BREAD South Dakota designated fry bread as the official state bread in February 2005, so you know it is going to be good. Indian Fry Bread is a Native American quick bread, and the way it is served varies from region to region – with different tribes holding unique recipes to specific areas. It is surprisingly light and crispy, is a perfect combination of salty and sweet. GET IT TO GO If, after a long day of sightseeing, you want to head back to your hotel– many local restaurants deliver. Ask your front desk for menus and ordering options. There is something delicious for everyone at the many attractive cafes, winery bistros, buffets and restaurants throughout the Black Hills area. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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EAT & DRINK as Dakota-grown beefsteaks are grilled over the campfire, taste Dutch-oven side dishes and get taken back in time to an old western scene. Grab your tin plate and get in line for beef, beans, baked potatoes and biscuits, then kick back and enjoy real cowboy entertainment filled with shoot-outs and music. Dine with a view Not everyone gets the opportunity to dine with the Presidents and Crazy Horse, but here in the Black Hills, people do it everyday. Enjoy delicious cuisine from a cup of espresso and breakfast to a full course gourmet meal while you sit in front of a cascading wall of windows showcasing Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial that rise up in the foreground. Taste wild game Elk with its clean, sweet taste can be found in common menu items such as elk stew, elk ravioli or made into a burger or steak. Pheasant, which happens to be the state bird, is another game cuisine to taste. The high-protein meat is usually roasted and tastes similar to chicken. Both of these game meats are often found served with pasta. Fishing is a favorite activity of many that call the Black Hills home. With streams and lakes filled with trout and walleye, dinner can be caught fresh and enjoyed right on the spot when you go to a fish ‘n fry café. At some locations, visitors can fish with provided poles and bait, then await a meal prepared with a catch of the day. Locally made sweet treats Famous for their local mom and pop dessert shops–the Black Hills are a sweet tooth’s haven. Watch in wonder as salt-water taffy is made through the storefront window in Keystone. Try a scoop of homemade ice cream at a local parlor in every town you visit. No matter where you go in the Hills–you can create sweet memories to take home. 32

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LEGENDS STEAKHOUSE Franklin Hotel 700 Main Street 605-578-3670

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EAT & DRINK Discover wine with a South Dakota twist made with native fruits like crab apples, rhubarb and more.

SAMPLE SUGGESTIONS

Thirsty for Local Flavor? The wineries located in and around the Hills provide the perfect excuse for vacationers to explore something other than the typical, which is exactly what an increasing number of people are doing every season out of the year. Whether you are a first time visitor, novice or an experienced wine connoisseur—you will love tasting the different flavors directly from the source at one of our local wineries. The Black Hills Wine Trail along Highway 385 connects the charming tasting rooms in Hill City and Custer with the tasting rooms in Deadwood. A big reason to visit wineries is to learn, so don’t feel like you need to know everything about 42

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wine before you visit a winery; just enjoy yourself and the overall experience. For wine tasting basics, you’re in a great area—as the Black Hills tasting rooms tend to be laid back, at least compared to tasting in Napa. So, if you’re fresh off the Mickelson and want to stop by a tasting room wearing shorts and your Merrells, go for it. When you walk in, expect to be greeted by the host asking, “Would you like to taste some wine?” to which you can respond, “Yes, please!” Personable, well-informed guides will then introduce you to the wines the winery produces and the local stories behind them.

Step away from the grapes you know for a little while and try some of the area’s award-winning flavors. Allow your taste buds to journey through the countless options of wines, starting with the lightest whites and progressing to the heaviest reds. A sip of water and a plain cracker between the wines will help clear your palate.

A UNIQUE FLAVOR Brewmasters in the Black Hills claim it’s the local water that gives their beer its unique flavor – making these craft brews one-of-akind drinks you don’t want to miss out on. DON’T SPOIL IT Remember the elements when purchasing your take-home beverages; a hot car can ruin them. If you have a full day of sightseeing ahead of you, ask the wineries and breweries you visit about their options for shipping your purchase to your home. Then, you will be able to enjoy the rest of your trip worry free.


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Growlers are take-home containers filled with your favorite brew that can be stored unopened for up to two weeks in a cool environment.

When selecting the varieties of wines you would like to try, take this opportunity to sample some of the regional specialtiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many of which are award-winning flavors. Oftentimes, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll typically start with whites, then pour reds, then finish with dessert wines. Several tasting rooms offer complimentary wine tastings, and if there is a fee, the host will let you know. The tasting room gift shops feature locally made crafts and wine-themed trinkets to commemorate your visit. Be sure to take a little piece of South Dakota home with you along with the wine or brew of your choice. Each year, new breweries continue to pop up in the Hills, offering a variety of craft beer and guided tours of their facilities. Many local breweries offer exclusive choices for tasting their beer. Some give you the choice of free samples, while others offer beer flights for purchase. These flights allow you to try the various tastes the region has to offer. 44

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Enjoy your drinks outside on the patios scattered throughout the Black Hills.

Many of the local wineries and breweries host a number of events throughout the year, too. Visitors can experience live music, stand up comedy shows (complete with complimentary

tastings) and themed food and wine pairing dinners. See our calendar and plan to visit during during one of their events or reserve the venue to host your next family reunion.


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RAPID CITY SCHOOL OF MINES Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the mining industry, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is operating today as a science and engineering research university, offering a wide variety of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to nearly 2,800 students. From neutrino experiments in an underground laboratory to collaborations with NASA, research at SDSM&T brings talent and innovation to local, national and global initiatives.

Rapid City

HUB OF ACTIVITY With its central location, countless hotels, campgrounds and lodging options and endless activity – visitors to the Black Hills often make Rapid City their hub of their vacation.

ELLSWORTH AFB In 1942, Rapid City Air Base (today’s Ellsworth Air Force Base) was established six miles northeast of the city. Today, Ellsworth serves as one of two B1-B home bases in the continental United States. Just outside the front gate of the base, visitors can walk through the free South Dakota Air & Space Museum for an up close look at the aircrafts that have been used throughout the years.

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Rapid City Founded in 1876 by a group of prospectors, Rapid City stands as the second largest city in South Dakota offering a wide variety of gift shops, boutiques, family attractions, parks, galleries, restaurants and more. While you are here, experience all this town has to offer.

When you’re visiting Rapid City, take in the vibrant downtown scene with one of its many concerts and outdoor festivals year-round.

between 6th and 7th streets for a colorful display of area artists that is constantly changing its appearance.

Life-size sites The City of Presidents free walking tour holds a series of bronze statues of our Stroll through town Downtown’s bustling streets nation’s past presidents, of Rapid City are lined with and can be enjoyed along a cozy collection of historic Rapid City’s downtown buildings filled with unique sidewalks. Each figure depicts a president in a shops and galleries, where different pose, emphasizing visitors can find one-ofsome unique aspect of a-kind pieces of Native American artwork and local their personality—such as President Reagan wearing craft goods. a cowboy hat–and are While strolling through life-sized, providing perfect the downtown area, make your way through Art Alley photo opportunities. This


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Rapid City to Mt. Rushmore 31 min (23.1 mi) via US-16 W Rapid City to Crazy Horse 46 min (37 mi) via US-16 W

See Rapid City from a different view as you take the trolley and listen to a narrated tour of the town.

walking tour is full of fun facts mixed with traditional history, making this selfguided tour entertaining and educational. After visiting each of the presidents, head to the dinosaur looking over the city. A prominent feature of the skyline on the mountain that separates east and west Rapid City, the Brontosaurus is one of the seven life-size concrete sculptures built in 1936 in Dinosaur Park. Tour the town Step back in time as you climb aboard the City View Trolley and listen to a narrated tour of the city’s most historical locations. The trolley fare for unlimited on/off access per day is $2 per adult, $1 per child (12 and under), and $1 for honored citizens (60 and over, disabled, and Medicare card holders). The city trolley system offers convenient pickup and drop-off stops at: The Journey Museum; downtown at 6th and Main

Rapid City to Custer State Park 34 min (28.2 mi) via SD-79 S and SD-36 W Rapid City to Hill City 32 min (27 mi) via US-16 W

Rapid City to Hot Springs 59 min (57 mi) via SD-79 S

Main Street Square hosts numerous free events throughout the summer months. Whether its a foodie experience you’re looking for or live music – this is the place to be. The Hills come to life at Hills Alive in Memorial Park each July. With two stages and big names, this free music festival is a familyfriendly event filled with fun. Outdoor melodies fill the Hills with music performances held under the stars. Enjoy the Thursday night concert series, Black Hills Music Festival and more throughout the summer months. For more events, see our calendar on page 16. Grab some cotton candy and take in the Central States Fair. Starting Aug. 19-28, the excitement of carnival rides, rodeos, concerts and food come to town. From ferris wheels and corn dogs to polka music at the German tent, you’re going to love it.

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Streets; Cleghorn Springs Fish Hatchery; the Chapel in the Hills/ Stavkirke Chapel; Storybook Island; Dinosaur Park; the Dahl Arts Center; and the City of Presidents Visitors’ Center on Main Street. For more information on the schedule and other pick-up points, visit RapidRide.org. Active downtown Main Street Square is a fun-filled public space in the downtown district where you can enjoy free activities including: special events, arts and culture, concerts, granite sculpting, and interactive fountains. Check out a waterfall and fountain, which runs each day during the summer—weather and event permitting. Surrounded by the City of Presidents, boutiques, and eateries—the possibilities are endless in the heart of downtown. Experience art in the making while Sculptor Masayuki Nagase transforms 21 pieces of granite into The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water. The project is in its fourth year and is expected to be complete in 2017. Visitors may watch Nagase work on-site at the Square from June to October and see the completed stones. See the beauty If you’re wanting a break from the city life, stop by one of Rapid City’s parks, or venture outside the city limits. Just a short drive away, you will find yourself surrounded by two million acres of ponderosa pine that provide a unique and up-close view of the region’s natural wonders. Rapid City’s close proximity allows easy access to great outdoor activities to see the beauty of the Hills like hiking, biking, climbing and horseback riding.

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Gigantic monuments are hard to beat, but fabulous food, generous hospitality, lively entertainment and culture make the trip. Go to VisitRapidCity.com or call 800 - 487- 3223 for places to stay, things to do and where to eat in Rapid City and the Black Hills.


WELCOME

EDITOR Karlee Moore ADVERTISING SALES Morgan Levitus COPY EDITOR Morgan Levitus CONSULTANT Black Hills Visitor Magazine For Advertising information: info@ DowntownRapidCity.com /DowntownRapidCity /DowntownRapidCity Rapid City Downtown Magazine 605-716-7979 512 Main St., Ste. 980 Rapid City, SD 57701 DowntownRapidCity.com info@Downtown RapidCity.com

Welcome to Downtown Rapid City…the heart of the city, home to a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, unique shops and boutiques, renowned galleries, museums and performing arts centers, the City of Presidents statues, preserved historic buildings, and Main Street Square. There’s always a fun event happening in our thriving downtown, whose dynamic contemporary city vibe juxtaposes a deeply 58

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meaningful and rich cultural heritage. We hope you take the time to fully consume yourself in our community, sampling all it has to offer year-round.

President & CEO, Destination Rapid City

© Destination Rapid City and the Downtown Business Group. Reproduction of any material is expressively forbidden without permission from Destination Rapid City. Destination Rapid City and its affiliates assume no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photography or artwork, and reserve the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising material. Advertisements in this publication do not necessarily carry the endorsement of Destination Rapid City or its affiliates. Cover image: Wes Eisenhauer Photography


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Downtown Rapid City has a vibrant and colorful arts and culture scene that celebrates the values and history of our region in all its forms.

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Our neighborhood has fun activities that every member of the family can enjoy.

Map 16 Find your way to fun.

Shop 18 Take home a piece of Rapid City and find one-ofa-kind gifts at downtown specialty shops.

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Borrow a Bike Find a Beat Find a tune to sing and dance along to almost everywhere you turn. Thursday nights feature bands on two outdoor stages during Summer Nights and the Main Street Square Concert Series. Local talent frequently fills the air in pubs and restaurants. Downtown theaters and arenas host an array of play series and the top touring musical acts year-round.

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Cheer for the Home Team Sport enthusiasts can catch hard-hitting competition downtown. Rapid City Rush bring the excitement of professional hockey, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Hardrocker men and women compete in NCAA Division II sporting events, and in January the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo brings fast-paced PRCA action you won’t want to miss. 

Celebrate the Holidays Revel in the sights and sounds of the season with Main Street Square’s Holiday Celebration and the Festival of Lights Parade (Nov. 26). Take in the nightly lighting displays or a holiday show at a theater downtown, and ring in the new year with ball drops and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Rapid City BCycle is the first bike share program in Downtown Rapid City. Purchase a daily pass for $5 at a BCycle kiosk at Main Street Square or the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. For additional fees and regulations, go to RapidCity.BCycle.com. Hop on a bike and explore the miles-long bike path through the city. It’s as easy as ride, return, repeat.


Hail History History is literally on every corner downtown. This 140-year-old expansive historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features beautifully intact historic architecture and historic markers that offer a window to the past. Pick up a Rapid City Walking Tour map and delve into the days of old.

Play in the Park Reflect at the newly constructed Trinity Eco Prayer Park, or pack a picnic and run through the fountains at Main Street Square. And don’t miss Legacy Commons Playground, an all-inclusive play area that features sensory and creative play options in five play areas allowing children to learn about Rapid City and the surrounding area.

Shake Hands with a President Visitors are greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along the city’s streets and sidewalks. It’s no wonder Rapid City was voted the most patriotic city in the U.S.

Local Brews Two iconic breweries are located in the heart of Downtown Rapid City. Firehouse Brewing Company, housed in the original Rapid City Firehouse built in 1915, was the first brew pub in the city. Hay Camp Brewing Company is the city’s first production brewery, specializing in small-batch, handcrafted beers. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Stay With Us Downtown hotels place visitors in the heart of Rapid City, conveniently located within walking distance to all of the excitement. Stay at one of the newly renovated hotels such as the Howard Johnson Inn & Suites or the Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza, that exude modern comfort and accommodations. Take a refreshing dip in an indoor pool or unwind in a hot tub before calling it a night in a welcoming guest room. Revel in the affordable luxury and prestigious charm

of the historic Hotel Alex Johnson, a new addition to the coveted Curio Collection by Hilton. Slip into vacation mode the moment you arrive as past presidents have done before you. The hotel embodies the distinct culture (and spirits) of our community, catering to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. If you aren’t staying in the neighborhood, hop on your hotel shuttle. Big adventure awaits you downtown.

• Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast • Indoor Pool and 2 Hot Tubs • In Room Safes • Easy Access to Black Hills Attractions, Including Mt. Rushmore • Walking Distance to Downtown Shopping, Restaurants and Memorial Park

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Cambria Suites 333 Outfitter Road 605-341-0101 Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center 1333 N. Elk Vale Road 605-791-2345 Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza 505 N. Fifth Street 605-348-4000 Hotel Alex Johnson 523 Sixth Street 605-342-1210 Howard Johnson Inn & Suites 950 North Street 605-737-4656 MainStay Suites 3321 Outfitter Road 605-719-5151 Town House Motel 210 St. Joseph Street 605-791-3987


Main Street Square 2016 events Heroes Skate Day Skates and a Movie Lights on the Ice Teen Night Last Day to Skate Beach Party Eggstravaganza Frühlingsfest and Spring Market Concert Series (Thursdays) Kids’ Carnival Art & Wine Festival Cruiser Car Show [Love]² Bridal Fair Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival Bierbörse Ice Rink Opens Holiday Celebration and Winter Market Ugly Sweater Skate Party Lights on the Ice Teen Night Skates and a Movie Downtown Countdown

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Experience the Arts Immerse yourself in the art and culture that is intertwined throughout Downtown Rapid City. Take in exhibits, performances and collections at the numerous downtown art centers. The Performing Arts Center of Rapid City features local performances by organizations like the Black Hills Community Theatre, the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, the Rapid City Children’s Chorus and the Black Hills Showcase Chorus. Stop, stare and perhaps buy at Rapid River Gallery or Reflections of South Dakota Gallery & Gifts featuring local and regional artists, or take home local handcrafted art from Prairie Edge Trading Company & Galleries or Shaviq Studio & Gallery. Don’t miss the World’s Only Pawnseum home to relics from the Look up! Murals decorate the skyline and public art is at your fingertips. Slow down, take a moment and let your senses take over in this dynamic artistic community.

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Alex Johnson Mercantile 608 St. Joseph Street 605-343-2383 Canvas 2 Paint 632 St. Joseph Street 605-716-3325 Dahl Arts Center 713 Seventh Street 605-394-4101 Perfect Hanging Gallery 512 Main Street, Ste. 940 605-348-7761 Participate in Native American storytelling at a cultural festival.

area’s colorful history. Experience local life during a fun run, pub crawl or one of the area’s year-round celebrations. Be inspired by the beauty of the Black Hills and pick up the supplies you need to create your own artistic rendition of your experience from Who’s Hobby House, Western Stationers or The Quilt Connection, Etc.

Prairie Edge Trading Company & Galleries 606 Main Street 605-342-3086 Rapid River Gallery 910 Main Street 605-721-7555 Reflections of South Dakota Gallery & Gifts 605 Main Street 605-341-3234 Shaviq Studio & Gallery 626 St. Joseph Street 605-394-0020 Suzie Cappa Art Center 722 St. Joseph Street 605-791-3578


FAMILY FUN

Great Memories Start Here Downtown Rapid City offers families a chance to enjoy entertaining and educational attractions for all ages, oftentimes free. Main Street Square, dubbed the outdoor living room of downtown, hosts a variety of events year-round including weekly movie nights and concerts in the summer, family festivals, an interactive fountain and ice skating in the winter. While at the Square, experience the magic in Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toy House. Explore downtown and learn presidential history on the City of Presidents Tour, or 66

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Black Hills Community Theatre 601 Columbus Street 605-394-1787 Black Hills Open-Top-Tours 302 Racine Street 605-644-6736 Black Hills Playhouse blackhillsplayhouse.com 605-255-4141 City of Presidents 631 Main Street downtownrapidcity.com Downtown Rapid City Walking Tour rapidcitywalkingtour.com 605-430-6445

Share a treat, like Lavendar Honey ice cream at The Silver Lining Creamery.

dig into a land before time at the SDSM&T Museum of Geology (free), or learn the history of the Black Hills at The Journey Museum

Elks Theatre 512 Sixth Street 605-343-7888 Fort Hays Chuckwagon 2255 Fort Hayes Drive 605-343-3113 Historic Rapid City 1015 Twelfth Street 605-341-5398


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Ride.Return.Repeat. Rent bikes at Main Street Square & SD School of Mines & Technology RapidCity.Bcycle.com • 888.800.0637 Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. • Memberships available

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FAMILY FUN The Journey Museum & Learning Center 222 New York Street 605-394-6923 Main Street Square 526 Main Street 605-716-7979 Performing Arts Center of Rapid City 601 Columbus Street 605-716-0616 IMAGE COURTESY: RAPID CITY ARTS COUNCIL

The Potter Family Theatre the-potter-family.com 605-415-5593 Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau 444 Mt. Rushmore Road N. 605-718-8484

Awaken your creativity during a class at the Dahl Arts Center.

& Learning Center, which hosts weekend Discovery Expeditions. Art studios such as the Dahl Arts Center, Suzie Cappa Art Center and Canvas 2 Paint encourage your creativity to run wild. While at Memorial Park be sure to play in Legacy Commons’ five accessible play areas, relax next to

Cool off on a hot day and splash through the interactive fountains at Main Street Square. The fountains run every day through the summer and feature a light show when the sun goes down.

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Rapid Creek and Memorial Pond, spin the 9,000 pound granite Rock Spinner 6 and visit the memorial statues. This will be a vacation your family won’t soon forget.

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center 444 Mt. Rushmore Road N. 605-394-4111 SDSM&T Museum of Geology 501 E St. Joseph Street 605-394-2467 Summer Nights PO Box 2290 rapidcitysummernights. com Trinity Eco Prayer Park 405 St. Joseph Street 605-348-4895


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An Adventure in Retail Downtown is your one-stop shop to get outfitted for any adventure. Roam’n Around, First Stop Gun Shop and the Connection Army-Navy Store, to name a few, have all you need from fishing and camping to hiking and hunting. Crack open a new read from Mitzi’s Books or Again Books & Bazaar, or flip through Black Hills Vinyl’s impressive catalog, where you’re bound to score a record to complete your collection. Browse a stunning array of precious stones at the distinguished Neugebauer’s Fine Jewelry and Landstrom’s Jewelry. Go ahead and splurge. Expand your culinary skills with a special blend from The Spice & Tea Exchange or experiment in

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BOOKS: Again Books & Bazaar 612 St. Joseph Street 605-343-3618 Christian Science Reading Room 530 St. Joseph Street 605-343-4866 Mitzi’s Books 510 Main Street 605-721-2665 CLOTHING: Audra’s Bridal Gallery 601 St. Joseph Street 605-348-8816 Bella Boutique 609 St. Joseph Street 605-791-2099

Beautifully landscaped blocks are lined with fun and fabulous shops.

the kitchen with gourmet natural and organic offerings from Main Street Market. Places like Revival, Furniture Mart, Johnson Creek Antiques and Perfect Hanging Gallery have a fantastic selection of items to complete your home décor. Show school spirit with memorabilia from the SD Mines Downtown Rocker Shop and the Jacket Zone– Rapid City. Update your wardrobe with the latest trends at shops like Karma Boutique, Vanbachs Boutique and Untamed Accessories & Clothing. Audra’s Bridal Gallery and Michael’s Mens Wear can help you dress to the nines. Save big on consignment pieces while outfitting mom and baby at Children’s Trading Post. Is your suitcase packed to the brim? Ask about shipping options while you shop.

Children’s Trading Post 325 Omaha Street, Ste. 1 605-209-5199 Karma Boutique 529 Main Street 605-718-1456 Michael’s Mens Wear 617 St. Joseph Street 605-342-0127 Mona Lisa’s on Main 615 Main Street 605-716-7801 Ponderosa Sportswear 619 St. Joseph Street 605-341-7198 Seeley Clothing 512 Main Street, Ste. 200 605-341-1200 Shirt Shack 517 Main Street 605-737-3103 SoleMate Shoes & The Uniform Center 723 Main Street 605-343-0203 Untamed Accessories & Clothing 617 Main Street 605-343-5020


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SHOPPING Roam’n Around 512 Main Street, Ste. 140 605-716-1660 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 507 Sixth Street 605-716-4700 Roger Frye’s Paint & Supply 626 Sixth Street 605-342-1309 Sergeant Poppers 317 Main Street 605-381-4484 SD Mines Downtown Rocker Shop 616 St. Joseph Street 605-394-2374 Vanbachs Boutique 512 Main Street, Ste. 210 605-342-3650 FURNITURE & HOME: B.E.S. Lighting & Home 333 Omaha Street, Ste. 3 605-348-3393 Furniture Mart 430 Main Street 605-342-3822 Johnson Creek Antiques 627 Main Street 605-791-5464 Knecht Home Center 320 West Boulevard 605-342-4840 The Marketplace on 7th 320 Seventh Street 605-342-8160 St. Joe Antiques Mall 615 St. Joseph Street 605-341-1073 JEWELRY: Landstrom’s Jewelry 620 St. Joseph Street 605-342-6663 Neugebauer’s Fine Jewelry 601 Main Street 605-348-4557

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SPECIALTY SHOPS: At Home Design 410 Fifth Street 605-388-8322 Black Hills Interiors & Kitchen Tune Up 333 Omaha Street, Ste. 1 605-341-2614 Black Hills Vapors 509 Seventh Street 605-791-5505 Black Hills Vinyl 622 St. Joseph Street 605-791-4040 Chubby Chipmunk 523 Sixth Street 605-717-0098 The Clock Shop 629 St. Joseph Street 605-355-0505 Common Cents 1129 W. Omaha Street 605-343-8482 Connection Army-Navy Store 817 Main Street 605-341-3032 Dakota Coin & Precious Metals 615 St. Joseph Street 605-484-9788

Dakota Drum 603 Main Street 605-348-2421 First Stop Gun Shop 701 Main Street 605-341-5211 Heroes Magic & Sports Cards 513 Main Street 605-716-0273 Jacket Zone-Rapid City 611 Main Street 605-593-5139 Main Street Market 333 Omaha Street, Ste. 2 605-341-9099 Poppy & Pine 512 Main Street, Ste. 240 605-791-4770 Presidential Pawn 610 Seventh Street 605-342-7296 The Quilt Connection, Etc. 522 St. Joseph Street 605-355-0178 Revival 607 Main Street 605-716-9500

The Spice & Tea Exchange 519 Sixth Street 605-791-2900 Storyteller Entertainment 520 Sixth Street 605-348-7242 Sugar Sweet 524 Seventh Street 605-721-3252 Victoria’s Garden 320 Seventh Street 605-348-2035 Vita Sana Olive Oil Company 627 St. Joseph Street 605-721-6555 Western Stationers 714 St. Joseph Street 605-342-3310 Who’s Game House 512 Main Street, Ste. 910 605-342-4263 Who’s Hobby House 715 Main Street 605-342-0875 Who’s Toy House 512 Main Street, Ste. 160 605-716-4386 Zoom Soda & Candy 515 Main Street 605-718-2693


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NIGHTLIFE

Catch a Black Hills sunset on one of the many open-air patios, where stories flow and live music frequently floats through the air.

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of the Elks Theatre’s film festivals. Drop in to a dance class at Gotta Dance and learn new moves before making your way to Ig•night by (kōl) where you will be mesmerized by aerial performances. Or step back in time and play old-school arcade games at Press Start, a barcade. Grab a drink at local neighborhood bars, like The Brass Rail Lounge and Oasis Lounge. Even the toughest beer critics will be

Learn the basics of painting with friends in an upbeat class at Canvas 2 Paint.

pleased by the impressive selection of taps offered at Sandford’s Grub & Pub, Wobbly Bobby British Pub and the likes. With so many nightlife options, you are sure to make unforgettable memories in Downtown Rapid City.


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• John Glenn’s Friendship 7 Lens. • Michael Jackson’s concert glove. • The Icebox Nugget (The Black Hills’ largest undisputed gold nugget). • Largest selection of preowned Black Hills gold in the region. • Huge selection of firearms. • Massive selection of high end jewelry at a fraction of new price. • Free museum providing fun for all ages. • Jewelers on staff. • Huge selection of Rhythm magic motion clocks. • A must see when visiting Rapid City!

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DINING

Alternative Fuel Coffee House 512 Main Street, Ste. 110 605-791-3791 Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe 202 Main Street 605-355-0507 Botticelli Ristorante Italiano 523 Main Street 605-348-0089 The Brass Rail Lounge 624 St. Joseph Street 605-341-1768 Ciao! Italian Eatery 512 Main Street, Ste. 130 605-716-4323

Eating Like the Locals Do Nosh your way through Downtown’s array of eateries. Places like Alternative Fuel Coffee House, Pita Pit and Hippo Steve Pastiche – The Downtown Deli offer fresh grab-and-go grub to eat at one of the many public seating and picnic areas around town, allowing you to take in the local sights and sounds. Catch a breathtaking panorama of the city while enjoying a specialty artisanal cocktail from the upscale patio of the Vertex Sky Bar. Cozy up next to a fire pit, engage in some friendly competition playing 78

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Curry Masala 510 St. Joseph Street 605-716-7783 Delmonico Grill 609 Main Street 605-791-1664 Dunn Brothers Coffee 719 Omaha Street 605-721-0600 Family Thrift Center 855 Omaha Street 605-343-6106 Firehouse Brewing Company 610 Main Street 605-348-1915 Firehouse Wine Cellars 620 Main Street 605-716-9463

Eateries pile on fresh, seasonal ingredients for an inventive twist on classic fare.

backyard patio games and munch on elevated bar fare at Murphy’s Pub & Grill. Take in the scene during sidewalk dining at

Great Harvest Bread Co. 721 Omaha Street 605-791-5623 Gold Bison Grill 505 N. Fifth Street 605-348-4000 Haycamp Brewing Company 201 Main Street, Ste. 109 970-215-9859


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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 507 6th Street Rapid City, SD 57701 (605)716-4700 | rmcf@rushmore.com

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Ifrit’s Hookah Lounge 725 St. Joseph Street 605-716-6986 Independent Ale House 625 St. Joseph Street 605-718-9492 (kōl) 504 Mt. Rushmore Road 605-791-1600 Don’t forget dessert! The Firehouse Brewing Co. whips up concoctions so delicious you’ll be tempted to eat it first.

Wine Cellar Restaurant, Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub, and Independent Ale House. Travel to Mexico at ¿Que Pasa? Cantina, Italy at Botticelli Ristorante Italiano or even India at Curry Masala during a meal featuring delicious international eats without ever leaving Rapid City. You can really treat yourself to fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere at Delmonico Grill, Tally’s Silver Spoon and Gold Bison Grill. Chubby Chipmunk truffles, Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe ice cream, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s hand-dipped caramel apples and Zoom Soda & Candy’s nostalgic treats will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Downtown Rapid City is home to many unqiue eateries. The coalfired oven at (kōl) produces distinctly flavored dishes, prepared at 1,200 degrees.

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Murphy’s Pub & Grill 510 Ninth Street 605-791-2244 Oasis Lounge Inc. 711 Main Street 605-342-9809 Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub 523 Sixth Street 605-342-1210 Pita Pit 725 Main Street 605-718-7482

Sanford’s Grub & Pub 306 Seventh Street 605-721-1463 The Silver Lining Creamery 512 Main Street, Ste. 100 605-791-1141 Sip-n-Cycle partybikesf.com 605-858-2378 Starbucks 523 Sixth Street 605-342-1210 Tally’s Silver Spoon 530 Sixth Street 605-342-7621 Tinder Box 518 Seventh Street 605-341-8466 Vertex Sky Bar 523 Sixth Street 605-716-4530 VFW Post 1273 420 Main Street 605-342-9804

Press Start 504 Mt. Rushmore Road

Wine Cellar Restaurant 513 Sixth Street 605-718-2675

¿Que Pasa? Cantina 502 Main Street 605-716-9800

Wobbly Bobby British Pub 510 Main Street 605-721-7468

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Hippo Steve Pastiche, The Downtown Deli 628 Sixth Street 605-389-2503


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Main Street Square, Downtown Rapid City Watch public art in the making as Masayuki Nagase transforms 21 pieces of granite into The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water. See and touch completed stones. Free. The artwork is a tribute to the local community and a gateway to the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous granite sculptures, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. MAIN

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MORE SERVICES

Bob’s 66 721 Mt. Rushmore Road 605-348-6747 Dodge Town 1120 E. Omaha Street 605-343-2896 Firestone Complete Auto Care 425 Main Street 605-593-8383 Frontier Auto Glass, LLC 301 Main Street 605-348-5366

Casey Peterson & Assoc. 909 St. Joseph Street, Ste. 101 605-348-1930 Chris Bro Hospitality 415 Main Street 605-342-0691 Clark & Grelind Printing 789 Deadwood Avenue 605-348-2021 Climate Control PO Box 254 605-721-7177 Conrad’s Big C Signs 1750 E. North Street 605-348-8744

Granite Automotive 404 Cambell Street 605-342-3400

Costello, Porter, Hill, Heisterkamp, Bushnell & Carpenter, LLP 704 St. Joseph Street 605-343-2410

McKie Ford Lincoln 2010 E. Mall Drive 605-348-1400

Dakota Mill & Grain 416 Omaha Street 605-342-3834

Mel’s Auto Body, Inc. 1755 S. Valley Drive 605-342-5911

DeMersseman Jensen Tellinghuisen & Huffman, LLP 516 Fifth Street 605-342-2814

BUSINESS SERVICES: A-1 Construction 1897 E. Centre Street, Ste. 100 605-348-6148 AAA of South Dakota 815 St. Joseph Street 605-342-8482 Aflac 1501 E. Centre Street, Ste. 201 605-716-4518 All Seasons Pest Control aspcsd.com 605-716-7378 Assurant 440 Mt. Rushmore Road 605-719-0999 Bangs, McCullen, Butler, Foye & Simmons, LLP 333 West Boulevard, #400 605-343-1040 Black Hills Corporation 625 Ninth Street 605-721-1700 Black Hills Energy 409 Deadwood Avenue 605-716-3951 Black Hills Insurance Agency, Inc. 820 St. Joseph Street 605-342-5555 Black Hills Patrol 807 Columbus Street, Ste. 4 605-342-1147

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Eagle Sales of the Black Hills 1717 Marlin Drive 605-343-2490 EXIT Realty/ The Benchmark Company 302 Main Street 605-716-3948 First American Title Company 801 Mt. Rushmore Road, Ste. 100 605-348-4200 Fish Window Cleaning PO Box 3841 605-717-3474 Fisher Beverage 3636 Seger Drive 605-342-0155 FourFront Design, Inc. 517 Seventh Street 605-342-9470 Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, Ashmore, LLP 506 Sixth Street 605-342-1078 Herrmann Insurance Agencies 821 Mt. Rushmore Road, Ste. B 605-718-2200 Historic Fairmont Creamery Building 201 Main Street, Ste. 300 605-718-7912

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AUTOMOTIVE: ABRA Auto Body & Glass 350 Lacrosse Street 605-348-0026

Creativity abounds at the Dahl Arts Center. Participate in free, family fun during Saturday Art Adventures. Ketel Thorstenson, LLP 810 Quincy Street 605-342-5630

R.C.S. Construction, Inc. 2400 Commerce Road 605-342-3787

Kieffer Sanitation 2426 E. St. Patrick Street 605-342-5575

Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce 444 Mt. Rushmore Road N. 605-343-1744

KT Connections 829 Quincy Street 605-341-3873 MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc. 4440 Universal Drive 605-787-4685

Rensch Law 731 St. Joseph Street 605-341-1210 RESPEC 3824 Jet Drive 605-394-6400

Minnilusa Historical Assoc. 222 New York Street 605-394-6099

Schmid Insurance Agency 815 St. Joseph Street 605-343-0411

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. 718 Steele Avenue 605-355-4016

Scull Construction 803 Industrial Avenue 605-342-2379

North Western Warehouse Company 413 Sixth Street 605-342-1460 NWE Management Co. 314 Founders Park Drive 605-394-3310 Paystubz 2800 Jackson Boulevard, Ste. 408 605-721-2480 Pennington Title Co. 725 Kansas City Street 605-343-5670 Pete Lien & Sons, Inc. 3401 Universal Drive 605-342-7224

SECO Construction, Inc. P.O. Box 2921 605-348-7085 Stanley J. Johnsen Concrete Contractor, Inc. 1671 Rand Road 605-342-7453 Streamline Plumbing 3025 Copperlane Court 605-791-4222 Thurston Properties, LLC 1127 Woodridge Drive 605-390-3428 Wesolick Law Firm 909 St. Joseph Street, Ste. 202 605-721-7665 Western Dakota Insurors 816 Fifth Street 605-342-3130


Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey & Hagg, LLP 601 West Boulevard 605-348-1125 Wyss Associates, Inc. 728 Sixth Street 605-348-2268 FINANCIAL: BankWest 311 Omaha Street 605-399-2265 Black Hills Community Bank 840 Mt. Rushmore Road 605-343-2422 Black Hills Federal Credit Union 225 Main Street 605-718-1818 Dacotah Bank 125 Main Street 605-394-9000 First Interstate Bank 333 West Boulevard 605-348-3322 First National Bank 632 Main Street 605-399-0990 First Western Federal Savings Bank 402 Main Street 605-341-1203 Great Western Bank 14 St. Joseph Street 605-343-9230 Highmark Federal Credit Union 725 Fifth Street 605-716-4444 Kahler Financial Group 1010 Ninth Street 605-343-1400 Nelson Investments 7608 Bluebird Lane 605-787-5717

Pioneer Bank & Trust 2001 W. Omaha Street 605-341-2265 Security First Bank 805 Fifth Street 605-399-2740 U.S. Bank 701 St. Joseph Street 605-394-2000 Wells Fargo Advisors 625 Main Street 605-343-7555 Wells Fargo Bank 825 St. Joseph Street 605-394-3800 Whitesell Financial Group 817 Ninth Street 605-348-1152 FITNESS & HEALTH: Black Hills Surgical Hospital 216 Anamaria Drive 605-721-4700 Carol White’s Personal Fitness Studio 710 St. Joseph Street 605-342-2256 Core Connections 815 St. Joseph Street 605-484-9677 Downtown Dental 623 Quincy Street 605-342-4882 Gotta Dance 412 Oshkosh Street 605-355-5118 Meyer & Dana Orthodontics 2620 Jackson Boulevard 605-343-1500 Precision Eyecare 605 St. Joseph Street 605-341-5644 Regional Health 353 Fairmont Boulevard 605-755-1000

Unlimited Wellness Community 803 St. Joseph Street 605-391-0342 Vision West Eye Care 825 Columbus Street, Ste. E 605-343-4703 YMCA of Rapid City 815 Kansas City Street 605-718-9622 MEDIA & MARKETING: Aux Design Co. 1123 Ninth Street 605-877-1578 Badlands Broadcasting 1711 W. Main Street 605-721-9005 KEVN Black Hills FOX TV 2000 Skyline Drive 605-394-7777 KOTA Radio 518 St. Joseph Street 605-342-2000 Midcontinent Communications 1301 W. Omaha Street, Ste. 106 800-888-1300 Rapid Broadcasting Company 2424 S. Plaza Drive 605-355-0024

The Educational Travel Institute of America bhei.org 605-791-3500 Hills Properties 3213 W. Main Street, #586 605-877-5853 The Hope Center 615 Kansas City Street 605-716-4673 Rapid City Regional Airport 4550 Terminal Road 605-393-9924 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 501 E. Saint Joseph Street 605-394-2511 United Way of the Black Hills 621 Sixth Street, Ste. 100 605-343-5872 VIP Properties 909 St. Joseph Street 605-716-4847 RELIGION: Faith Temple Church 715 Kansas City Street 605-342-4448

Rushmore Media Company 660 Flormann Drive 605-343-6161

First Presbyterian Church 710 Kansas City Street 605-343-6171

Signs Now 1161 Deadwood Avenue, #7 605-721-6465

First United Methodist Church 629 Kansas City Street 605-342-4498

Simpson’s Printing 2410 S. Plaza Drive 605-342-0979 Spizzirri Press 15 E. Chicago Street 605-348-2749

PERSONAL SERVICES: Behrens – Wilson Funeral Home 632 St. Francis Street 605-343-0145

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D.J.S. Rental Properties 617 ½ St. Joseph Street, Ste. 7 605-721-3378

Rapid City Journal 507 Main Street 605-394-8300

Viamedia 1600 Mountain View Road 605-721-2707

Bethany Christian Services 508 Columbus Street 605-343-7196

Watch as water dances along to music while changing color at the interactive fountains at Main Street Square.

Bursch Travel Agency 803 St. Patrick Street 605-342-2700

Black Hills Awards & Engraving 618 St. Joseph Street 605-721-3001

Rimrock Exchange 514 St. Joseph Street 605-342-5373 SALONS & SPAS: AJ’s Wicked Salon & Spa 610 St. Joseph Street 605-791-5898 Black Hills Beauty College 623 St. Joseph Street 605-342-0697 Mystique Edge 318 Mt. Rushmore Road, Ste. E 605-737-0095 Sola Salon Studios 501 Main Street 605-645-3003

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Come see our exciting displays with real fossils: • White River Fossils • Late Cretaceous Marine Reptiles • Several Dinosaurs • Excellent collections of minerals, meteorites, and Fairburn agates - a must see for any rock hound!

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ADVENTURE AWAITS

Hiking Follow over 450 miles of hiking trails in the Black Hills National Forest for the most spectacular views of the area. Harney Peak, at 7,242 feet, is the highest point between the Rocky Mountains and the Alps of France and Switzerland. At

the top, hikers can explore the stone fire tower and witness a magnificent view over the Black Elk Wilderness Area. The approximate seven-mile round-trip hike includes easy to more strenuous terrain and warrants a half-day to finish.

Biking

Whether trekking the trails on foot or riding a bike of the pedal kind, the Black Hills offer endless hours of exploration with a bonus of

breathtaking scenery. The most famous trail, Centennial Trail, also known as Trail No. 89, is a 111-mile route for the more advanced that stretches from Bear Butte State Park (near Sturgis) to the Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs. Another well-known trail is the George S. Mickelson, which encompasses over 100 miles for hiking and horseback riding, and is another popular option for biking. Visitors can jump on the trails at various locations throughout the Hills using one of the 15 trailheads.

Wildlife

Climbing Formations in the Black Hills provide some of the most accessible and challenging climbs that have attracted alpinists from all over the world. Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, the vertical columns of granite called “the Needles” in Custer State Park and the backside of Mount Rushmore, as well as limestone cliffs in the Spearfish Canyon area of the northern Hills offer some of the state’s best for climbers of all different skill levels.

With many diverse species of fowl, from eagles to sparrows, birdwatching can be a fun activity no matter where you are. Large game animals such as elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep and mountain goats roam throughout the Black Hills, too, being spotted up on hillsides or even crossing the street. Buffalo can be seen on land preserves. Various predators often roam the area, including bobcats and mountain lions and other species like coyotes and wolves.


Horseback Riding Experience the Hills like the cowboys did. When taking a horseback ride, you can expect experienced guides to show you the scenery, historic sites and tell you all about the area’s flora and fauna. To maximize

your riding experience, know your abilities and fitness level. The longer the ride, the more your physical fitness will play a role in your enjoyment of the adventure. Don’t forget your camera, and happy trails!

Camping

The Black Hills National Forest has 30 campgrounds with over 682 individual sites, including three horse camps. Daily camping fees range from $6-$23 and stays are limited to 14 days in any one spot. Check with the Forest Service for updated fire restrictions. For those wanting more “comfy” camping, BlackHillsVisitor.com has RV Park information.

Water Sports

The numerous creeks, rivers and lakes scattered amongst the Black Hills are great places to cast your line, break out your swimsuit or launch your boat. Surrounded by lush vegetation and spectacular hills, these pristine sites will satisfy your sense of fun.

Golfing Golf at award-winning courses in the Black Hills. There are 13 courses, offering both nine and eighteen holes, ranging in difficulty. The Black Hills Coupon Book (available at any Common Cents store for $20) includes BOGO golf coupons.

Geocaching

The Black Hills area offers thousands of caches in all varieties of difficulty. The treasure is fun for all ages, and it’s free if you have your own GPS. Visit geocaching.com for cache coordinates and location information.

ATVing With over 600 miles of trails for ATV and UTV riders, enthusiasts can access thousands of acres throughout the Black Hills. Permits are only $20 per week and available online.

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SOUTH DAKOTA’S PREMIER PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Hot Springs, SD I 605-745-6400 I www.hotspringssdgolf.com

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PARK

Custer State Park Custer State Park is a vacation paradise located in the southern Black Hills loaded with picturesque views. This year, the Park is proud to unveil its new Visitor Center located near the State Game Lodge. The new center will offer an array of opportunities that include a large interactive map, 20-foot-tall scale model of the Cathedral Spires, and numerous displays depicting the natural world of the Park. Throughout the center are displays showcasing the park’s 1,300 iconic inhabitants – the free-roaming bison (commonly called buffalo). Additionally, the center includes a 100-seat theater where a new film will immerse visitors into many aspects of the park and encourage them to get out and explore the area on their own. Recreation abounds in the park with a host of waterbased opportunities and miles upon miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails. Park Naturalists lead many programs daily throughout the

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You might encounter a band of friendly burros as you drive on the Wildlife Loop Road.

Temporary entrance licenses are valid for up to seven days and are $20 per vehicle or $10 per motorcycle. Annual park entrance licenses are also available for $30 for the first vehicle and $15 for the second vehicle; all licenses are valid at all SD State Park areas. ACCOMODATIONS

summer, and the four resorts offer activities that include: guided horseback rides, chuckwagon cookouts and jeep tours to the buffalo herds. The buffalo share their home with a wide variety of other wildlife including elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and burros. You’ll spot a number of other smaller critters like prairie dogs and marmots, too. Birders won’t be disappointed either as over 200 species of birds either make the park their home or pass through during migration.

Four historic lodges and nine campgrounds provide a variety of accommodations. You can relax and unwind in a historic lodge room or modern log cabin or camp beneath the stars. EDUCATIONAL Take a guided nature walk led by park naturalists, participate in a canoeing class, or try your luck catching fish. For the kids, the Junior Naturalist Program teaches outdoor learning through handson activities. TRAILS Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or rock climbing, find your adventure along our roads and trails. BUFFALO ROUNDUP

As buffalo cross in front of your vehicle throughout the park, resist the temptation and stay inside your vehicle. These animals are majestic but can cause some major damage.

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The Annual Buffalo Roundup draws thousands of people to Custer State Park every September. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo.


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KEYSTONE SOUTHERN HILLS This term refers to the southern third of the Black Hills National Forest in Custer County. From granite peaks above to the caves below, the diversity of geological and natural wonders in this area will amaze you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY The National Park Service oversees three parks in this area: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument. On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.

DID YOU KNOW? Custer State Park is the largest state park in South Dakota and one of the largest in the U.S.; Harney Peak is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rockies; Crazy Horse Memorial is the largest sculpture in the world; and the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. CHAINSAW CARVINGS Your entire family will have fun at Dahl’s Chainsaw Art in Hill City and Keystone. Stop and see the authentic bears, photo opportunities and thrilling chainsaw performances. Pick out a favorite and bring home a piece of the Black Hills.

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Keystone, Hill City, Custer & Hot Springs Keystone Nestled in a valley within the beautiful Black Hills, at the base of Mount Rushmore National Memorial – three miles away, is the historic mining town of Keystone. In 1927, sculptor Gutzon Borglum, began carving his massive American monument, and by the completion of Mount Rushmore in 1941, 393 thousand tourists came to see the famous carving. A home to nearly 350 people throughout the year, Keystone comes to life with adventure during the summer season. In the Keystone area, you can ride a chairlift and view the gorgeous scenery from high above the treetops, play miniature golf, ride the trails on horseback, take a helicopter ride, pet cute little critters, ride a vintage passenger train to a city nearby, explore a cave, experience gravity gone crazy, see all of our nation’s presidents, notable chiefs and political figures in wax, catch a magic act and get

Enjoy breathtaking views while you experience an aerial adventure through the hills.

lost in a mirror maze. Or make Keystone your home base for day trips to Custer State Park (14 miles), Wind Cave (26 miles), Crazy Horse Memorial (19 miles) and Jewel Cave (36 miles). This community in the Black Hills is a great base camp and hub for millions of visitors each year as they view the monumental sites nearby and is a great stop along the way to your destination of the day.


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The Black Hills Central Railroad Depot is a departure point for one of the oldest operational steam, locomotive-powered, passenger trains in the country.

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Celebrate Keystone’s mining history at the Annual Holy Terror Days in September. Visitors will enjoy a parade, BBQ, auction and more as they acknowledge the town’s beginnings. See artists at work just minutes away from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial at Hill City’s Sculpture in the Hills event taking place June 25 and 26. Custer’s Gold Discovery Days in late July is packed full of events and celebrates the 1874 find near present day Custer that began the legendary gold rush in the Black Hills. Artisans and vendors fill Centennial Park in downtown Hot Springs to sell their handcrafted arts and crafts at the Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival during the last weekend in June. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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• Eatery & 2 Gift Shops • Original Underground 1892 Mine Tour • Mining Museum • 2 Forms of Panning include: Gold Panning beside Battle Creek with Guarantee Gold on site, or Gold Panning in a creek on a claim with Guarantee Gold, Whole Day or 1/2 Day • Geode Cutting • Gem Panning

The Black Hills Most Complete Original Award winning, hands-on historic learning experience for the whole family • Mining Museum is a replica of 1895 mill built on the Big Thunder property. • See a stamp mill, crushers, winches, blacksmith equipment and a display of an original assay office. Past Recipient of the State George S. Mickelson Great Service Award.


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CUSTER – HOT SPRINGS Custer Experience excitement in Custer – the mile-high mountain town located within the Black Hills National Forest. This small community rates as one of the most beautiful areas in the Black Hills, spotted with miles of trails and backcountry roads left behind by early pioneers, ranchers and loggers. When you stay in Custer you are minutes from the best climbs, trails and family fun of the Black Hills. Custer, located on the edge of Custer State Park, offers travelers unique lodging, dining and shopping opportunities, as well as unlimited family fun. Adventure seekers love Custer because of its close location to some of the best hiking, biking and horseback riding trails in the Black Hills. In no time at all, you

Locally constructed by pioneering craftsmen, the sandstone structures in Hot Springs give it a distinct appearance and set it apart from any other community in the Black Hills.

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Scattered throughout the town of Custer, you will see beautiful creations from modern horse sculptures to hand-painted buffalo adorning the streets.

can be scaling a granite needle, hiking to the top of the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains, or heading off-road for a real wilderness adventure. Keep the exploration going when you visit the nearby attractions of Crazy Horse Memorial just four miles north and Custer State Park five miles to the east.

Hot Springs First called Minnekahta (hot waters) by the Lakota Sioux, Hot Springs is known as the southern gateway to the Black Hills. Hot Springs is home to the largest Columbian mammoth exhibit and so much more. Watch hundreds of horses run across thousands of acres of land, visit the pioneer era and tour one of the longest caves in the world. Play 18-holes on one of South Dakota’s premiere public golf courses and dive into the warm, healing, mineral waters at Evans Plunge. With easy access to the area’s greatest attractions, soothing natural warm water springs, great yearround weather, distinct sandstone architecture and fantastic outdoors activities you’re going to love the one-of-a-kind experiences Hot Springs has to offer.


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NATIONAL LANDMARK

The Mammoth Site For centuries the bones lay buried until discovered by chance in 1974. While excavating for a housing development, earth-moving equipment exposed one of South Dakotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest treasures. The site was found to contain the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth bones discovered in the world. Fortunately, through the work of local citizens, The Mammoth Site was preserved and in 1980 was added to the list of National Natural Landmarks. Today it is a working museum, laboratory and research facility where paleontologists and volunteers excavate and preserve these

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See the full-sized replica of a mammoth skeleton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lovingly referred to as Sinbad.

The Learning Center at The Mammoth Site opened April of 2015 and includes: two 53-seat theaters, a 10-minute HD introductory video and universally accessible walkways that allow visitors a close-up view of the fossils. Guided tours now have a wireless Tour Guide system enabling visitors more access and a clear digital sound.

historic relics. At least 61 mammoths have been discovered here, along with the remains of a Giant short-faced bear, camel, llama and numerous invertebrates.

TOURS INCLUDE After the 10-minute introduction video and a 30-minute guided tour, stroll around the dig area at your own pace. Then, explore the Ice Age Exhibit Hall featuring a working lab, full size replicas of mammoths, short videos on geology and site history. SPECIAL PROGRAM

Now enclosed and protected by a climate-controlled building, the sinkhole and exhibit of mammoth bones attracts visitors year round. The bones are on show as they were discovered, in the now dry pond sediments for an in situ museum exhibit.

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If you are looking for a different adventure, The Mammoth Site now has The Mammoth Site Excavation and Preservation Program. Visit mammothsite.org or call (605) 745-6017 for more information about these programs.


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n June 3, 1948, a group of people gathered near Crazy Horse Mountain, previously known as Thunderhead Mountain, to witness the first blast and mark the beginning of a Dream that would span multiple generations. Among those attending were five of the nine remaining survivors of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and then South Dakota Governor George T. Mickelson. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski had been asked by Chief Henry Standing Bear through written correspondence to come to the sacred Paha Sapa (Black Hills) and carve a memorial honoring Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, who was 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 $174. Labor-intensive tasks included single-jacking (handdrilling) holes for the dedication blast and others that followed. Later, he built a 741-step staircase–climbing it several times daily; often to restart


Oglala artist, Orville Francis Salway, Paha Ska painted the tipi in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® with images depicting the vision of the Lakota Holy Man, Black Elk.

“Buda”, the air compressor at the bottom that powered his drill. Despite weather patterns that could make work difficult, Korczak continued the monumental endeavor year-round. Family legacy From the beginning, Ruth (Ross) Ziolkowski supported Korczak in the realization of the Dream and assisted in multiple facets. The two even went to the extent of outlining the sculpture on the Mountain with 6-foot-wide white lines, using 164 gallons of paint, to help visitors envision the future. With Mountain measurements and binoculars in hand, Ruth directed by radio from the Visitor Center while Korczak dangled from rope painting on the Mountain nearly one mile away. Ruth and Korczak were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1950 and started a family at Crazy Horse which totaled ten children by the mid-1960s.

The children contributed to the progressing Dream; the boys helped Korczak on the Mountain and the girls assisted Ruth in the Visitor Complex and “around the house.” Still today, many Ziolkowski family members carry on the family legacy. Following Korczak’s death on October 20, 1982, Ruth made the well-thought decision to shift focus to Crazy Horse’s Face, a profile that would be visible proof of continuation. This effort to show the world was a success, marked by the dedication of Crazy Horse’s finished Face on June 3, 1998. This was one of many milestones that took place as Ruth carried on the leadership role. She remained heavily involved in all aspects until her death May 21, 2014. Today, the Dream is still embedded in those who remain at Crazy Horse including a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, two of Korczak and Ruth’s daughters serving as CEOs and many dedicated skilled professionals.

WHERE Located north of Custer at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial is hard to miss as you are driving along Highway 16/385. DON’T MISS INSIDE Inside the 40,000-squarefoot Welcome Center is where the storytelling begins. Two theaters show the must-see “Dynamite & Dreams” 20-minute video.  he Indian Museum of T North America®, the visitor complex and the scale models. The new Mountain Carving Room that focuses on the mountain carving.  he Native American T Educational & Cultural Center®, where American Indian artists and artisans create their work and visit with the guests. 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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Current progress The current Carving focus is on Crazy Horse’s Hand and the Horse’s Mane area. Rock removal in this delicate area is labor intensive; in many ways similar to work on Crazy Horse’s Face. This involves a great deal of drilling, and a process referred to as “feathers and wedges” to remove rows of blocks. For safety and to protect the integrity of the rock below, the blocks are lifted, most often with the Manitou 3255 rotating telehandler, into a truck to be hauled off the Mountain. This process is visible from the Viewing Veranda at the Visitor Complex ¾ mile away. In 2015, the Mountain Crew was able to remove 170 tons of rock from Crazy Horse’s Hand and the Horse’s Mane areas. The finished sculpture underneath (the finish grade) in these work areas ranges in depth, only one foot beneath the rock surface in some areas. A look at the future The future of Crazy Horse Mountain is exciting and challenging. Additional talent is being added through the hiring of Mountain Crew members, as well as training and skills the Mountain Crew continually acquires. As rock is removed, the Crew will face new challenges in accessing locations with tools and equipment. Future plans include a second crew that will work on part of Crazy Horse’s Hair, Shoulder and Elbow. While work is mainly focused on Crazy Horse’s Hand and the Horse’s Mane area, blocking-out the sculpture has progressed to the -340’ and -360’ benches. Benches, measured in 20-foot increments starting from the top of Crazy Horse’s Head, are the “step-like” segments visible from the Visitor Center. Blasting is most common in this phase of rock removal. In all the effort over the years, the man, Crazy Horse has been steadily emerging in stone. As though in response to the question he was once asked by a white trader, “Where are your lands now?” firmly Crazy Horse answers visually in stone with his original response, “My lands are where my dead lie buried.” 104

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DEADWOOD NORTHERN HILLS This term refers to the northern portion of the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, which includes these five towns. Along with scenic byways, the area includes a 100-mile long hiking trail (Centennial Trail) and a 110-mile long biking, hiking and horseback trail (Mickelson Trail). MUSEUMS & EXHIBITS Tour to discover what early South Dakota life was like. Deadwood Adams Museum Days of ’76 Museum Historic Adams House Tatanka Story of the Bison Lead Homestake Visitor Center Spearfish High Plains Western Heritage Center Belle Fourche Tri-State Museum

TASTE AND SHOP Try South Dakota wines in local winery tasting rooms and sample the locally made, handdipped chocolates. Enjoy browsing the retail outlets, boutiques and antique stores. WINTER SPORTS Near Deadwood and Lead there are over 300 miles of snowmobile trails, groomed and ungroomed cross-country ski trails and two downhill ski resorts – Terry Peak and Ski Mystic Deer Mountain.

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Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, Spearfish & Belle Fourche Deadwood The legendary image of Deadwood as a Wild West boomtown has been well established in books, television shows and movies. Classic characters such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock are all part of Deadwood’s rich and varied history as a rowdy mining camp. Today, you can visit the streets as they once were and strike it rich like thousands of prospectors had long ago. Relive the history Museums and historic landmarks come to life in Deadwood. Here families can see artifacts and displays of the rich heritage the town possesses. Begin a self-guided walking tour at the Visitor Center that has been renovated in the old train depot that will take you to the Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, The Historic Adams House and beyond. See the Mount Moriah Cemetery that

Entertainment is the gem of Deadwood, complete with countless parades and festivals throughout the year.

serves as the resting place for western outlaws, and learn how Deadwood went from a lawless gold camp to a modern-day restoration project and everything else in between. The easiest way to see all of Deadwood is a guided tour. Watch as history comes to life right in front of your eyes on a narrated trolley or bus tour of this Wild West Town. Experience the lifelike reenactments of the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok held inside the Saloon


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DEADWOOD See how the west was really won when you play in one of the historic gaming halls of Deadwood. Experience world-class gaming facilities that have 24/7 gaming, $1,000 bet limits and limitless fun.

Preservation efforts After a devastating fire downtown nearly destroyed the local economy in 1879, the community was struggling to survive. In 1989, South Dakota passed a constitutional amendment to allow limited-stakes gambling in Deadwood–keeping in theme with its old-west history. Gaming revenue has enabled Deadwood’s historic preservation efforts, revitalizing the town and renovating buildings, which house hotels and casinos. Limited stakes When the constitutional amendment allowing limited-stakes gambling in Deadwood was passed, there were only two other places in America where gambling was legal: Nevada and Atlantic City. The law authorizing gambling in Deadwood mandated that a significant portion of the revenue would be 108

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earmarked for historic preservation efforts. The city’s casinos now bring in over $100 million in gross receipts every year, with over $7 million annually funneled into renovation of historic buildings and restoration of the city infrastructure. The state estimates that gaming in the city has created over 2,000 jobs. In addition, Deadwood’s gambling revenue is used to fund grants for historic preservation projects throughout the state.

Historic preservation Today, the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has established architectural guidelines for the downtown district, ensuring that building and renovation projects do not jeopardize the city’s status as a historic landmark. Deadwood bears little resemblance to the rowdy mining town it once was. Well over two million people annually visit this historic city, which has been restored to reflect its oldwest character. Play the latest slots, or try your luck at one of the live Blackjack, poker and Texas Hold’em tables. Now there are more ways to win with Roulette, Keno and Craps, which were added just last year.


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“It’s Wheeregins!” Deadwood B Enjoy a mother lode of Gold Rush History with this onehour, narrated sightseeing tour of Historic Deadwood and Mt. Moriah, our famous Boot Hill. Includes a visit to the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

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After Horatio N. Ross – a civilian prospector – found the first public traces of gold in French Creek in 1874, the town of Custer became the site of one of the major encampments of the Black Hills Expedition. Growing the population to 10,000 people, Custer was the first town in the Black Hills established in 1875, named after the infamous Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, which lead the way to the Black Hills Gold Rush. After a gold strike in a nearby town was discovered, the town dwindled to a mere 123 people.

Deadwood 1874

The legendary reputation of Deadwood got its start in 1874 as a rowdy camp after the discovery of gold in the area. In 1876, miners moved into the northern Black Hills where a gold strike was found in a gulch of dead trees; and the town of Deadwood was born. By the end of the 19th century the entire surface gold collection had played out. A hundred years after its peak population of an estimated 20,000, the city had dwindled to a low of 2,035.

Hill City 1876

As the gold rush continued in early 1876, a group of miners staked their claim along Spring Creek. This scenic area came to be known as Hillyo, later renamed to Hill City. After discovery in the northern Hills became more prevalent, the population dwindled immensely.

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Lead was founded in early 1876, and was known to be more civilized than its sister city of Deadwood down the gulch. A year later in 1877, a group of investors led by George Hearst purchased the Homestake Gold Mine. Under Hearst’s direction, the mine became the quintessential company in town, and continued that way for over 100 years – in its life producing over forty million ounces of gold, valuing over a billion dollars. After closing in 2002, Homestake Gold Mine is still seen as the oldest, largest, and deepest mine in the Western Hemisphere reaching more than 8,000 feet below the town of Lead, operating for over 125 years.

1875 Miners began to flood present-day Keystone in 1875 when gold was discovered in Battle Creek. Harney City became home to nearly 300 miners who made millions of dollars panning the streams and gravel beds. Gold mining gave the town its name in 1891 as the Keystone Gold Mine was founded. The mine and its sister–the Holy Terror–were two of the top producing gold mines within the United States in the late 19th century.

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Adams Museum

Explore Deadwood’s past and larger-than-life legends at the Black Hills’ oldest history museum.

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Days of ‘76 Museum

The Black Hills’ newest museum commemorates the history of the renowned Days of ‘76 Celebration and Rodeo, and features rare American Indian artifacts.

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Historic Adams House

This meticulously restored 1892 Victorian mansion includes original furnishings and features the stories of two of Deadwood’s founding families.

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Mount Moriah Cemetery

Visit one of America’s most famous western cemeteries and the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

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LEAD – BELLE FOURCHE Tour the historic town of Lead and the Homestake Gold Mine’s underground and surface operations. The Homestake Visitor Center offers free viewing of the historic 1876 Open Cut mining area, artifacts, an informational mining video, historic and educational memorabilia and a gift shop.

Lead Known as America’s famous mining town, Lead (leed) was founded in 1876 after the discovery of gold had the Black Hills booming. Today, Lead still stands perched high in the Hills on steep inclines above Deadwood. Walk the streets of a quaint downtown district, step into the world of arts at the Historic Homestake Opera House and take a look into the mining history that created the community at the Homestake Visitor Center where visitors can look over the historic Open Cut and the original 1876 claim. Lead is also home to the Sanford Underground Laboratory where many sensitive physics experiments are conducted 4,850 feet below ground. Lead is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream filled with hundreds of trails for

hiking, biking, climbing, ATVing and so much more. Visit in the winter and Lead turns into a wonderland covered in hundreds of inches of snow creating even more fun with ski resorts, countless snowmobiling trails and cross-country skiing paths.

In 1959, after Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the union, the National Geodetic Survey officially designated a point twenty miles north of Belle Fourche the geographic center of the United States.

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Belle Fourche Nestled in the northern Black Hills at a ‘Beautiful Fork’ in the river is Belle Fourche (Bell Foosh)–noted for being the geographic Center of the Nation. Marked by a locally designed granite monument, the sight of the compass rose and path of flags is a great introduction to the town. Visitors enjoy all the history and events Belle Fourche has to offer, too. Start with the Tri-State Museum, which focuses on the area’s early pioneers and the old-west history of the Hills. Then, head to the Center of the Nation All Car Rally if you are here in mid-June. Visitors from a 12-state area will put nearly 200 antique cars, trucks and hot rods on display making any car enthusiast’s dream come true.


Free Visitor Center Daily Guided Tours + Historical Photographs + View of the 1,200 foot Open Cut + 3-D Model of underground mine + Surface Tours of Sanford Lab and the City of Lead

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We were a destination for cattle kings of long ago – and we’re still a terrific, historic place to visit. You’ll find us smack-dab in the Center of the Nation. Saddle up and ride in for a visit! • Center of the Nation monument • 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin • Museum on early pioneers, old west and rodeo history • Hands-on activities for kids • Back deck and spacious lawns – perfect for picnics

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SPEARFISH But car rallies aren’t the only thing bringing visitors to Belle Fourche. The annual Black Hills Rodeo and Roundup brings top-ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls from around the world to compete in traditional events.

Spearfish Standing as the secondlargest community in the Black Hills, Spearfish is home to 11 thousand residents year-round and five thousand students who attend Black Hills State University–the state’s first educational institute known for education and business. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or would rather enjoy the leisurely pace of downtown strolling, Spearfish has something for everyone. This community’s unmatched combination of exquisite scenery, boundless outdoor adventure and firstrate accommodations make it the perfect destination to visit this season.

The Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon are considered one of the most beautiful locations in the Black Hills.

Start your day off with breakfast at a local café or diner then make your way downtown, visiting boutiques from home furnishing stores to retail and antiques. Stop for some ice cream and snacks then make your way to the canyon. It’s very common to see people rock climbing, biking along the designated bike paths or fly-fishing in Spearfish Creek. Take a drive through Spearfish Canyon’s winding roads filled with breathtaking

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views of streams amongst thousand-foot walls and waterfalls. The canyon features countless trails and opportunities to scale the nearby trailheads including the ’76 Trail and Roughlock Falls, as well as local favorites like Devil’s Bathtub, Community Caves and Eleventh Hour Gulch. Grab lunch to go and enjoy your meal in one of the town’s 26 developed parks, pocket parks, dog parks and sport field areas; then, you’re off to your next adventure. Spearfish is a short hour’s drive to many monumental sites and memorials including Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. After a full day of fun adventures, kick back at a local restaurant and enjoy everything from steakhouses and breweries to Italian and Mexican cuisine. Then, dive into nightlife with concerts, festivals and numerous events happening throughout the season.


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STURGIS Sturgis Founded in 1876, Sturgis was named after Fort Meade commander Major Samuel D. Sturgis. Fort Meade was a nearby cavalry post established to protect those who were flocking to the Black Hills after the discovery of gold, and later became the home for the 7th Cavalry after the massacre at Little Bighorn. Fort Meade was an active military post until the end of World War II and is now a Veterans Care and Rehabilitation Complex. A museum in the former commanding officer’s headquarters commemorates its history. Today, Sturgis is defined by its duality. Serving as both a mountain town and a ranch community, it is nestled at the base of the northeastern Black Hills. All summer, Sturgis is a destination for riders from all over the country. Sturgis is a typical small

Beginning the first full week in August, Sturgis comes alive with more than half a million people enjoying concerts, races and the biggest names in custom bikes and motorcycle accessories.

town of about 6,800 people. But, for one outrageous week in August, hundreds of thousands of bikers and vendors from all over the world descend on Sturgis— making it one of the most famous motorcycle rallies in North America. What started in 1938 as a dirt track motorcycle race has evolved into South Dakota’s largest

Mato Paha “Bear Mountain” is the name given to the sacred site of Bear Butte State Park outside of Sturgis by the Lakota. The park is still important in American Indian ceremonies and offers great hikes for visitors.

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tourism event and has spread throughout the entire Black Hills, keeping its focus in Sturgis. As the month continues, sports cars fill the streets in late August and early September for the annual Sturgis Mustang Rally. Riders of this event enjoy the everlasting entertainment that includes autocross, drag racing, burnouts, auctions and more. But events aren’t the only thing the city of riders is known for. Their industrial park is home to some of the premiere gun makers and ammunition manufacturers in the nation. Sturgis has a great deal to offer its visitors, and you can explore it all. Discover a historic city rich in the tradition of legendary riders, from horses and covered wagons to motorcycles and mustangs, alike.


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INTERSTATE 90 The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world with its striking 244 thousand acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires.

SOUTH DAKOTA MILEPOSTS ALONG I-90:

South Dakota to Wyoming It doesn’t matter if you are heading to the Black Hills or from them, countless one-ofa-kind sites and experiences await you and your family along Interstate 90 in South Dakota and Wyoming. Follow along the mile markers from eastern South Dakota into Rapid City and the Black Hills, and then into Wyoming through the cities of Gillette, Buffalo and Sheridan. Along the route you will pass through the Bighorn Mountains, and take a route into Yellowstone National Park.

a view of all the falls, walk out over the the water and eat at the cafe overlooking the falls.

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•3  99 to 396 Sioux Falls: lodging, dining, shopping, museums and attractions •3  35 to SD 38 E to SD 25 N DeSmet: Laura’s Ingalls Wilder Homestead •3  32 to 330 Mitchell: The World’s Only Corn Palace, dining, lodging • 265 to 263 Chamberlain: between exits is the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. “Re-live” Lewis and Clark’s journey with interpretive panels that explain the Corps traveling adventures through present day South Dakota. This is a great place to get out and stretch and enjoy the nice views of the Missouri River, too. • 260 Oacoma: Al’s Oasis and Cedar Shores Resort • 212 to US 83 N, SD 53 Pierre: South Dakota’s state capital • 191 to 192 Murdo: Pioneer Auto Show features more than 250 antique classic cars • 131 Cactus Flats: Badlands National Park northeast entrance, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center • 110 to 109 Wall: Wall Drug Store, National Grasslands Visitor Center • 67B South Dakota Air and Space Museum • 67A Box Elder: Ellsworth Air Force Base Main Gate • 61-52 Rapid City: lodging, dining, shopping, museums and attractions


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Near Kadoka, to the south as you follow I-90 through western South Dakota, the Badlands appear. Interstate Exit 131 is the east entrance into Badlands National Park and the Visitor Center of Minuteman Missle Site. When you reach Wall, via I-90 or Highway 244, look to the west and view the Black Hills on the distant horizon. Wall Drug is where you will find everything from souvenir shops to a giant animated T-Rex and plenty of space for the kids to unwind after a long day on the road. Stop by the Western Art Gallery Restaurant for their famous homemade donuts, bison burgers and five-cent coffee. The best part: admission is free, as is the ice water–a perk plastered on billboards that has brought in visitors since the 1930s. Rapid City, the second largest city in South Dakota, has something for everyone. With fine restaurants, unparalleled shopping–including the recently opened Rushmore Crossing–festivals and special events, recreation and entertainment come together in the city in new and unforgettable ways. The city serves as the eastern gateway to the Black Hills.

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INTERSTATE 90 From Rapid City through the foothills of the Black Hills to Sturgis, Whitewood, and Spearfish and into the Bear Lodge Mountains as you near Sundance, Wyoming, you are traveling in an area revered in Lakota Sioux myth as “the Racetrack.” While Lakota speedsters were animals, speed today is provided by highway and rail traffic in this busy corridor. 90 percent of the Black Hills is in South Dakota, the Black Hills National Forest does continue 10 to 40 miles beyond the South Dakota border into Wyoming. Interstate 90 stretches just over 208 miles across Wyoming. West of Sundance, look to the north for occasional glimpses of Devils Tower across the rolling hills and high plains as you near Moorcroft. More natural wonders envelop the senses in Wyoming where Interstate 90 glides over the plains and rolling foothills of the Cowboy State between Gillette and Sheridan. Once known as the “Valley of the Chiefs” by the Plains Indians,

Old Faithful is one of the most predictable features on Earth, erupting every 35 to 120 minutes.

Sheridan and its surrounding area are home to historic sites and museums, as well as contemporary Western and Native American art galleries. At Ranchester (11 miles north of Sheridan), take scenic US Highway 14 over the Bighorn Range and through Shell Canyon to historic Cody. This part of Wyoming is where Buffalo Bill Cody, the original Western experience, and its diverse cultures are celebrated. Vistas are spectacular, and opportunities for recreation and entertainment abound. Cody is the eastern gateway to the geological wonders of our nation’s first established National Park—Yellowstone.

•3  0 Sturgis: Bear Butte State Park, Old Ft. Meade •1  7 to US 85 S: Deadwood, Lead, gaming and museums •1  4 Spearfish to US 14A: The town of Spearfish, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway • 10 Belle Fourche to US 85 N: Center of the Nation, Tri-State Museum • 1 South Dakota Visitor Center and rest stop WYOMING MILEPOSTS ALONG I-90: •2  05 Beulah: Vore Buffalo Jump • 199 to WYO 111 to Aladdin: Devils Tower • 185-187 Sundance to US 14: Devils Tower • 153 Moorcroft • 124-128 Gillette: Lodging, dining, shopping, historic sites • 56A-56B Buffalo to US 16 to Cody: Yellowstone National Park • 20-25 Sheridan: Lodging, dining, shopping, historic sites • 9 Ranchester to US 14 to Cody: Yellowstone National Park

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CAVES AND MINES Throughout the Black Hills, there are many caves that give guided tours to visitors led by knowledgeable staff taking you back to the days of mining and underground exploration.

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Underground Adventures Limestone is a soluble rock that encircles the Black Hills. For hundreds of thousands of years, water has worked like a chisel to create these underground masterpieces and miles of passageways. The limestone caves of this area are among the deepest and longest in the world and contain some the most unusual formations geologists have ever seen. Of the earth’s 72 known calcite crystal caves, 68 can be found in the Black Hills. These caves have translucent calcite crystal deposits, creating a gemstone appearance. Each cave features distinctly different formations including stalactites, stalagmites, columns, spiraling helictites, frostwork, cave popcorn and a rare boxwork formation. 130

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Experienced spelunkers are still finding and mapping unexplored areas of the bigger caves to this day. Within a short span of time you are taken into a different world where dripping water, sparkling crystals and illuminated passages reveal the wonders of the Black Hills—underground. Visitors can also tour the underground shafts of nonworking gold mines in the Black Hills. Several gold mines offer guided tours to the public where you can see the actual stamp mill, crushers and other mining equipment. These educational tours explain the mining processes used during the gold rush days of the late 1800s. Some of the mines teach gold panning techniques and visitors get to keep the gold they pan.

•W  ear comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles, as guided tours usually require a half-mile walk on uneven surfaces. •T  ours have lit walkways, but some involve climbing up and down stairs or crawling through tight passageways. •N  o food, drinks or pets are allowed. SOUTH DAKOTA CAVES All of South Dakota’s limestone caves are found in or near the Black Hills. This is the only part of the state where limestone is found at the surface. WORLDLY RECORDS Two caves, noticed as National Parks, are some of the longest caves in the world. Jewel Cave National Monument is the third longest cave with 180 miles of passageways, while Wind Cave National Park is the sixth longest cave in the world with 140 miles of cooridors covered with crystals. CAVE RESIDENTS Kept at a remarkably constant temperature, many caves in the Black Hills are home to a variety of animals, including bats. Although they have a bad reputation, bats are welcomed in the area, as they are important predators of insects.


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HISTORY MUSEUMS

Dinosaurs, Planes & More When you choose to visit the many Black Hills museums, you will find exhibits focusing on the area’s rich history, unique fossil displays of mammoths and dinosaurs, collections of minerals and meteorites, aviation exhibits, U.S. Presidents and much more. Review the ad for each museum and visit those that pique your interest. Kids will

find something wonderful at each museum, and they just might learn something–but they will be too busy having fun to notice. Give yourself plenty of time when exploring one of our museums, though–each one has so much to offer; it’s easy to get lost in the stories, artifacts, interactive exhibits and artwork.

NORTHERN HILLS Tri-State Museum (p115) Belle Fourche Adams Museum (p113) Deadwood Days of ’76 Museum (p113) Deadwood Historic Adams House (p113) Deadwood Tatanka Story of the Bison (p111) Deadwood High Plains Western Heritage Center (p118) Spearfish

RAPID CITY Founding Fathers (p19) Museum of Geology SD School of Mines (p87) South Dakota Air and Space Museum (p17) Ellsworth AFB

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SOUTHERN HILLS Indian Museum of North America (p105) Crazy Horse Memorial National Museum of Woodcarving (p99) Custer Mammoth Site (p101) Hot Springs Big Thunder Gold Mine (p96) Keystone National Presidential Wax Museum (p97) Keystone


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honored as the best in the nation. Each rodeo is a serious competition, but big on family fun, too. So, round up the family, pull on your boots and head out to the rodeo for an experience everyone will be talking about for a lifetime.

Deadwood is the home to the Days of ’76 Rodeo, named the PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year since 2004.

RODEO EVENTS Legendary Hart Ranch Rodeo May 22-24 Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo June 19-21 Pennington County 4-H Rodeo, Wall June 20 SDHS Rodeo Finals Belle Fourche June 23-27 95th Annual Black Hills Roundup, Belle Fourche July 3-6 Wall Celebration July 4-6 Butte Co. 4-H Rodeo Belle Fourche July 12 Days of ’76 Rodeo Deadwood July 21-26 Tucker Day Rodeo, Hill City August 9 Legendary Hart Ranch Rodeo August 14-16 Central States Fair Rapid City August 14-23


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FREE FUN IN RAPID CITY DINOSAUR PARK F-5 940 Skyline Dr. West off Quincy St. Seven life-sized concrete replicas of prehistoric reptiles inhabit the park. Built in the early 1930s. The drive up offers a marvelous overview of the city and surrounding area.

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STAVKIRKE CHAPEL B-8 Chapel in the Hills is located at 3788 Chapel Lane Dr. off Hwy. 44 West. Built in 1969 as a replica of the famous 850-year-old Stavkirke in Laerdal, Norway. Intricate woodcarvings, dragon’s heads, and ingenious pegged construction. Open May 1-Sept. 30 at 8 a.m. until sunset. 3

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DAHL ARTS CENTER G-5 713 7th St. Largest arts center in Western South Dakota with five art galleries, children’s interactive gallery, and the 191-foot Cyclorama Mural of American history. Gift shop features local and regional artists. Free music every Friday 5:30 – 7pm. Always free admission.

APEX GALLERY 500 E. St. Joseph, Classroom Building of SD School of Mines & Technology campus. Gallery features a challenging educational art and science exhibit rotated every four to six weeks. Personnel are available to answer questions. Guided tours may be arranged. Open during the school year: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

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Scenic Drives Wind your way through the Spearfish Canyon to see waterfalls and flowing streams and the Needles Highway full of granite spires found in Custer State Park. Then, drive past hills covered in trees in Vanocker Canyon outside of Rapid City and Boulder Canyon between Sturgis and Deadwood. For wide-open spaces and views of one-of-a-kind formations, add the Badlands Loop and SD Hwy 34 to WY Hwy 24 (Belle Fourche to Devil’s Tower) to your list.

The famous 1880 Train provides the opportunity to experience train travel as it was a century ago. The Railroad Depots in Hill City and Keystone are departure points for one of the oldest operational steam-powered passenger trains in the country. Feel the rumble of a locomotive and hear the lonesome whine of the train’s whistle as you experience a ride through the scenic Hills.

Rentals

A Biker’s Paradise Whether you are an enthusiast or an admirer, the Black Hills are a biker’s paradise. Filled with rallies for every kind of motor-operated bike, riders will enjoy their time at races, shows, concerts, and more at Supermoto, the 3 Wheeler Rally and BTW National Trike-In and – of course – the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Some of the most beautiful drives in America can be found in the Black Hills, and there is no better way to experience the scenic paradise than riding a motorcycle or an ATV/UTV. Indian Motorcycle Sturgis offers rentals including motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and Slingshots. Whether you are winding through the scenic byways or taking the backroads through hundreds of miles of trails, you’re going to love the outdoor adventure that awaits.

Rally for Everyone Car enthusiasts from all over the nation come to the Black Hills every year to share their love of automotive builds across models over the decades – the only difference between them is the weekend their rally is held in the Black Hills. From the classics to current models, Cruisers, Corvettes, Studebakers, Mustangs and more will call the Hills their home for part of this summer.


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• 250 seat restaurant featuring HOMEMADE PIE, salad bar/ seasonal buffet, prime rib, buffalo burgers, bar and 5 cent coffee • Clothing and Gift Shop • Large supermarket with in store bakery and deli • Oasis Inn and Riverside Cabins • Oasis Inn reservations call 800-635-3559 • C-Store

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Black Hills Visitor Magazine - Spring/Summer 2016