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BHVISITOR SUMMER 2017

GOING MY WAY? THE BEST IN BLACK HILLS EXPERIENCES FOOD & DRINK • ATTRACTIONS • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES SHOPPING • EVENTS • MAPS • LOCAL TIPS • COUPONS


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contents Travel Tools 8 Welcome & Tips 16 Advertiser Index 20 Calendar of Events 26 Shopping 30 Eat & Drink 36 Dining Guide 130 Coupons & Featured Attractions In Brief 16 Black Hills Experience 88 Outdoor Adventures 114 Gold Rush History

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Features 82 A Sense of Place 86 On the Water 90 Custer State Park 92 Mount Rushmore 102 Crazy Horse Memorial 106 The Mammoth Site Maps 10 Black Hills Overview 46 Rapid City Overview 58 Rapid City Downtown 4

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Publisher Rick DenHerder General Manager David Schmalz Account Managers Cody Schreiber Rory Stone Marketing Strategist Liz Sagaser Executive Assistant Kristen Begeman

contents, con’t Explore by Area 42 Rapid City 49-80 Rapid City Downtown 96 Keystone 97 Hill City 101 Custer 101 Hot Springs 108 Deadwood 116 Lead 116 Belle Fourche 120 Spearfish 123 Sturgis 126 South Dakota to Wyoming The Inside Scoop 132 Underground Adventures 134 Dinosaurs, Planes, & More 136 Rodeo—Our State Sport 138 12 Free Attractions 142 Day Trips 144 The Great 8

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© 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 TravelSouthDakota.com: 8, 12, 13, 16, 17, 43, 82, 88, 89, 90, 96, 101, 109, 112, 116, 120, 126, 132, 134, 140, 142 & 144.


WELCOME & TIPS

Welcome to the Black Hills! You are one of the nearly three million people who annually tour the Black Hills —one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. Tourism expert Roger Brooks once said that our area has more to see and do than any other American location he had studied. We are sure you’ll agree. Many visitors are drawn here by history, and come to view several of America’s most iconic landmarks—from our country’s first National Monument to colossal, crosscultural stone carvings. You can meet both Native American heroes and the pioneering founders of the United States at Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore. Learn more by touring the downtown streets of Rapid City to view bronze presidential statues. And let’s not forget the breathtaking setting all around us—the National Parks System celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, and we live in one. Take the opportunity to explore, hike, fish, climb, swim—or ride. In August, the Black Hills welcomes the return of bikers from around the world, with the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The weeklong event transforms a small cow town into the nation’s motorcycle Mecca. As many as 737,000 have attended in one season. 8

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RESTAURANT GUIDE Satisfy your hunger at restaurants, delis, and hometown diners found on pages 36-40. 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. Check the calendar on page 20 and have fun. TRAVEL TIPS

Whether you’re here with your motorcycle, bicycle, camping gear, or just a good book, Black Hills Visitor is pleased to be your guide to Rapid City and the surrounding area. Experience culture, art, local wine and beer, dining, outdoor adventures—and shopping. Inside these pages you’ll find some amazingly helpful travel tools—the Dining Guide (pages 36-40), 45 coupons (pages 130-143), area maps, and hints about our favorite activities. Discover, relax, or tour—with Visitor. Have fun exploring our Black Hills; we hope you enjoy your stay. The staff at Black Hills Visitor Magazine

Unless you’re on one of our famous scenic drives, minimize road time between adventures. Plan your days with activities in the same general area—north or south, but not both on the same day. Also, find your hotel on the Rapid City map on page 46 and plan your route around town. Check the downtown Rapid City map on page 58, which gives you a close-up of the historic district. LOCAL TERMS In conversation and in the media, it’s common to hear the Black Hills split into the “Northern Hills” and “Southern Hills”— where Hill City, Keystone, and Custer are “Central.” Rapid City is commonly referred to simply as “Rapid.” Go ahead—act like a local; everyone will know what you mean.


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Mount Rushmore

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My Gr andma went to South Dakota, AND LOOK WHAT SHE GOT ME! Located in Downtown Rapid City, Kicks & Giggles baby boutique is your destination in the Black Hills for all things baby: apparel (nb to 5t), furniture, toys, gear and gifts for the little ones you cherish.

DIAMOND VOGEL

4th St

3rd St

THE LITTLE PRINT SHOP

Main St

Saint Joseph St

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National Treasures

Wet and Wild A variety of water adventures can be found throughout the Black Hills. Enjoy our lakes and reservoirs—several are featured on page 86—where you can fish, swim, boat, hike, and camp. Or cool off at the pool, slip down a waterslide, or float through a lazy river at one of the Black Hills waterparks, which include Spearfish’s Rec and Aquatic Center and Rapid City’s Watiki. We even have a mineral spring at Evans Plunge in Hot Springs, which features everything from slides to soothing soaks.

It’s no secret: millions from all over the world come to the Black Hills to visit iconic monuments and memorials. Start with Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials, and then broaden your vacation storytelling with the Center of the Nation, Bear Butte, Black Elk Peak, and Wyoming’s Devils Tower.

Just Plain Good Fun Whether or not you have the kids with you, take a light-hearted break. Find your way through the Black Hills Maze, or cruise around the race track at Flags & Wheels. Whether you find yourself on a zipline or playing miniature golf, explore dozens of kid-friendly attractions. Themes vary from science to mining to speed to good-old chillin’. 12

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Animal Craze Get up close with alligators at Reptile Gardens, then take a drive through Bear Country USA—with a finale 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 136).


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 for you!

Showtime 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 15-16 in Rapid City’s Memorial Park.

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. (See our list is on page 134). Did we mention that 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.

Event Line Up The Black Hills are full of events—especially in Hill City and at 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 and enjoy a picnic. In the Hills, choose a trail. In west Rapid City, head to the Chapel in the Hills and its beautifully kept park. Then, check out all the free attractions found on page 138. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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Going Underground

Brulé Free in Concert The five-time “Native American Group of the Year” is scheduled to perform Monday through Thursday, July 10-27, in the outdoor Buffalo Moon Theater at the High Country Guest Ranch—located four miles outside Hill City. Traditional dancers, an electrifying blend of contemporary Native American rhythms, and a message of reconciliation make this a must-see show.

Wine and Brew A variety of wineries, breweries, and tasting rooms provide true “local flavor,” from berry wine to IPAs. Create your own tasting tour and see the whole Black Hills in the process. Notable stops in Hill City, Custer, Sturgis, and Rapid City. See our Dining Guide for more details, starting on page 36. 14

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The Black Hills were uplifted several times over geologic history, starting at the end of the age of dinosaurs, about 66 million years ago. On and off until about six million years ago, the Paha Sapa Limestone was elevated above the water table—when rain fell, it dissolved the stone, causing caves. See Jewel Cave National Monument, Rushmore Cave, Wind Cave National Park, Black Hills Caverns, and Wonderland Cave. See more about caves on page 132.


Fossil Record

The Lost World

Past life? We’ve got it. Badlands National Park—Eocene and Oligocene mammals. SD School of Mines Museum of Geology— free admission to paleontology exhibits. The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs—the most mammoth remains anywhere. Hill City’s Museum at Black Hills Institute—more dinosaurs per square inch than any museum in the world. See page 134 for more details.

One of the Black Hills’ original attractions is Dinosaur Park, which opened to the public in 1936. Nearby, real dinosaur footprints have been found! Just down the road, the Dinosaur Museum features life-size creatures as they appeared “in the flesh.”

Mickelson Trail

Dignity On your drive across the state, stop and visit Dignity, sculptor Dale Lamphere’s 50-foot tribute to “the courage, perseverance, and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota culture.” The stainless steel figure can be seen at the Chamberlain rest stop on I-90, between exits 263 and 265.

Running 108.8 miles, from Edgemont in the south to Deadwood in the north, the Mickelson is a rails-to-trails project that provides unique access to the Black Hills. The trail passes through Hill City and Custer, and includes 15 trailheads, four tunnels, and 100 converted railroad bridges. Shuttles available.

Hiking, Riding, Climbing, and Camping The Black Hills is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. With amazing trails, great climbing routes, and campgrounds galore, there’s always a new adventure. Don’t forget your sunscreen! BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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ADVERTISER INDEX

Deadwood Attractions Adams Museum

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Boot Hill Tours

115

Days of ‘76 Museum

113

Historic Adams House

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Mad Mountain Adventures 84 Mount Moriah Cemetery 113 Original Deadwood Tour 111 Tatanka 111 Dining (see page 36) Lizzie Burgers 36 Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub 36 Silverado Grand Buffet 110 T-Grille Buffet

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Wild Bill’s Campground 115

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Spearfish

Celebrity Hotel

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Cheyenne Crossing

First Gold Hotel

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Midnight Star

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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery 118

Silverado Franklin

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Gaming and Lodging Cadillac Jack’s

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Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort 113

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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort & Golf Club Legends & Legacies

Blackstone Lodge & Suites

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M & L ATV

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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center 117

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Spearfish Canyon Lodge 122 Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

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Visit Spearfish

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Rapid City

Golden Corral

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Cuisine 35

Attractions Black Hills Maze

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Black Hills Bus Tours

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Chapel in the Hills

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Dinosaur Museum

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Dinosaur Park

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Flags and Wheels Indoor Amusement Park 44

Marco’s Pizza

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Prairie Edge

Minervas Restaurant and Bar

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Sioux Pottery

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St. Joe Antiques Mall

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Suzie Cappa Art Center

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Paddy O’Neill’s Pub at Hotel Alex Johnson

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 39

Main Street Square

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Old MacDonald’s Petting Farm

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Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

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Rapid Escape

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rushmore South

Reptile Gardens

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Hotel Alex Johnson

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Shopping Again Books and Bazaar 28

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Botticelli Ristorante

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Chili’s 41 Fuddruckers 37 Fuji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 37

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Dining Guide (see page 36) BakeWorks 29

Mt. Rushmore Jewelry Factory Outlet

Hay Camp Brewery

Hart Ranch Camping Resort

Watiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold Creations IFC

Ruby Tuesday Texas Roadhouse Lodging Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Black Hills Bride

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Keystone Big Thunder Gold Mine 100 Black Hills Bus Tours

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Scheels 85

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Black Hills Central Railroad – 1880 TRAIN

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Boss’ Pizza & Chicken

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Dakota Gold & Silver by Wheeler

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Grapes and Grinds

95

Holy Terror Mini Golf

95

Jane’s Boardwalk Pizza

100

Naked Winery

98

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Dakota Gold & Silver by Wheeler

National Presidential Wax Museum

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Jack’s Campers

84

Rush Mountain Adventure Park

Kicks & Giggles

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Landstrom’s Jewelry

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Black Hills Coupon Book 45 Christmas Village

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Rushmore Tramway Adventures 94

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Hill City Alpine Inn

601 Kansas City Street Rapid City, SD haycampbrewing.com OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK (605) 718-1167

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Black Hills Central Railroad – 1880 TRAIN

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Circle B Chuckwagon

99

Dakota Stone’s Rock Shop 98 Doc & Alice Boutique

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High Country Guest Ranch 99 Naked Winery

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Miner Brewing Co.

33

Prairie Berry Winery

33

Sick-n-Twisted Brewery

98

Custer Blue Belle Lodge & Stables

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Crazy Horse Heritage Village

131

Crazy Horse Memorial

105

Custer State Park Resort

91

Four Mile Old West Town 100 Korczak’s Heritage, Inc.

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Naked Winery

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State Game Lodge

91

Hot Springs Evans Plunge

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The Mammoth Site

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SD & Beyond rapidescapellc@gmail.com www.rapidescaperooms.com

BOOK ONLINE NOW! or call, email, or facebook your reservation request. Reservations are required.

605-791-0294

420 E. Saint Patrick St. Ste. 101 Rapid City, SD

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Al’s Oasis and Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma

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Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Oacoma

124

Buffalo Bill’s Cody/ Yellowstone Country, WY 125 Devils Tower Trading Post, WY

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Gillette-Wright, WY

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Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel,Oglala, SD Ruby Tuesday

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DINOSAUR MUSEUM • Over 50 Life-Size Dinosaurs • Mirror Maze • Children’s Fossil Dig • Mini Golf Course • Movie Theater ALL INCLUDED IN PRICE OF ADMISSION

871 South Hwy 16 Rapid City, SD (Right next to Reptile Gardens) 605-342-8140

Est. 1936

on National Register of Historic Places

• 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) BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 7-8 34th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi, Spearfish 7-8 Forks, Corks & Kegs Food & Wine Festival, Deadwood 8-9 Dakota Territory Gun Show, Rapid City 15-16, 22-23 Free Entrance in the National Parks

May 3 Korczak Day, Crazy Horse Memorial 6 Anne’s Day, Crazy Horse Memorial 6 Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Deadwood 6 Spring Market & Frühlingsfest, Rapid City Main Street Square 13-14 Art Extravaganza, Hill City 14 Mother’s Day Express 1880 Train, Hill City 19-20 Tesla Car Rally, Custer 19-21 Custer State Park Open House

Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore

21 Ruth’s Day, Crazy Horse Memorial 26-29 Memorial Day Weekend Open House, Crazy Horse Memorial 26-30 Black Hills Film Festival, Rapid City & Hill City 26-31 Legends in Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial 26-31 Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore

June NIGHTLY Legends in Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial NIGHTLY Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore 1-29 Thursday Summer Nights and Concert Series, Rapid City 3 Dedication Anniversaries, Crazy Horse Memorial 3 Kids’ Carnival, Rapid City Main Street Square 3 Mickelson Trail Marathon, Deadwood 3-4 Volksmarch, Crazy Horse Memoria 8-10 Nebraska Corvette Association Tour, Rapid City 9-10 Deadwood PBR 9-30 Downtown Friday Nights, Spearfish 9-25 Peter and the Starcatcher, Black Hills Playhouse

Laser Light Show, Crazy Horse Memorial

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605.385.5189 SDAirAndSpaceMuseum.com

Unique Gift Shop 32 Historic Aircraft & Missiles 4 Indoor Galleries of Artifacts Base Bus Tours May-Sept

(Nominal Fee – Security Restrictions Apply)

OPEN YEAR ROUND FREE ADMISSION!

One of a Kind Displays

Of Aviation Milestones

AVIATION HISTORY COMES ALIVE WITH FUN AND EXCITEMENT! JUNE – LABOR DAY 8:30AM-6:00PM REST OF YEAR 8:30AM-4:30PM

12 Mi. East of Oelrichs, SD 30 Mi. West of Pine Ridge, SD on Hwy 18 prairiewindcasino.com | 800.705.WIND

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 10 Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

30 Young Frankenstein, Black Hills Playhouse

11-16 Deadwood 3 Wheeler Motorcycle Rally

10 Art and Wine Festival, Rapid City Main Street Square

July

12-8/30 Wild West Wednesdays Hart Ranch Rough Stock Series, Rapid City

15-17 Miss South Dakota Pageant, Hot Springs 16-17 Wild Bill Days, Deadwood 16-18 Gift from Mother Earth Art Show, Crazy Horse Memorial 17-18 Father’s Day Golf Tournament, Hot Springs 18 1880 Train Father’s Day, Hill City 23-25 Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival, Hot Springs 23-25 Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, Sturgis 24-25 Sculpture in the Hills, Hill City 25 Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City 26 Ruth’s Night Blast, Crazy Horse Memorial

NIGHTLY Legends in Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial NIGHTLY Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore 1-4 1880 Train July 4 Celebration, Hill City 1-16 Young Frankenstein, Black Hills Playhouse 4 Independence Day Celebrations: Spearfish, Deadwood, Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Hot Springs & Belle Fourche 6-27 Thursday Summer Nights and Concert Series, Rapid City 7-28 Downtown Friday Nights, Spearfish 8 Spearfish Canyon Half Marathon & 5K 9 Cruiser Car Show, Rapid City Main Street Square

13-15 Black Hills Corvette Classic, Spearfish 14-16 Festival in the Park, Spearfish 15-16 Hills Alive Music Festival, Rapid City 21-23 Gold Discovery Days, Custer 21-31 Grease, Black Hills Playhouse 25-29 Days of ‘76 Celebration, Deadwood 30 Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

August

NIGHTLY Legends in Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial NIGHTLY Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore

1880 Train

1880 Train, a family-friendly, vintage, steam-powered passenger train that runs between Hill City and Keystone. Climb aboard at either town and travel one way or round-trip. Find the schedule at 1880train.com.

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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.

www.oldmacdonaldsfarmrc.com

605-737-4815

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1-30 Wild West Wednesdays Hart Ranch Rough Stock Series, Rapid City (excluding 8/23)

September

NIGHTLY Legends in Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial

1-6 Grease, Black Hills Playhouse

NIGHTLY Evening Lighting Ceremony, 3-31 Thursday Summer Mount Rushmore Nights and Concert 1 Downtown Friday Series, Rapid City Nights, Spearfish 4-25 Downtown Friday Nights, Spearfish 4-13 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 7 Legends Ride, Deadwood 11-12 Supermoto, Sturgis 11-20 Unnecessary Farce, Black Hills Playhouse 13 [Love]² Bridal Fair, Rapid City Main Street Square 18-27 Central States Fair, Rapid City 18-19 Southern Hills Music & Arts Festival, Custer 19 Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City 24-27 Kool Deadwood Nites 25 Free Day: National Park Service’s Birthday 25-26 Wine Brew & BBQ, Hill City 29-9/3 Sturgis Mustang Rally

3 Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City 3 Dakota Five-O Bike Race, Spearfish 3 Studebaker Car Show, Custer 6 Crazy Horse and Korczak Night Blast, Crazy Horse Memorial 8 Holy Terror Days Celebration, Keystone 8-10 Black Hills Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch, Hill City 9 1880 Train Rails & Ales, Hill City 9-10 Hill City Quilt Show 15-16 Deadwood Jam 15-16 Taste of Autumn BBQ Championships Spearfish 16 1880 Train Wine Express, Hill City 22-23 Badger Clark Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering, Hot Springs 23 1880 Oktoberfest Train, Hill City 28-10/30 Buffalo Roundup, Custer State Park 29-30 Oktoberfest, Deadwood 30 Fee Free Day: National Public Lands Day 30 Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, Rapid City Main Street Square

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SIOUX POTTERY NATIVE AMERICAN MADE FACTORY GIFT STORE TOURIST ATTRACTION

SEE IT MADE!

SELFGUIDED FACTORY TOURS

Watch Native American Artists paint and etch pottery with symbols important to the Lakota culture.

Featuring Sioux Pottery and Hand-made Lakota Crafts

FREE KID’S POT! Children can decorate a pot as they sit with our Lakota artists.

HALF PRICE FACTORY SECONDS See our coupon in coupon section

Additional Discounts

1441 E. St. Joseph Rapid City, SD 57701 One Mile South Of South Dakota School Of Mines

605.341.3657 800.657.4366 SiouxPottery.com

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SHOPPING The name “Black Hills Gold Jewelry” refers to identifiable designs that must be produced locally. It does not denote a certain type of gold.

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 tour museums and monuments, relax at the campground, explore our web of hiking and biking trails, or try your luck in the casino, you will be creating great memories during your vacation in the Black Hills. As unforgettable as these experiences will be, it’s also fun to capture them in a way that can make great keepsakes or gifts. The Black Hills area is home to signature products, including originals reflecting its indigenous culture, geologic riches, or mining history. Museum gift shops, galleries, and other specialty stores offer everything from child-friendly souvenirs to fossils to fine art and jewelry. 26

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Artwork Artists from our local area, as well as regional and national talents, show their work at art galleries, museum shops, and boutiques in towns throughout the Hills. Just two examples: Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, located in Rapid City—featuring a fine collection of Native American art, beadwork, books, music, and cultural artifact reproductions— and Legends & Legacies, in Spearfish, offering log and rustic furniture. And they’re not alone. Traditional drums and other musical instruments, original paintings and prints, bronze and mixed-media sculptures, pottery, leather work, textiles, clothing, handmade jewelry, soaps, and candles are available.

HANDMADE POTTERY Sioux Pottery is made from the red clay of the Black Hills of South Dakota—sacred to many Native American tribes. Each piece of handmade pottery is crafted by Sioux Indian artists and decorated with the designs and symbols important to their Lakota culture. Check out the stores and see many of the crafted arts on display, often available for purchase. 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 outlets, restaurants, attractions, and more.


DAKOTA GOLD & SILVER® by

Producing Quality Jewelry Since 1946. Made in South Dakota

Find DAKOTA GOLD & SILVER® at one of these Black Hills Retailers

CUSTER

Custer State Park - US Hwy 385 Southern Hills Publishing - 522 Mt. Rushmore Rd.

KEYSTONE

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

RAPID CITY

DEADWOOD

1st Souvenir - 696 1/2 Main Street Broken Arrow - 606 Main Street

HILL CITY

Broken Arrow - 249 Main Street Mt. Rushmore KOA - 12620 Hwy 244

Alex Johnson Mercantile - 608 St. Joseph Street Dinosaur Park - 940 Skyline Drive Reptile Gardens - 8955 South Highway 16

SPEARFISH

Jacket Zone - 617 N Main Street

HOT SPRINGS

STURGIS

INTERIOR

WALL

Coffee Cup Fuel Stop - 27638 Hwy 385 Cedar Pass Lodge - 20681 SD Hwy 40

Just For Looks - 1006 Main Street Broken Arrow - 513 Main Street Wildlife Museum - 531 Main Street

1-800-843-1937 www.wheelerjewelry.com


Famous for Diamonds & Black Hills Gold

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SHOPPING Finding the gold The manufacturers of Black Hills Gold Jewelry create a diverse selection of pieces that can be produced only here. The signature hues are created by mixing pure gold (yellow) with copper (for pink) and silver (for green). Artisans then design their own patterns of grapes, leaves, and stems; they often include gemstones, as well. Feel secure that shops marketing Black Hills Gold are legitimate dealers—and then add a bit of sparkle with diamonds, sapphires, or aquamarine. Taste South Dakota Food, wine, and beer are also local specialties that make great gifts or personal indulgences. Create a unique and personalized gift basket with smoked pheasant, turkey, buffalo, elk, and beef salami combined with cheese, sweets, and snacks. Don’t forget locally made wines and beers—as well as South Dakota candy, jams, honey, popcorn, nut butters, and many other delicious products. A piece of history For a vintage find, the area has many antique and collectibles shops—both large and small. Create your own “Antiques Roadshow” while you’re in a local downtown or on a scenic highway. These shops reflect life in the Black Hills and house some unexpected treasures.

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Retail finds If brand names are what you’re looking for, then the largest collection can be found 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. However, locallyowned boutiques and shops also carry household names—as well as original artisan goods, quirky gifts, and local culinary delights that will inevitably find their way into your luggage. When you’re shopping for the ones you love, don’t forget to buy yourself something, too. Also, scout out an unexplored spot for your upcoming adventures.


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EAT & DRINK Although our “local flavor” tends toward a cowboy theme, it’s never the wrong time for pizza and beer at a local ale house. Or seek out one of our many venues with live entertainment, fire pits, or beautiful views.

USE OUR GUIDE >>> Whether you’re looking for casual dining or upscale eateries, you’ll find it in our guide starting on page 36. With a chain options and numerous locally-owned restaurants, visitors can enjoy everything from burgers and steaks to ethnic eats.

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Now Taste This The maxim ”eat, drink, and be merry” is especially useful when on vacation. If you’re a die-hard foodie, some things should just be tasted right from the source. Make meals a part of your Black Hills adventure by trying dishes unique to the area and experiencing things you normally wouldn’t try. We’ve chosen a few iconic South Dakota experiences—and our accompanying guide will help you to make the most of all your eating opportunities. Buffalo burgers Don’t miss your chance to try a real South Dakota buffalo burger on your trip—the red meat that is good for you. Experience the value of eating locally raised meat 30

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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 dries 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 other. Get your tickets for an area chuckwagon dinner and supper show—watch as Dakota-grown beefsteaks are grilled over the campfire, taste

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 light and crispy, and is a perfect combination of salty and sweet. DON’T SPOIL IT 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, and buffets throughout the Black Hills area.


EAT & DRINK Dutch-oven side dishes, and fall 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 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 or Crazy Horse Memorial. Taste wild game Elk with its clean, sweet taste can be found in common menu items such as elk stew, elk ravioli, or the usual 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 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 their own catch of the day. Locally made sweet treats Famous for their local mom-and-pop dessert shops, the Black Hills are a sweettooth’s haven. For example, the Alpine Inn in Hill City has a wide assortment of homemade delicacies. Or, watch in wonder through the storefront window as salt-water taffy is made in Keystone—or chocolates are created from scratch from Deadwood to Custer. Try a scoop of homemade ice cream in every town you visit. No matter where you go in the Hills—you can create sweet memories to take home.

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Thirsty for Local Flavor? Wine 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 looking for every season of the year. Whether you are a “grape 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 32

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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 the Napa experience. So, if you’re fresh off the Mickelson and want to stop by a tasting room—wearing shorts and your Merrells—go for it. Personable, well-informed guides will then introduce you to the wines the winery produces—along with the local stories behind each label. When selecting the varieties of wines you would like to try, take this opportunity to sample some of the regional specialties. Keep in mind that local

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 tastes will help to 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 that you don’t want to miss. 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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producers might feature wines from berries or grapes, so you might be in for something new. Also, many of these wines have won international awards! Oftentimes, the sommelier will start with whites, then pour reds, then finish with dessert wines. Several tasting rooms offer complimentary wine tastings; if there is a fee, the host will let you know. Tasting room gift shops feature locally made crafts and wine-themed gadgets or gifts to commemorate your visit. Beer Each year, new breweries pop up in the Hills, offering a variety of craft beer and guided tours of their facilities. Many local breweries offer exclusive choices for beer tasting. Watch for both free individual samples and “beer flights”—a rack of four or more testers, usually for purchase. Most breweries will also fill and seal your growler for later. In summer expect lighter, crisper beers, some of which feature locally grown, handchosen ingredients. 34

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

Many 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 your visit during the perfect event. Or reserve a venue for your next 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. The school offers 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.

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With its central location, countless hotels, campgrounds and lodging options, and endless activity, Rapid City is often considered a “hub” for visitors to the Black Hills area.

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 Bomber 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 upclose look at the aircraft that have been flown 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. It offers a variety of shops, boutiques, family attractions, parks, galleries, restaurants, and more. No matter your area “hub,” Rapid City is a must-see.

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

for a colorful expression of the area’s urban artists. It’s an organic mosaic that is constantly evolving.

Life-size sites The City of Presidents free walking tour features a series of bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents. Situated along Stroll through town Rapid City’s downtown Rapid City’s downtown of sidewalks, the figures depict bustling streets is lined presidents in postures found with a cozy collection of in actual photos—often historic buildings. Peek in emphasizing some unique the town’s unique shops and aspect of their personalities. galleries, and pick up oneFor example, President of-a-kind pieces of Native Reagan wears a cowboy hat. American artwork and local These are life-sized pieces, craft goods. providing perfect photo Don’t miss Art Alley, opportunities. This walking between 6th and 7th Streets, tour is filled with fun facts


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mixed with traditional history, making this selfguided tour entertaining and educational. Maps and an interactive walking guide are available through visitrapidcity.com. 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 at 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 pick-up and drop-off stops at: The

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

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Main Street Square hosts numerous free events throughout the summer months. Whether it’s 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 20. Grab some cotton candy and take in the Central States Fair. August 18-27, 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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Journey Museum; downtown at 6th and Main 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 fairs, and concerts. Check out the interactive fountain, which runs each day during the summer— weather and events permitting. At Main Street Square, you can even experience art in the making as Sculptor Masayuki Nagase transforms 21 pieces of granite into The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water. The project, which is part of the Square itself, is in its fifth year and is expected to be completed this summer. Visitors may watch Nagase work on-site on the remaining stones at the Square from June to October. See the beauty If you’d like a a break from 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 forests, national parks, trail systems, and breathtaking geologic formations. Rapid City’s close proximity allows easy access to great outdoor activities. Go out for a hike, bike, climb, or horseback ride—and then come back to town for drinks, dinner, night life, and a comfortable, restful sleep.

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Devils Tower is a short drive from the Black Hills and a visit there makes a perfect day-trip from Spearfish, Rapid City, Hill City, or Custer.

This small mountain range offers everything from picturesque drives, to easy strolling trails, to significant peaks requiring solid hiking or climbing gear. Because of the Native American belief that the Black Hills are sacred lands, many sites also have interesting—and sometimes controversial—stories. Curious visitors can uncover moving, exciting histories that will make for an unforgettable, educational Black Hills trip. The “Needles” A great place to dive into the Black Hills is via the Needles Highway, a 14-mile stretch of SD Highway 87 that leads to a group of granite spires known as the Cathedral Spires, or the Needles, shown at left. Marked by narrow tunnels and sharp turns, the road is a favorite for motorcycle and hearty bicycle enthusiasts. The Needles sport famous and often difficult climbing routes, many of which are not recommended for novices. Even so, the area beneath the spires is perfect for a family picnic and a hike!

Devils Tower/ Bear Lodge Butte This iconic igneous butte near Hulett and Sundance, Wyoming, rises a dramatic 867 feet from base to summit. It was the country’s first National Monument, established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Like many significant sites in the area, its name has a story. Native Americans have several names for the butte, including Bear’s House, and Great Gray Horn, among many others. The name Devils Tower came from a mistaken translation of a conversation with a Native speaker during an 1875 military expedition. While the Tower is a favorite climbing spot, attracting hundreds of climbers each summer, several Plains Indian tribes consider climbing a desecration of a sacred place. Therefore, most climbers honor a voluntary climbing ban during the month of June each year, when Native ceremonies are conducted around the breathtaking monument.

BLACK ELK PEAK Formerly known as Harney Peak, Black Elk Peak is the tallest mountain between the Rockies and the Swiss Alps. At the top, hikers can explore the stone fire tower and witness a magnificent view across the Black Elk Wilderness Area. The approximately seven-mile-round-trip hike includes terrain from easy to relatively strenuous, and it requires a halfday to complete. When traveling with children, you might schedule the day. Remember to carry water, lunch, and rain gear— sudden afternoon summer storms are common. CHANGING NAMES Because General William S. Harney—after whom the peak was named in 1855—was known to have led attacks against Native Americans, the US Board on Geographic Names officially renamed the mountain in 2016. Nicholas Black Elk, the peak’s new (and original) namesake, was a revered Lakota holy man who received an important vision of human unity when he was only nine years old.

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lthough Western South Dakota has only four natural lakes, 18 additional, engineered lakes and reservoirs provide both natural beauty and endless recreation. All year long, outdoor enthusiasts swim, boat, fish, water skiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and in winter, ice-fish. This season, make sure to pack your swimwear, along with sturdy water shoes for lake bottoms. Pristine bodies of water can

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be found throughout the Black Hills, from north to south. Here are our “main attractions.” Orman Dam—Belle Fourche Also known as the Belle Fourche Reservoir, Orman is more than 8,000 acres with 58 miles of shoreline. When built in 1911, it was the largest earthen dam of its time and was designated as a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Camp, fish, and play here. Pactola Reservoir—Central Shown at left, this lake is 785 acres—the largest within the Black Hills proper. Located on US Highway 385, Pactola is popular with boaters— including speed boaters pulling water skiers. Fishing, camping, and hiking are also available. Sheridan Lake—Hill City Just seven miles from Hill City, Sheridan Lake is 383 acres and sports two swimming beaches, a marina, two campgrounds, and family-friendly picnic areas.

Deerfield Lake—Hill City Tucked into the forest, Deerfield Lake is a “no-wake” lake, perfect for paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking. It’s popular for year-round fishing, and also is known for it’s 11-mile loop trail. Sylvan Lake—The Needles A small lake in Custer State Park, Sylvan rests at the main trailhead for Black Elk Peak. Its jutting granite centerpieces and surrounding walking trail add to its appeal. At just 17 acres, it’s an intimate spot to swim, picnic, rent paddle boats, or camp. Angostura Reservoir— Hot Springs The large 4,612-acre lake is the southern-most of our area’s watery recreation spots. Near Hot Springs, the lake lies outside the Hills’ mountainous terrain and offers high-prairie views. With 36 miles of shoreline, excellent sandy beaches, and four campgrounds, Angostura is busy all summer long with boaters, fishers, and swimmers.

Paddle boats are just one feature of a fabulous day at Sylvan Lake.

FISHING While trout are not native to the region, the cool and swift streams of the Hills have allowed stocked trout to thrive over the past century. Anglers pursue rainbow, brook, and brown trout—and that’s not all. Yellow perch, crappies, walleyes, bass (large and smallmouth), catfish, and northern pike are also favorites. One-day, threeday, and yearlong fishing licenses are available at stores throughout the Hills.

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For a feeling of “big water,” come to the Orman Dam near Belle Fourche.

Two former mining towns, founded in 1874-75, are now at the bottom of local lakes. Both Pactola and Sheridan, in the Central Hills, were populated by miners during the Gold Rush; when gold supplies dwindled, the towns were abandoned. The dam above Sheridan was finished in 1942, and whatever churches, schools, and businesses that remained were covered by the reservoir. Most of Pactola’s buildings, on the other hand, were removed before flooding in 1956. Only a CCC dynamite bunker remains underwater there. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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Hiking Follow more than 450 miles of hiking trails in and around the Black Hills National Forest for the most spectacular views of the area. Favorite spots include mountains that also hold significance for Native Americans; sometimes hikers

see prayer ties or other evidence of Native ceremonies. Black Elk Peak, as well as the Needles spires, “Little Devils Tower,” and a network of trails connected to Sylvan Lake, are near Hill City; Bear Butte is just outside Sturgis.

Biking

Whether trekking the trails on foot or riding a bicycle, 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 more advanced riders. It 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 covers 109 miles for biking, hiking, and horseback riding—and features the Mickelson Trail Trek each September. All 109 miles in three days! Visitors can jump on the trails throughout the Hills using one of their easy-access trailheads.

Wildlife

Climbing Granite formations in the Black Hills area provide accessible, challenging climbs that attract alpinists from all over the world. From Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, to Custer State Park—including the Cathedral Spires and the back of Mount Rushmore—to Spearfish Canyon’s limestone cliffs in the Northern Hills, routes for climbers of all skill levels are plentiful. Climbing classes and guide services are available through sylvanrocks.com.

Thanks for the 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, and can be spotted on hillsides or even crossing the street. Spot buffalo on land preserves, and watch for roaming predators, including bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, and wolves.


Horseback Riding Experience the Hills like the cowboys did. When horseback riding, expect experienced guides to show you the scenery and historic sites, all the while telling you 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. Don’t forget your camera, and happy trails!

Camping

The Black Hills National Forest has 30 campgrounds with more than 682 individual sites, including three horse camps. Daily camping fees range from $6 to $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 throughout 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: only $20 per week and available online.

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PARK

Custer State Park Custer State Park is a 71,000acre vacation paradise located in the southern Black Hills, and it’s loaded with picturesque views, wildlife, and familyfriendly activities. The Park was proud to unveil its new Visitor Center last summer. The new center offers an array of features that include a large, interactive map, a 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 20-minute film, narrated by Kevin Costner, immerses visitors into many aspects of the park and encourages them to 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.

ENTRANCE FEES Temporary entrance licenses, valid for up to seven days—$20 per vehicle; $10 per motorcycle. Annual park entrance licenses, valid at all South Dakota State Park areas—$30 for the first vehicle; $15 for the second vehicle.

Park Naturalists lead many programs daily throughout the summer, and 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 other critters, too, such as prairie dogs and marmots. Birders won’t be disappointed, either, as more than 200 species of birds either make the park their home or pass through during migrations.

ACCOMMODATIONS Four historic lodges and nine campgrounds provide a variety of accommodations— historic lodge rooms, modern log cabins, camp sites near fresh water streams, mountain lakes, pine hideaways. EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 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.

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

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The Annual Buffalo Roundup, held the last Friday in September, draws thousands of people to Custer State Park each fall. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they round up and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo into the buffalo corrals where they will receive a health check; some animals are also sorted for the fall auction in November.


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uring the early 1920s, South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson and others first envisioned Old West heroes carved on the granite spires of the Needles. From 1924 to 1925, state officials sought the talent of sculptor Gutzon Borglum, who had been working on a Confederate memorial on Stone Mountain in Georgia. Convinced of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential in South Dakota, Borglum came to the Black Hills. Borglum decided that four presidents representing the first 150 years of American history would be the most appropriate subject for a carving. He also pronounced the granite of the Needles too fragile for a carving such as he envisioned. He and local guides explored the central Hills to locate a body of granite that would be both 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, and efforts continued on the carving of Mount Rushmore for the next fourteen years. Borglum faced a multitude of challenges with the massive

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sculpture: finances, weather conditions, dealing with cracks and pockets of poor quality rock on the mountain, developing specialized methods for blasting the granite, and 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. When Borglum died in March 1941, officials turned the project over to his son, Lincoln, for completion. Due to the escalation of World War II and the lack of funds, the figures were never completed— Borglum’s original vision included the figures sculpted down to their waists—but the monument remains iconic. Your trip to Mount Rushmore should include a visit to the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Museum—which

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.

shows an educational movie— the Presidential Trail, Carvers Cafe, the Mount Rushmore Bookstores, the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour, the Gift Shop, and the Sculptor’s Studio. Attending the evening lighting ceremony in the summer is also a spectacle not to miss!

HOURS AND SEASONS The visitor facilities at the Monument are open all year, seven days a week, with the exception of December 25, when buildings are closed but grounds are open. HOW MUCH There is no admission fee charged to see the Memorial, as per the wishes of Borglum himself. However, a fee-based system provides convenient parking: $10 per vehicle and $50 per bus. 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.

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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. TIME TO EXPLORE The National Park Service oversees three parks in this area: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park,and Jewel Cave National Monument. Check out the calendar on page 20 for Fee Free Days throughout the parks.

DID YOU KNOW? Custer State Park is the largest state park in South Dakota and one of the largest in the United States. Black Elk Peak is the highest point east of the Rockies. Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest in-progress sculpture. Black Hills Institute is the world’s largest private fossil company, and its Museum in Hill City has more fossils per square inch than any museum in the world. The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs is the world’s largest mammoth deposit and research facility. The Central/ Southern Hills are filled with superlatives that cause visitors to return year after year. Many even retire here.

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Keystone, Hill City, Custer & Hot Springs Keystone Nestled in a valley within the beautiful Black Hills, the tiny, historic mining town of Keystone rests only three miles from the base of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keystone’s fate changed in 1927, when sculptor Gutzon Borglum began carving his massive American monument; at its completion in 1941, 393,000 tourists came to see the famous carving. Today, millions visit the monument each year, and many of them travel through Keystone. While only about 350 people live here, the village comes to life with adventure during the summer season. Here, you can view the gorgeous scenery from a chairlift, play miniature golf, ride trails on horseback, take a helicopter ride, pet cute little critters, ride a vintage passenger train to a nearby town, explore a cave, experience gravity gone crazy, catch a magic act, get lost in a mirror maze, and see all of our nation’s presidents, notable chiefs

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

and political figures in wax. 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 Black Hills community is a great base camp and hub—and it’s a refreshing, fun stop along the way to other area destinations. Make sure you put Keystone on your travel plans; its personality is contagious.


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CUSTER – HOT SPRINGS Custer This mile-high mountain town benefits from its “location, location, location”—a prime, central setting on the edge of Custer State Park, criss-crossed with miles of trails and backcountry roads left behind by early pioneers, ranchers, and loggers. Visitors who choose Custer as a hub are minutes from the best climbs, trails, and family fun of the Black Hills. Stay in the town itself or in the Park, which offers unique lodging, dining, swimming, camping, fishing, and shopping opportunities. In no time at all, you 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—and then heading back into town for a lovely dinner.

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.

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

Keep the exploration going when you dash into the park for the Black Hills Playhouse summer stock theater—or ride your motorcycle on some of the country’s most acclaimed curves. Watch the sun set over nearby Crazy Horse Memorial or Mount Rushmore. Sound good? Then Custer’s your place.

Hot Springs First called Minnekahta (hot waters) by the Lakota people, Hot Springs is known as the southern gateway to the Black Hills. Hot Springs is home to the largest Columbian mammoth exhibit in the world, as well as a wild horse sanctuary—where hundreds of mustangs roam thousands of acres of land. From here, you can visit the pioneer era, tour one of the longest caves in the world, or play 18 holes on one of South Dakota’s premiere public golf courses. Then relax in warm, healing, mineral springs. With easy access to the area’s greatest attractions, great year-round weather, distinct sandstone architecture, fantastic outdoors activities—and, of course, the signature mineral waters—Hot Springs is like no other Black Hills town. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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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 to 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) to carve a memorial honoring a Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse had been killed at Fort Robinson in 1877. In his letter to Korczak, Henry Standing Bear wrote, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, also.” In May of 1947, Korczak started the project with only $174. Labor-intensive tasks included single-jacking (handdrilling) holes for the dedication blast and the countless blasts that followed. Later, he built a 741-step staircase, which he


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

WHERE Located north of Custer at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse Memorial is hard to miss as you drive 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. The Indian Museum of North America®, the visitor complex, and the scale models. The new Mountain Carving Room that focuses on the mountain caving, with the short DVD of most recent tools and carving steps. The Native American 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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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.

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-considered decision to shift focus to Crazy Horse’s Face, a profile that would be visible proof of the project’s continuation. This effort to show the world was a success, and was 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 on 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, who serve as CEOs, and many dedicated, skilled professionals.

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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 it is similar to work on Crazy Horse’s Face. This involves a great deal of drilling, and a process referred to as “feathers and wedges” that removes 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. The finished sculpture underneath (the finish grade) in these work areas ranges in depth; in some areas it lies only one foot beneath the rock surface. A look at the future The future of Crazy Horse Mountain is exciting and challenging. Additional talent is being added through both the hiring of Mountain Crew members and their continual training and skills development . 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 called 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.”


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NATIONAL NATURAL 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 Dakota’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 preserve these historic relics.

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See the full-sized replica of a mammoth skeleton—lovingly referred to as Sinbad.

The Learning Center at The Mammoth Site opened in April 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 to have more access and a clear digital sound.

At least 61 mammoths have been discovered and excavated here, along with the remains of a Giant shortfaced bear, camel, llama, and numerous invertebrates.

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After the 10-minute introductory 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

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

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If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind 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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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 locally made, hand-dipped chocolates. Enjoy browsing the retail outlets, boutiques, and antique stores. WINTER SPORTS Near Deadwood and Lead, there are more than 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 did 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, which has been renovated in the old train depot—and meander to the Adams Museum, Days of ’76 Museum, The Historic Adams House, and beyond. See the Mount Moriah Cemetery that serves as the

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

resting place for western outlaws, and learn how Deadwood went from a lawless gold camp to a modern-day restoration project—and everything in between. The easiest way to see all of Deadwood is through a guided tour. Watch as history comes to life right before 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 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.

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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.


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A GLIMPSE AT GOLD RUSH HISTORY

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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. The town opened the Black Hills Gold Rush. After a gold strike in a nearby town was discovered, Custer dwindled to a mere 123 people.

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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.

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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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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 Lead (pronounced “leed”) was founded in 1876 after the discovery of gold had the Black Hills booming. Home to the largest and deepest gold mine in North America, Lead’s fame shifted to science in 2007 when the site was turned into the Sanford Underground Laboratory. Now, many sensitive physics experiments are conducted 4,850 feet down. Above ground, visitors walk the streets of a quaint downtown district, take in a performance at the Historic Homestake Opera House, and learn mining history at the Homestake Visitor Center. Don’t forget to see the historic Open Cut and the original 1876 claim. Lead is also an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream, with hundreds of trails—hike, bike, climb, or ride ATVs. In winter, ski and snowmobile!

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. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the locally designed granite

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 as the geographic center of the United States.

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monument—a compass rose and path of flags. 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 Black 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 display nearly 200 antique cars, trucks, and hot rods. It’s the real thing, making any dedicated car enthusiast’s dream come true. 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. Dust off your boots and come to Belle.


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SPEARFISH Spearfish Standing as the secondlargest—and fastestgrowing—community in the Black Hills, Spearfish is home to 11,000 year-round residents and 5,000 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 you. This community’s unmatched combination of exquisite scenery, boundless outdoor adventure, and firstrate accommodations make it the perfect destination to visit this season. Start your day with breakfast at a local café or diner, then meander downtown. Visit boutiques offering everything from home furnishing to retail to antiques. Stop for some ice cream and snacks, then venture toward the canyon. It’s very common

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

to see people rock climbing, biking along the designated bike paths, or fly-fishing in Spearfish Creek. If you’re into cycling, you could ride a different bike path each day, or saddle up with a local club. Take a pedal or a drive through Spearfish Canyon’s winding roads, which are dotted with breathtaking views—waterfalls and streams cutting through thousand-foot rock walls The canyon features countless trails, including After Spearfish’s summertime events— including massive art festivals, Main Street concerts, and car rallies— it’s the best place to see fall foliage in the Black Hills.

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the ’76 Trail and Roughlock Falls, as well as local favorites—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 just a short hour’s drive to many monumental sites and memorials, including Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial. Then head back for a great, relaxing evening. You’ll find that Spearfish’s reputation as “cool” means the town hosts art festivals and is home to fun restaurants, pubs, and coffee shops. Kick back and enjoy anything from steakhouses and breweries to Italian and Mexican cuisine. Then, dive into a diverse night life—choose from concerts, festivals, and seasonal events scheduled throughout the year.


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STURGIS Sturgis

But, for one outrageous week in August, hundreds of thousands of bikers and vendors from points across the globe descend on Sturgis—making it one of the most famous motorcycle rallies in the world. What started in 1938 as a dirt-track motorcycle race focused on Sturgis has evolved into South Dakota’s

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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, nestled at the base of the northeastern Black Hills. is defined by its duality. A mountain town and a ranch community, it is also a destination for motorcycle riders from all over the country. Sturgis is a typical small town of about 6,800 people.

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

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

largest tourism event. Its attendees now ride through the entire Black Hills; many visit their favorite haunts annually. Then, as the month continues, sports cars fill the streets in late August and early September for the annual Sturgis Mustang Rally. Participants in this event enjoy everything from autocross, drag racing, burnouts, auctions, and anything else they can imagine. 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. BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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South Dakota to Wyoming It doesn’t matter if you are heading to or from the Black Hills, countless one-of-a-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 on into Wyoming through the cities of Gillette, Buffalo, and Sheridan. Going west, you will pass through the Bighorn Mountains; then choose a link into Yellowstone National Park.

walk out over the water, and eat at the café overlooking the spectacular falls.

As you approach the Missouri River, take a pit stop at the Chamberlain Rest Area—the new location of Dignity, artist Dale Lamphere’s 50-foot sculpture of a Native American woman wearing a traditional star quilt. (Photo on page 19.) Just a stone’s throw away, as you cross the river, you’ll sense a sudden change of ecosystem from the surrounding prairie. Also, look to the north to view Sioux Falls stands as the the Chamberlain Bridge, a largest city in South Dakota. historic connector for the towns As you travel across the state, of Chamberlain and Oacoma. head south of I-90 and tour the It was originally completed in town, with a stop at Falls Park 1925 and carried US Highway to break up the drive. Climb 16; in 1953 the bridge became the charming tower for a view, the I-90 Business Loop. 126

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SOUTH DAKOTA MILEPOSTS ALONG I-90: • 399 to 396—Sioux Falls: lodging, dining, shopping, museums, and attractions • 335 to SD 38E to SD 25N— DeSmet: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Homestead • 332 to 330—Mitchell: The world’s only Corn Palace, dining, lodging • 265 to 263—Chamberlain: between exits are the 50-foot Dignity sculpture and the Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. Relive 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, stretch, and enjoy views of the Missouri. • 260—Oacoma: Al’s Oasis and Cedar Shores Resort • 212 to US 83N, SD 53— Pierre: South Dakota’s state capital


The rugged beauty of the Badlands, at left, draws visitors from around the world. Its striking 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires appear as if from nowhere in the mixed-grass prairie—and are home to both fossil and living mammals, reptiles, and birds, among other creatures.

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

Old Faithful is one of the most predictable features on Earth—erupting every 35 to 120 minutes in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

together in the city in new and unforgettable ways. The city serves as the eastern gateway to the Black Hills. 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—drivers cross the northern part of the “Red Racetrack.” Believed by the Lakota Sioux to encircle the entire Black Hills, the legendary track was the site of the “Great Race” between humans and buffalo; the story is associated with the origins of several traditional practices.

• 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 to 52—Rapid City: lodging, dining, shopping, museums and attractions BLACKHILLSVISITOR.COM

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INTERSTATE 90 • 30—Sturgis: Bear Butte State Park, Old Ft. Meade • 17 to US 85S—Deadwood, Lead: gaming and museums • 14 to US 14A— Spearfish: The town of Spearfish, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway • 10 to US 85N— Belle Fourche: Center of the Nation, Tri-State Museum

From its base, Devils Tower rises 867 feet and is a popular destination for climbers—who enjoy more than 50 routes.

While 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. West of Sundance, as you near Moorcroft, look to the north for occasional glimpses of Devils Tower across the rolling hills and high plains. Other natural wonders also envelop the senses in Wyoming, where I-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, Sheridan and

• 1—South Dakota Visitor Center and rest stop

environs 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, along with diverse cultures associated with Western life, are celebrated. Vistas are spectacular, and opportunities for recreation and entertainment abound. Cody is the eastern gateway to our nation’s first established National Park—Yellowstone.

WYOMING MILEPOSTS ALONG I-90: • 205—Beulah: Vore Buffalo Jump • 199 to WYO 111 to Aladdin—Devils Tower • 185 to 187 (Sundance) to US 14—Devils Tower • 153—Moorcroft • 124 to128—Gillette: Lodging, dining, shopping, historic sites • 56 to 56B (Buffalo) to US 16 to Cody—Yellowstone National Park • 20 to 25—Sheridan: Lodging, dining, shopping, historic sites • 9 (Ranchester) to US 14 to Cody—Yellowstone National Park

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CAVES & 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. Dozens of calcite crystal caves 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 even a rare boxwork formation. 132

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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.

• Wear comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles, as guided tours usually require a half-mile walk on uneven surfaces. • Tours have lit walkways, but some involve climbing up and down stairs or crawling through tight passageways. • No 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 corridors 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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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, as 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 Belle Fourche Adams Museum (p. 113) Deadwood Days of ’76 Museum (p. 113) Deadwood Historic Adams House (p. 113) Deadwood Tatanka Story of the Bison (p. 111) Deadwood High Plains Western Heritage Center Spearfish RAPID CITY Founding Fathers Museum of Geology SD School of Mines South Dakota Air and Space Museum (p. 21) Ellsworth AFB

The Days of ’76 Museum is home to one of the largest collections of horse-drawn vehicles in South Dakota.

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This year, break your family out of the city routine for an AllAmerican cowboy experience while you are on vacation. Saddle up the horses and get to the rodeo—it’s time for some real western fun. Rodeo action began in South Dakota in the late 1890’s when area ranchers competed against each other in everyday chores. Since then, rodeo has evolved into a nationwide sport. Calf roping, bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bronc riding are just a few of the events you can see at a rodeo this summer. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the nation compete in local, professional rodeos, several of which have been

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

RODEO EVENTS Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch June 10, 25 July 30, Aug. 19 Pennington County 4-H Rodeo, Wall June 24 SDHS Rodeo Finals Belle Fourche June 13-17 98th Annual Black Hills Roundup, Belle Fourche June 30-July 4 Wall Celebration July 6-8 NURC 4-H Rodeo New Underwood July 29-30 Days of ’76 Rodeo Deadwood July 25-29 Tucker Day Rodeo, Hill City August 13 Wild West Wednesdays Hart Ranch Rough Stock Series, Rapid City July 12-Aug. 30 (excluding Aug. 23) Central States Fair Rapid City August 18-27


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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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APEX GALLERY 500 E. St. Joseph, DAHL ARTS CENTER G-5 Classroom Building of SD 8 713 7th St. Largest School of Mines & Technology arts center in Western South campus. Gallery features a Dakota with five art galleries, challenging educational art and children’s interactive gallery, science exhibit rotated every and the 191-foot Cyclorama four to six weeks. Personnel Mural of American history. are available to answer Gift shop features local and questions. Guided tours may regional artists. Open Mon.-Fri., be arranged. Open during the 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. until 5 p.m. school year: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 Free admission. p.m. in the Classroom Bldg. MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY I-6 500 E. St. Joseph. Showcases local fossil specimens from the ancient Cretaceous seas of South Dakota. There is also a systematic collection of minerals from throughout 9

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THE JOURNEY MUSEUM H-4 222 New York St. Four unique prehistoric and historic collections allow you to see, hear, and touch history. Free admission for under 10 years. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 11

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On Rails

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. Or, 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.

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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. Many businesses and resorts offer rentals for the day or weekend throughout the Hills. 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 history. From the classics to current models, Cruisers, Corvettes, Studebakers, Mustangs, and more will call the Hills their home for part of this summer. You can see models of these various cars over the decades—just check for the weekend of “your rally” in the Black Hills.


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