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Dear Visitor We are so happy you have decided to check out the Black Hills in the offseason! We think you’ll have an amazing time and will bring memories home to cherish for years to come. There are many advantages to visiting the area in the fall and winter months, after the end of the traditional tourism season. Area attractions are less-crowded...but every bit as majestic! You’ll feel a connection to nature that you might not experience the rest of the year. No wonder these are many local residents’ favorite seasons. From scenic autumn drives to snow-covered landscapes, the Black Hills come to life this time of year. Whether indoors or out, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. Happy exploring!

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RESOURCES 2 Black Hills Area Map 4 Calendar of Events 32 Rapid City Map 46 Dining Guide 48 Beer & Wine Map 58 Coupons

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EXPLORE BY AREA 26 Rapid City 34 Deadwood 35 Custer 35 Keystone 36 Spearfish 36 Lead 37 Hill City 37 Hot Springs 37 Sturgis 38 Belle Fourche

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FEATURES 6 The Great Outdoors 10 Mount Rushmore 14 Crazy Horse Memorial 18 Custer State Park 22 The Mammoth Site 40 Sip & Savor 52 The Perfect Gift 56 History on Display 60 The Gold Rush 62 Along the Way


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Calendar OCTOBER

1-29 Farmer’s Market at Prairie Berry Winery Hill City 4-5 Oktoberfest Deadwood 5 Harvest Hop Deadwood 5 Bierborse Main Street Square Rapid City 6 Run Crazy Horse Crazy Horse Memorial 10-12 Wild West Songwriters Festival Deadwood 11 Raw Couture Performing Arts Center Rapid City 11-13 Black Hills Powwow Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City

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14 Native Amercans’ Day Celebration Crazy Horse Memorial 25-27 Deadweird Deadwood 26 Halloween Night Hike Custer State Park

11 Fee-Free Entrance to National Parks 16 Deadwood’s Big Whiskey Deadwood 23 Ice Rink Opening Rapid City

26 Pumpkin Fest Belle Fourche

29 Christmas Nights of Light Begins Storybook Island Rapid City

NOVEMBER

29-30 1880 Train Holiday Express Hill City

2 Annual Buffalo Auction Custer State Park

30 Holiday Celebration & Winter Market Main Street Square Rapid City

1-3 Girlfriends’ Weekend Hill City

9 Mountain West Beer Fest Rapid City 11 Veteran’s Day Ceremony Main Street Square Rapid City

30 Festival of Lights Parade Downtown Rapid City


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JANUARY

6-28 1880 Train Holiday Express Various Dates Hill City

18 Burning Beetle Custer

2 Custer Christmas Parade Custer

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7 Rapid City Rush Hockey n Hope & Teddy Bear Toss Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City 8 Chutes for Charity Holiday Tour of Homes Belle Fourche 14-15 Black Hills Cowboy Christmas Lead 31 Downtown Countdown Main Street Square Rapid City

1 First Day Hike Custer State Park

24-25 Deadwood Snocross Showdown Deadwood 24-Feb. 2 Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Rapid City 31-Feb. 2 Winterfest Lead

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14-16 Black Hills Sports Show & Outdoor Expo Rapid City 15 Sundance Winter Festival Sundance, WY 21-22 Mardi Gras Weekend Deadwood 26-29 Custer Restaurant Week Custer

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The Black Hills have plenty of festivals and special events during the fall and winter months.

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13-14 St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Deadwood

31 New Year’s Celebration Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City

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Get Out There Don’t let the colder weather keep you indoors—there’s plenty to see and do this time of year, as well!

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Think the Black Hills are best enjoyed during the warm summer months? Don’t let the colder weather keep you indoors—there’s plenty to see and do this time of year, too! Hiking There are more than 450 miles of hiking trails in the Black Hills National Forest. Favorite spots include Black Elk Peak, Cathedral Spires, Little Devils

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Tower, and the Mickelson Trail. You’ll marvel over majestic granite peaks and frozen lakes. Beautiful Spearfish Canyon features prime fall foliage viewing and, when the leaves are gone, awe-inspiring frozen waterfalls. Ice Fishing All lakes within the Black Hills National Forest are open


to ice fishing as soon as they freeze over and the ice is safe (typically mid-December). Prime spots include Sheridan Lake, Deerfield Reservoir, and Pactola Reservoir in the Central Hills; Roubaix Lake in the Northern Hills; and Stockade Lake in the Southern Hills. If you’ve never tried it before, look for shallow water, where fish are close to the surface, and never take the ice depth for granted— always test the location before driving

onto or drilling into the ice. Skiing & Snowshoeing South Dakota isn’t a prime skiing destination, making Terry Peak Ski Resort one of the region’s best-kept secrets. With 150” of annual snowfall, freshlygroomed slopes, and the highest vertical drops east of the Rockies, the mountain is a popular winter getaway for locals and visitors alike. Ski season usually begins around Thanksgiving weekend and runs

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

There’s no need to let the cold weather keep you indoors. The Black Hills offer plenty of activities sure to get your blood pumping during the fall and winter.

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through late March or early April. For a more leisurely experience, strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore nearly 60 miles of trails throughout the Black Hills National Forest. Area sporting goods shops have a large selection of gear; if you’re a novice, consider renting from a ski shop or winter recreation outlet first. Snowmobiling With 350 miles of marked, mapped, and groomed snowmobile trails, the Black Hills have garnered national attention as a premier snowmobiling destination. The network of trails meanders through ponderosa pine forests, canyons, and open meadows, and includes pit stops for gas and warming shelters. Trails are usually open from December 15 to March 31, but dates might change based on snow conditions. Biking The Centennial Trail, stretching from Bear Butte State Park to Wind Cave National Park, offers 111 miles of single-track riding options for mountain bikers and fat

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tire enthusiasts, with trailheads throughout the Hills that make great starting or stopping points. Other popular biking trails include the Mickelson Trail, Storm Mountain, Buzzards Roost, and ominouslynamed (but quite rideable) Bone Collector in Hisega. Geocaching For a free adventure that doubles as a good old-fashioned treasure hunt, the Black Hills area offers thousands of hidden caches throughout the region. Some are easy to find, while others require quite a bit of searching. This is a great family-friendly adventure perfect for anybody with a smartphone or GPS device. If you’re into the thrill of the hunt visit geocaching.com for a list of cache coordinates and treasure location information. Scenic Drives If it’s simply too cold out, the beauty of the Black Hills can be enjoyed from the comfort of your automobile. Spearfish Canyon is a must-see in the fall, when autumn colors paint the surrounding hillsides vibrant shades of gold and crimson. Take the 22-mile Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway (Route 14A) and allow yourself plenty of time to pull over and take pictures. Don’t miss out on the canyon’s picturesque waterfalls! The Needles Highway (US Hwy. 87), with its world-renowned granite spires and ponderosa pine forests, is another fantastic fall drive—be sure to complete it before snow closes it for the season (typically in midOctober). The 70-mile Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway features majestic “pigtail” bridges, granite tunnels, tight curves, and prime wildlife viewing.


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ATTRACTIONS MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL

A “Shrine of Democracy� Carved in Granite Discover a piece of history as you meet the presidents carved in stone. Your visit will be a lifetime treasure.

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

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


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President Calvin Coolidge formally dedicated the carving project of Mount Rushmore on August 10, 1927, and efforts continued on the carving for the next fourteen years. The carving was originally meant to include the bodies of the presidents down to their waists. Due to the lack of funds, the four figures were never completed.

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

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

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

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

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Mount Rushmore was originally envisioned to be Old West heroes carved into the Needles’ granite spires.

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An extensive construction project at Mount Rushmore began in the summer of 2019. The work addresses maintenance issues and safety improvements and is scheduled to last approximately 18 months. The memorial will remain open to visitors throughout the duration of the project, but access to certain areas, including the Grand View Terrace and Avenue of Flags, will be restricted. The anticipated completion date for all phases of construction is late 2020.

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

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

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


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Carving a Dream

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

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

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

From the beginning, Ruth (Ross) Ziolkowski supported Korczak


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

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

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

Today, the Dream from long ago 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, as well as many dedicated, skilled professionals. A project that began simply with a letter has grown into an icon of history, culture, and humanity; and it continues to impact the world.

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Experience the adventure Create memories as you discover up-close encounters with free-roaming wildlife in an outdoor enthusiast’s haven.

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

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U.S. President Calvin Coolidge made his "summer White House" in the park. In 1928 he announced from the Black Hills that he would not seek a second term in office.

autumn to winter and snow starts falling, the park’s magnificent wildlife becomes easier to spot. Bison are the most famous inhabitants of the park; some 1,300 of them wander the expansive grounds, sharing space with elk, deer, prairie dogs, antelope, coyotes, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wild turkeys, and a herd of friendly “begging” burros. Keep an eye out while you are exploring


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venture out on your own, hiking the Needles Highway when it’s closed to traffic during the winter months is an excellent way to get a closeup view of some of the park’s most iconic attractions, such as the Cathedral Spires rock formations and Needles Eye. Snowshoes are a great way to tackle the park’s plentiful snowfall. For a unique adventure, try something new, like ice fishing. The Custer State Park Visitor Center, opened in

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Thousands gather every year to watch as cowboys & cowgirls gather the herd during the annual Buffalo Roundup.

Temporary License (good for up to 7 days): $20 per vehicle, $10 per motorcycle

and do not approach the animals—they’re wild! For an up close and personal experience, sign up for a Jeep tour! They operate all year and can be requested even in the dead of winter. The winter enthusiast can take advantage of hiking trails that are open all year. Several guided hikes are offered during the colder months, including the “First Day Hike” held on January 1 and a trek over the Lover’s Leap Trail in February. If you’d rather

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bison once roamed the Great Plains, but were slaughtered nearly to the point of extinction by settlers. Conservation efforts have led to a slow but steady resurgence, with some 1,300 calling Custer State Park home.

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

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

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


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Ancient Wonders Come face-to-face with creatures from thousands of years ago as you visit this in situ museum exhibit in Hot Springs. It started more than 190,000 years ago; Ice Age fauna was

trapped and died in a springfed pond near the southwest edge of Hot Springs. It was discovered by chance in 1974. While excavating

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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 mammoth remains in the world.

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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 full size replicas of mammoths and the evolution of bison.

Fortunately, through the work of local citizens, 9.5 acres of land now known as The Mammoth Site was preserved as a resource for scientific study, and in 1980 the Site was added to the list of National Natural Landmarks in the United States. Today, the location is not only an attraction for visitors; it is an indoor working paleontological dig site and Accredited Museum, laboratory, and research facility where paleontologists and volunteers preserve these historical relics.


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Paleontologists work at The Mammoth Site year-round conducting research and continuing fossil excavation.

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 and an elevator in the Bonebed area and Exhibit Hall. Guided tours have a wireless Tour Guide system enabling visitors to have more access and a clear digital sound.

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Scientists are able to calculate how old mammoths were when they died based on their teeth.

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Vibrant culture with an array of events and local happenings, Rapid City offers endless activities for travelers of all ages.

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

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shops, boutiques, parks, galleries, restaurants, and family-friendly activities perfect for all ages. Stroll Through Town

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

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


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

Standing sentinel over town is Dinosaur Park, which features seven life-size concrete dinosaur replicas and spectacular views that stretch 100 miles. The park

In 1942, Rapid City Air Base (now 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 U.S. and will be the first base to house the new B-21 Raider stealth bomber, cementing its status as an important neighbor and contributor to the local economy.

Founded in 1885 to provide instruction in the mining industry, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a nationallyrecognized science and engineering research university. The school offers a 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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Experience big art downtown from sculptor Masayuki Nagase–The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water.

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of Wind and Water, a public art display carved out of granite by sculptor Masayuki Nagase. 21 pieces depicting the history of the Black Hills and Badlands line the Square.

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

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Main Street Square is a fun-filled public space in the heart of downtown. It’s host to a variety of free activities, including special events, art exhibitions, fairs, and concerts. During the winter, the square is transformed into an ice-skating rink. Strap on a pair of skates and enjoy an evening beneath the lights; in the warmer months, you’ll find children splashing around in the interactive fountains. Be sure to check out The Sculpture Project: Passage

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life-size concrete dinosaur statues overlook the town a popular draw for locals and tourists since 1936

When you’re ready for a break from city life, stop by one of Rapid City’s parks or green spaces, or venture outside the city limits. Just a short drive away, you will find yourself surrounded by two million acres of ponderosa pine forests, national parks, extensive trail systems, and breathtaking geological formations, providing easy access to plenty of outdoor activities. Go hiking, biking, climbing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing—and come back to town for drinks, dinner, nightlife, and a comfortable night’s sleep. Downtown shops offer a variety of unique, handmade arts and crafts


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Small Towns, Big History Deadwood The Luck of the Draw

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

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


Many of Deadwood's most notorious figures were laid to rest in Mount Moriah Cemetery overlooking the city, including Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, and Seth Bullock.

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

Keystone Home of the Presidents

This early mining town embraced tourism in 1927 when sculptor Gutzon Borglum chose nearby Mount Rushmore as the location for his monument to four American presidents. Today, Keystone boasts family-friendly attractions and a chance to sample local cuisine in a turn-of-the-century setting. Iron Mountain Road, with its famous "pigtail" bridges, is a favorite scenic drive.

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

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The Lakota called the Black Hills “Paha Sapa.” Seven Lakota Sioux tribes considered them home.

George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry were sent to the uncharted Black Hills in 1874 to find a location for a new fort and investigate the rumors of gold.

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Lead Mining Past, Scientific Future

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

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

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


Sturgis A Rider’s Paradise

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

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

it felt a century ago when riding the steam-powered 1880 Train through the Black Hills. Relax in one of the local wineries or craft breweries located within a few miles of the town center.

Hot Springs Make a Splash

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

The population in Sturgis swells to over 400,000 during the motorcycle rally, making it the largest city in South Dakota for 10 days.

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Winters in the Black Hills are milder than the surrounding Plains, comfortable enough for outdoor activities.

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

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For an authentic Western experience, treat the family to a chuckwagon dinner and show. You’ll be transported back in time to the rough and rowdy Old West while enjoying grilled meat, baked beans, and other side dishes popular with cowboys and early settlers.

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Buffalo

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

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

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

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Pasties Miners prized pasties for their portability. Tasty and filling, they provided a nourishing meal.

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

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Cookies ‘n cream was invented by dairy science students and the campus dairy plant manager at South Dakota State University in Brookings. It’s one of the most popular flavors.

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


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

Lefse This Norwegian flatbread is made with potatoes, butter, flour, and cream. It’s cooked on a griddle, rolled up, and served with a little butter and sugar.

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Dakota Martini The Dakota Martini is a combination of beer and tomato juice garnished with green olives or pickle spears and an optional splash of olive juice. If this sounds suspiciously similar to a red beer, aficionados swear that pimentostuffed olives set it apart. Mocktails Love the flavor of cocktails but looking to cut back on calories? Order your favorite drink as a mocktail instead. Most bartenders are happy to make nonalcoholic versions of classic drinks, substituting ingredients like club soda and apple cider. Some are so flavorful you might never go back to your old-fashioned OldFashioned! It’s in the Water Brewmasters in the Black Hills swear the local water is what gives their beers a unique flavor. These craft brews truly are one-of-a-kind drinks you won’t want to miss.

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

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

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HILL CITY Alpine Inn 133 Main St. 605.574.2749 Dinner Fri - Sat to 5pm to 10pm Homey atmosphere steeped in old-world charm

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEAD Cheyenne Crossing’s Stage Stop Cafe US 14-A Spearfish Canyon Road 605.584.3510 Black Hills hospitality and country home cooking


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

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

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

RAPID CITY Golden Phoenix 2421 W. Main St. 605.348.4195 Chinese restaurant serving all the classic dishes

RAPID CITY & GILLETTE Ruby Tuesday Rapid City - 821 Fairmont Blvd. 605.343.1700 Gillette – 420 E. Boxelder Rd. 307.682.0707

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

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Take Home Memories of the Black Hills Souvenirs

and mementoes from your vacation will remind you of the good times for years to come. The Black Hills are home to a variety of signature products you won’t find anywhere else, including originals reflecting the area’s indigenous culture and mining history. Museum and visitor’s center gift shops, galleries, and specialty stores offer keepsakes for all ages, from toys and games to fossils and fine art. Artwork

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Many talented artists live and work right here in the Black Hills. You can find their work alongside that of nationally-renowned artists in art galleries, boutiques, and museums throughout the Hills. Traditional drums, original paintings, mixed-media sculptures, pottery, leatherwork, textiles, clothing, and other handmade items all make one-of-a-kind souvenirs you will be proud to display back home. Going for Gold

Gold has been synonymous with the Black Hills

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Can't fit your gift into your luggage for the flight home? No worries! Ask the retailer for their shipping options.

Vintage lovers will find treasures galore in the region’s many antique and collectibles shops. Stop by a tiny, one-room mom-and-pop operation while out on a scenic drive or spend hours strolling through a multilevel antique mall.

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If brand names are more your speed, the largest collections can be found at Rushmore Mall (I-90 exit 58) and Rushmore Crossing (exit 60) in Rapid City. However, don’t forget to venture out and explore the locallyowned shops and boutiques in communities throughout the Black Hills.

since 1874. Why not take a piece or two home? The manufacturers of Black Hills Gold Jewelry offer a diverse selection of locally-produced items. The signature hues (yellow/pink/green) are created by mixing pure gold with copper and silver. Artisans then design their own patterns of grapes, leaves, and stems, often adding gemstones, as well. You can feel secure that shops marketing Black Hills Gold are legitimate dealers. A Taste of South Dakota

Cherish the flavors of South Dakota long after you’ve returned home; food, wine, and beer make great gifts or personal indulgences. Create a unique, personalized gift basket chock full of regional specialties—the sky’s the limit. You might combine buffalo, elk, smoked pheasant, turkey, and beef salami with cheese (try some curds), crackers, and pretzels. Or opt for sweets like candy, jam, jellies, honey, cookies, and nut butters. Don’t forget locally-made wines and beer. A Piece of History

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Vintage lovers will find treasures galore in antique and collectibles shops. Whether you visit a tiny mom-and-pop store or stroll through a multi-level antique mall, you’re sure to discover unique memorabilia.

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


My Gr andma went to South Dakota, AND LOOK WHAT SHE GOT ME! Located in Rapid City, Kicks & Giggles Baby and Kids boutique is your Black Hills destination for all things baby to toddler to kids: apparel (newborn to 6Y) and gifts for the little ones you cherish.

CLOTHES * SHOES * BOOKS * TOYS * GEAR “Seriously. What an amazing store. We made a quick stop in Rapid City before heading home and we are glad we did! We have tons of baby boutiques in Denver but this tops all the ones we’ve been to.” –Dan P. from Denver, CO @kgbabysd

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MUSEUMS EXAMINE THE PAST

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

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


Both the Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City and the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City showcase extensive fossil collections and historical artifacts.

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

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

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

All Things Transport The Black Hills are a popular destination for motor rallies of all kinds, from classic cars and hot rods to motorcycles and locomotives. Look to the skies, too—there are plenty of aviationthemed exhibits next to Ellsworth Air Force Base. Visit our calendar on page 4 for a list of events to pair with your museum experience.

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

In the foreground is the largest turtle ever discovered, an extinct marine reptile called an Achelon. Long-necked Plesiosaurs were inspiration for the Loch Ness Monster myth.

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HISTORY WHERE IT BEGAN

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The Black Hills Gold Rush The Black Hills Gold Rush began in 1874, when Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led a group of over 1,000 men from Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory (present-day Bismarck, North Dakota) to the Black Hills. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were tasked with finding a suitable location for an Army fort and investigating whether rumors of gold were true. They were, indeed. Gold was discovered in French Creek, just outside of the town that would eventually be named after Custer. This prompted a dispatch announcing the discovery; the news was carried by courier to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and telegraphed to the press. The Black Hills Gold Rush was on! Despite the treaty prohibiting white settlement, prospectors descended upon the Black Hills in pursuit of riches. Significant amounts of placer gold—loose pieces mixed in with rock and dirt—were found in Deadwood Gulch. Prospectors eyed the quartz and rock outcroppings around the mining camps for its source. On April 9, 1876, brothers Fred and Moses Manuel, along with Hank Harney and Alex Engh, discovered a sizeable vein of gold-bearing ore near present-day Lead. They staked a claim and named it the Homestake Mine, selling it to a group of investors the following year for $70,000. Their discovery ended up being

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Custer and his 7th Cavalry were given less than two months to travel to the Black Hills, find a location for a fort, search for gold, and return home.

the most significant gold vein in American history, yielding over 40 million ounces of gold valued at more than $1 billion dollars over the next 125 years. Other prospectors hoped to find the next Homestake, but most of the gold in the region was chemically bound to the rock, making it difficult and costly to remove. Few operations were profitable and most closed quickly. Only the mighty Homestake prospered, eventually closing in 2002. The spirit of the Black Hills Gold Rush lives on to this day; you’ll still spot the occasional panner working the streams for small flecks of gold, inspired by the same fever that drove thousands of men to the region more than a century ago.


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ACROSS THE STATE SOUTH DAKOTA TO WYOMING

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

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

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

Rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming is a unique geological figure. The Lakota named this area “land bad” and FrenchCanadian fur trappers agreed; the extreme weather and rugged terrain made it “bad lands to travel through.” Dignity of Earth and Sky, honors the women of the Lakota and Dakota Nations.

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

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AD INDEX SOUTH DAKOTA TO WYOMING

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RAPID CITY

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Again Books ......................................................29

CUSTER Blue Bell Lodge ......................................21, C, DL

Black Hills Coupon Book ............................46, C Black Hills Escape Rooms ..........................30, C

Blue Bell Stables .......................................... 21, C

Flags and Wheels Indoor Racing................29, C

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

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

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

Golden Phoenix .........................................50, DL

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

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

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

Main Street Square .......................................... 31

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Silverado Franklin Hotel and Gaming .47, C, DL

St. Joe Antiques .............................................. 39

Silverado Grand Buffet ............................. 47, DL

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

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

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark .....................29, C, DL

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Cheyenne Crossing’s Stage Stop Cafe...46, DL

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

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

Miner Brewing Co. . ......................................... 49

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

Prairie Berry Winery ........................................ 49

HOT SPRINGS Evans Plunge Mineral Springs ...................24, C

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

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce..............25

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

KEYSTONE Gold Diggers Jewelry ....................................1, C

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