Southern Hills Vacation Guide 2023

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Southern Hills Vacation Guide

HILL CITY • HOT SPRINGS • KEYSTONE • CUSTER 2023 75 YEARS OF BUILDING THE DREAM
Photo ©Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

Mountain Carving in Progress

Museums | Mountain Carving Gallery

Sculptor’s Home & Studio | Modern & Historical Art & Artifacts

Native American Artists & Performers (in season)

Restaurant | Gift Shop

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VISIT OUR COMMUNITIES

Small in size, but not in heart. Our Southern Hills communities are bursting with fun and excitement for your entire family. We’re your destination for history, adventure, outdoor memories, wellness and so much more!

32 Hill City

Hiking, biking, ATV and UTV riding

— Hill City is perfect for your next outdoor adventure! Count on the Heart of the Hills as the perfect place to make memories

50 Hot Springs

Enjoy the serenity of the living waters all around Hot Springs. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, relax and reconnect with the important things in life

66 Keystone

Gold mining, Old West history and modern day thrills: Keystone does everything big and leaves you with monumental memories of your visit.

80 Custer

Land, water and air all converge in the pristine wilderness surrounding Custer, and the town itself is home to a foodie haven.

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YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS

We’re home to bucket list sites like Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial®, but allow us to add onto that list: we have one of the top 10 longest bike trails west of the Mississippi, the second largest bison herd in the nation and an active dig site with fossils as old as the Ice Age.

16 Mount Rushmore National Memorial

America’s Shrine of Democracy is a must-see while you’re here. Don’t miss the Sculptor’s Studio to discover the history of the mountain.

20 Crazy Horse Memorial®

Visit history in the making at the largest in-progress carving in the world. The Memorial is now a home for the history and culture of over 300 Native Nations.

24 Custer State Park

The largest state park in South Dakota covers over 70,000 acres. Discover the adventure of this natural wonder and encounter wildlife in a truly authentic way.

26 The Mammoth Site

Over 60 mammoths have been discovered, with more exciting discoveries happening every day!

28 George S. Mickelson Trail

From railroad to bike path, the Mickelson Trail has become a beloved stretch of 109 miles through the Black Hills.

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WE ARE THE SOUTHERN HILLS

The Southern Hills communities are all distinctly unique, and each offers our own perspective on what makes the Black Hills great. Together, we feel like parts of one small town with a long, winding main street connecting us.

We’re home to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial®, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Wind Cave National Park, but also dozens of shops, restaurants, breweries — the list goes on. We are surrounded by some of our nation’s most breathtaking scenery and miles of trails that will help you explore it. No matter what pursuit brings you here, we know that you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more.

Hill City

As the Heart of the Hills, we’ll keep your blood pumping. We’re the perfect place to launch into the beautiful Black Hills — whether you’re hiking, biking or in a UTV — hit the trail in style. In town, enjoy legendary hospitality while you wine, dine and shop your way to a perfect vacation full of outdoor memories.

Hot Springs

The Black Hills is exciting, with adventure around every turn; Hot Springs is where you can slow down and reconnect. Come find healing in our hot springs, explore our historical architecture and let our boutique restaurants fuel your body. We are your wellness and relaxation destination, so come decompress and enjoy a more peaceful pace — you may never want to leave.

Keystone

Miners, carvers, modern innovators of all kinds: Keystone is home to historical legends, but also your home base for making memories. Walk in the footsteps of the past around town, then forge your own path. We’ll welcome you and your family with standard South Dakota hospitality, but we certainly put our own Old West spin on everything.

Custer

We are your headquarters for adventure from all perspectives: over land, on the water and through the air. When you’ve worked up an appetite from exploring the beautiful Black Hills, come see us for food and drinks that will tease your tastebuds and keep you coming back for more.

Have questions?

If you would like more information on the Southern Hills, please give one of our Chamber of Commerces a call.

Hill City: 605.574.2368

Hot Springs: 605.745.4140

Keystone: 605.666.4896

Custer: 605.673.2244

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ATTRACTION ROUTE

On this well-traveled route, you will be able to find your way to main attractions like Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial® and Custer State Park. This route also includes two of the most popular scenic drives in the Hills — Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road.

SOUTHERN LOOP

If you’re heading from Custer to Hot Springs, this route is a great path to take. This route includes stops like Crazy Horse Memorial®, the city of Custer and a section of Custer State Park. Make sure to check out Wind Cave National Park, too.

SOUTHERN HILLS VACATION GUIDE 9 HILL CITY KEYSTONE ROCKERVILLE CUSTER HOT SPRINGS BUFFALO GAP Jewel Cave Nat’l Monument Wind Cave Angostura State Recreation Area Mammoth Site Custer State Park 244 385 87 36 40 PRINGLE EDGEMONT 385 385 18 18 385 385 471 16 16 71 87 16 16A 16A 16A Mount Rushmore Crazy Horse Memorial 79 89 89 89 Wind Cave National Park 79 385 Sheridan Lake Angostura Reservoir Cold Brook Reservoir Cottonwood Reservoir Stockade Lake Legion Lake Center Lake Bismark Lake RapidCity WildlifeLoopRoad IronMountainRoad NeedlesHighway

WHAT’S HAPPENING

APRIL

1 Hill City Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, Hill City

1 HC Lions Club Easter Bingo, Hill City

8 Easter Egg Hunt, Hot Springs

9 Hill City Senior Sunday Breakfast, Hill City

14-16 The Farmer’s Daughter 18th Anniversary Celebration, Hill City

15 Holistic Fair, Hot Springs

15-17 Spring Fling Vendor Show, Keystone

22 11th Anniversary Celebration, Things That Rock, Hill City

22 Earth Day Rummage Sale, Hot Springs

22 HS Concert AssocCopper Street Brass, Hot Springs

22 Roar Against Cancer, Tin City Saloon, Hill City

28 Mammoth Site Annual Fundraiser, Hot Spring

MAY

May 1-Sept. 30 Native American Artist in Residence, Crazy Horse Memorial®

6 Spring Fling Home Show, Hot Springs

6 Great American Clean-Up, Hot Springs

11-14 The Handbag Store 10th Anniversary Celebration, Hill City

13 1880 Train, Opening Day, Hill City

13-14 Best of Hill City Mother’s Day Weekend, Hill City

14 Hill City Senior Sunday Breakfast, Hill City

14 Mother’s Day Special, 1880 Train, Hill City

19-21 9th Annual Black Hills International Sound of Silence Tesla Road Trip, Custer

20-22 Custer State Park

Open House – Free Park Entrance & Fishing

26 Wine Walk & Putt, Hot Springs

May 26-Sept. 30 Legends in Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial®

May 26-Sept. 30

Daily Native American Performances, Crazy Horse Memorial®

May 27 - Sept. 30 Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore National Memorial

27-28 ArtForms 25th Anniversary Celebration, ArtForms Gallery, Hill City

27 SD Goddess Classic, Hot Springs

29 Stars, Stripes & Steps, Hot Springs

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JUNE

All Month: Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore National Memorial

All Month: Legends In Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Native American Artist in Residence, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Saturday Custer

Farmers’ Market, Custer

3 Spring Volksmarch, Crazy Horse Memorial®

3 National Trails Day, Custer State Park

3 Big Thunder Gold Mine 65th Anniversary, Keystone

4 75th Anniversary Celebration Program 10a- 12p. Activities throughout the day at Crazy Horse Memorial®

9-11 5th Annual Off-Road Rally, Custer

10 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

10 The Big Mick, Mickelson Trail

13-15 Mickelson Trail Summer Trek, Mickelson Trail

16-18 Gift from Mother Earth Art Show, Crazy Horse Memorial®

17-18 Fine Arts in The Hills Show & Sale, Hill City

17-18 Friends of Library Book Sale, Hill City Public Library, Hill City

17 Summer Flea Market, Boyd’s World-Famous Antiques and Uniques, Custer

17 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

22 - 25 Southern Hills Renaissance Fair, Hot Springs

23-25 Main Street Arts & Crafts Fair, Hot Springs

24 Black Hills Bistro & Friends Summer Concert Series, Black Hills Bistro, Hill City

26 Evening Event to Honor Ruth Ziolkowski & Battle of Little Bighorn, Crazy Horse Memorial®

JULY

All Month: Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore National Memorial

All Month: Legends In Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Native American Artist in Residence, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Saturday Custer

Farmers’ Market, Custer

1 Star-Spangled Saturday Independence Holiday Celebration, Hill City

1 10am Star-Spangled Parade, Main St.; 1p-6p Pie/ Ice Cream Social/Music Visitor Info Center, Hill City

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3 Street Dance, Hot Springs

3-4 July 4th Festivities, Custer

4 Patriots’ Parade & Fireworks Show, Custer

4 Firecracker Races, Parade, Community Picnic, Duck Race, Fireworks, Hot Springs

15 Black Hills Bistro & Friends Summer Concert Series, Black Hills Bistro, Hill City

15 Summer Flea Market, Boyd’s World-Famous Antiques and Uniques, Custer

15 The Black Hills Raptor Center, The Farmer’s Daughter, Hill City

19 Hill City Trolley on the Trail

21-23 100th Annual Gold Discovery Days, Custer

AUGUST

All Month: Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore National Memorial

All Month: Legends In Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Native American Artist in Residence, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Saturday Custer Farmers’ Market, Custer

3 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

3-12 Hill City Seniors Biker Breakfast, HC Center, Hill City

4-13 Custer Cruisin’, Custer

8 Custer Cruisin’ 24th Annual Mayor’s Ride, Custer

10-13 Custer County Fair, Hermosa

19 Black Hills Bistro & Friends Summer Concert Series, Black Hills Bistro, Hill City

19 Summer Flea Market, Boyd’s World-Famous Antiques and Uniques, Custer

19 Community-Wide Rummage Sale, Custer

19 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

19-20 Lean Horse 100 Ultra Marathon, Southern Black Hills

25-26 Wine, Brew & BBQ, Hill City

26 Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

25-27 Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival, Hot Springs

SEPTEMBER

All Month: Evening Lighting Ceremony, Mount Rushmore National Memorial

All Month: Legends In Light Laser Show, Crazy Horse Memorial®

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The Southern Hills are breathtaking, but even more so from the air. The Fall River Hot Air Ballon Festival gives visitors a chance to hitch a ride on a hot air balloon each August.

All Month: Native American Artist in Residence, Crazy Horse Memorial®

All Month: Saturday Custer Farmers’ Market, Custer

1 Sturgis Mustang Rally, Hill City

2 Southern Hills Triathlon, Hot Springs

3 Studebaker Car Show, Custer

3 2nd Annual Hill City Lions Club Rubber Duck Race, Hill City

6 Hill City Trolley on the Trail, Hill City

6 Evening Event to Honor Korczak Ziolkowski & Death of Crazy Horse, Crazy Horse Memorial®

8-9 Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch, Hill City

9 2nd Annual Hobo Stew Benefit, SD State Railroad Museum, Hill City

9 Black Hills Bistro & Friends Summer Concert Series, Black Hills Bistro, Hill City

9 Wine Express, 1880 Train, Hill City

9-10 Friends of Library Book Sale, Hill City

9-10 Hill City Quilt Show & Sale, Hill City

10 Hill City Senior Sunday Breakfast, Hill City

11 911 Grand Stair Challenge, Hot Springs

15-17 Mickelson Trail Trek, Mickelson Trail

16 Summer Flea Market, Boyd’s World-Famous Antiques and Uniques, Custer

16 Keystone Hometown Celebration, Keystone

16 Gateway Classic, Hot Springs

21-23 Plein Art Paint Out, Hill City

23 Rails to Ales, Custer

26 Fossil Fright Night, Hot Springs

28-30 30th Annual Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, Custer State Park

29 58th Annual Buffalo Roundup, Custer State Park

29- Oct. 1 Black Hills Film Festival, Hill City & Hot Springs

30 Oktoberfest Express, 1880 Train, Hill City

OCTOBER

All Month: Saturday Custer Farmers’ Market, Custer

1 Black Hills Film Festival, Hill City & Hot Springs

1 Autumn Volksmarch, Crazy Horse Memorial®

7 Paint Hill City Pink, Twisted Pine Winery & Beer Tasting Room, Hill City

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Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they drive the herd of approximately 1,400 buffalo at the 58th annual Buffalo Roundup in September.

8 Hill City Senior Sunday Breakfast, Hill City Center, Hill City

8 Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon, Crazy Horse Memorial®

9 Native Americans’ Day, Crazy Horse Memorial®

20 Korczak Ziolkowski Remembrance Day, Crazy Horse Memorial®

20-21 Halloween Night Hike & Haunted House, Custer State Park

27 Hill City Main Street Merchant Trick-or-Treat; Boys & Girls Club Annual Halloween Carnival, Hill City

28 Hill City Children’s Boo Bash & Pumpkin Festival, Hill City

31 Merchant’s Trick or Treat, Hot Springs

31 Merchant’s Trick or Treat, Custer

NOVEMBER

3-5 Hill City Girlfriends’ Weekend, Hill City

4 Small Vendor Fair, Hot Springs

4 58th Annual Bison Auction, Custer State Park

12 Hill City Senior Sunday Breakfast, Hill City Center, Hill City

24 Hill City Olde Tyme Christmas Parade & Visit Santa Before Parade, Main Street & Hill City Center

24-25 Kris Kringle Craft Fair & Bazaar, Hill City

24-30 Olde Tyme Christmas at participating businesses; Lane of Lights Viewing, Hill City

24-30 Trees & Trains Exhibit, SD State Railroad Museum, Hill City (selected dates)

24-30 Holiday Express & Holiday Express Spiked, 1880 Train, Hill City (selected dates)

24-Jan. 2 7th Annual Festival of Trees, Custer State Park

DECEMBER

1-30 Olde Tyme Christmas & Lane of Lights Viewing, Hill City

1-30 Trees & Trains Exhibit, SD State Railroad Museum, Hill City (selected dates)

1-31 Holiday Express & Holiday Express Spiked, 1880 Train, Hill City (seleted dates)

1 & 2 Christmas in the Hills, Hot Springs

1 Christmas Cookie Cruise, Hot Springs

2 Custer Christmas Parade, Custer

10 Hill City Senior Sunday Breakfast, Hill City Center, Hill City

16 Santa Hat Shopping Spree, Hot Springs

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Get up close and personal with Crazy Horse Memorial® during the Volksmarch held in June and October.
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EXPERIENCE THE GRANDEUR

It’s a bucket list item for Americans and foreigners alike — there are few sculptures in the world that are as impressive as the Shrine of Democracy.

While most of South Dakota’s economy is powered by agriculture, the Black Hills aren’t as conducive to farming. Mount Rushmore was originally designed to bring tourists to the area and boost the local economy. Beginning with a vision of carving Old West heroes into the granite spires of the Needles, South Dakota State Historian Doane Robinson drew the attention of talented sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

After much consideration and conversation, the project

was moved to Rushmore Mountain featuring four presidents representing the first 150 years of American History. Now, almost 80 years after its completion, it is one of the most popular national memorials in the country.

Shaping the Granite

Mount Rushmore is the perfect balance of art and engineering. Every inch of the faces was pulled out of the mountain using dynamite, drilled into shape and finally finished by hand.

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Jefferson is credited with bringing ice cream to the U.S. — you can sample his recipe at the Carvers’ Cafe. There is a nightly lighting ceremony during summer months, including a patriotic video and flag folding. Carver Gutzon Borglum died before his masterpiece was completed, but his son Lincoln made sure it was finished.

The process took 14 years and the hard work of over 400 men and women to complete.

Gutzon Borglum’s original design had the four presidents carved down to their torsos. A combination of unsuitable rock, lack of funding and the escalation of WWII caused the drilling to stop and for Borglum’s original design to be abbreviated (be sure to visit the Sculptor’s Studio at the memorial to see a model of the original design for yourself). In the fall of 1941,

the memorial was officially declared finished.

Planning Your Visit

After you park, make your way up the grand set of stairs to the Avenue of Flags. The flags of each state, territory or commonwealth are positioned in alphabetical order. Make sure to take a photo with your state or territory’s flag, and then head towards the amphitheater viewing deck (it’s quite the sight at sunset).

Don’t miss the evening Lighting Ceremony held

FUN FACTS:

Carvers had to climb 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to start their day.

President Jefferson was originally on Washington’s other side, but that rock wasn’t suitable for carving. Jefferson was blasted off the mountain and relocated.

Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln were chosen to represent our nation’s birth, growth, development and preservation, respectively.

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nightly beginning the Friday before Memorial Day through September 30. Military members and veterans are invited on stage to participate in the flag-folding ceremony.

The Presidential Trail is a great way to get up close to the presidents if you’re ready for a short walk — just know there are 422 stairs involved.

Park rangers will be spread throughout the park; take advantage of their knowledge and join a walking tour! Kids can become Junior Rangers during their visit to Mount

Rushmore. Just grab a booklet at an information booth to get started. If your kids complete all of the challenges in the booklet, make sure they pick up a certificate from the Visitor Center to commemorate their achievement.

After you walk through all there is to see outside, visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, where you can see a 14 minute film about the creation of the mountain. You’ll be amazed as you venture through interactive exhibits and the short film in one of the theaters. You can even rent a multimedia

hand-held photo/video tour or an audio tour wand as you go through.

Before you leave, stop at the gift shop to pick up a memento. Then, grab a bite to eat at Carver’s Cafe. Enjoy a meal with a presidential view or simply a sweet treat of Thomas Jefferson ice cream — based on the first written recipe for the summertime dessert in the United States.

Over two million visitors each year make the trek to this iconic monument. Make sure to carve out some time during your trip to the Southern Hills. This is is a stop you won’t soon forget.

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CARVING A DREAM

The Purpose

The Dream of Crazy Horse Memorial® began in 1939 when Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear asked sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to create a Memorial to pay tribute to American Indians. Standing Bear and others chose Lakota warrior Crazy Horse to be the subject.

In May of 1947, Korczak started the project with only $174. On June 3, 1948, a group of people gathered near Crazy Horse Mountain, previously known as Thunderhead Mountain, to

witness the first blast. In the early years, Korczak, his wife Ruth, and their ten children were responsible for Mountain progress and visitor center operations. In 1982, Korczak passed away, leaving Ruth and the children to continue the work. In 2014, Ruth passed away but had laid groundwork to ensure the Memorial was in good hands with Ziolkowski family members, a dedicated Board of Directors, and talented staff and management.

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Chief Henry Standing Bear and Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s dream continues in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Two theatres show the mustsee, 26-minute video “What is Crazy Horse.” On June 3, 1948, the first blast on the Mountain took place. Take a piece of the Mountain home with you when you visit the Original Lobby. All Photos ©Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

STATS

Entire Carving

641’ long x 563’ high

Horse’s Head

219’ high (22 stories)

Horse’s Mane

62 feet high

Horse’s Ears

54 feet long

75 Years of the Dream

This is the year to visit Crazy Horse Memorial®. Your visit to the Southern Hills won’t be complete without a stop at the Memorial during

this monumental year of celebration.

June 3, 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the first blast on the Mountain. In that time, the largest Mountain Carving In Progress has come alive with Crazy Horse’s Face and much of his Left Hand and Arm.

In addition to regularly scheduled events, a celebration open to the public will take place June 4th, 2023. Please visit www.crazyhorse.org to start planning your visit!

More to Discover

The Carving is certainly the most visible aspect of Chief Standing Bear and Korczak’s Dream, but visitors are able to spend hours discovering the history and culture of the Native American while visiting the Memorial.

The Indian Museum of North America® is home to a large collection of art and artifacts that is sure to inspire and educate any visitor. And special performances can be enjoyed throughout the season, too, from a variety

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of Indigenous cultures. The Museum, designed to complement the story being told in stone on the Mountain, presents the lives of American Indians and preserves Native Cultures for future generations.

The Museum collection was started with a single display donated in 1965 by Charles Eder, AssiniboineSioux, from Montana. That donation is still on display. Today, thousands of visitors and locals alike enjoy artisan displays, film showings in the theatres, and entertainment throughout the year. Make

sure to stop by Korczak’s Heritage, Inc. Gift Shop and purchase a memento to take home to remember your trip to the Memorial.

Once you’ve completed your tour through the displays of artwork, head outside to the viewing deck. Here, you can use the binoculars to watch carvers work on the Mountain. You can also study the full model here to envision the completed Memorial.

The Restaurant

If you’re in need of a hearty meal after your visit, don’t leave Crazy Horse

Memorial® without first stopping into Laughing Water Restaurant® . Enjoy local favorites like Native American Tacos or slow-cooked buffalo stew — both served on homemade fry bread.

The Dream of preserving and honoring the living heritage of the North America Indian began in 1948 and is being carried on today. You are a part of history in the making when you visit this beautiful place. Treasure the memories and make it part of your next Southern Hills adventure.

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WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

Expect at least 60 minutes for the wildlife loop. Plan for extra if you can; you just might get caught in a buffalo traffic jam!

Custer State Park is the oldest and largest state park in South Dakota. We were once home to a zoo, but we’ve ditched the cages and we invite you to frolic in our spectacular open wilderness.

Captivating Critters

sheep, mountain goats, pronghorns, prairie dogs and two species of deer. We have a small pack of burros, too. They’re descended from a herd that used to take visitors up Black Elk Peak, but now they mostly pose for photos and beg for snacks like carrots or apples.

Bison give birth every spring. The light, orangish-brown hair of the babies has earned them the nickname “cinnamons.” Visitors should only offer healthy snacks like carrots or apples to the begging burros. No junk food, please.

We are home to the secondlargest bison herd in the country. We can’t guarantee you’ll see them — we have over 71,000 acres of land — but your chances are better here than anywhere else.

The park is also home to elk, coyotes, bighorn

Take a Drive

We have three stunning drives around the park, and we hope you’ll have time for all of them.

Wildlife Loop is where you’ll get to see the animals that call Custer

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“Home on the Range” might as well have been inspired by Custer State Park. Come see some of the most iconic wildlife in America.

STAY A WHILE

There are many options for lodging in the park, including 9 campgrounds, 5 lodges and 6 wellappointed cabins and ranch houses. Wherever you stay, you’ll have stunning views.

The Game Lodge is worth a stop even if you don’t stay, but if you do you’ll be in good company:

President Eisenhower stayed for a weekend, and

President Coolidge stayed so long in 1927 it was known as the “Summer White House.”

State Park home. Wildlife is unpredictable, so you’ll likely encounter new species with every visit. Make sure to keep your distance with any animals you might spot on your drive.

Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway are all about the scenery. Iron Mountain Road was intentionally crafted to showcase all the best parts of the Black Hills to visitors. They’ll take you an hour each, but they’re can’t-miss masterpieces of engineering that prove that roads can be enjoyed as works of art.

Buffalo Herd

Nearly 1,400 buffalo Buffalo Safari

Jeep Tour available

Visit & Learn

Custer State Park Visitor Center located at the junction of US Hwy 16A and Wildlife Loop Rd.

Weekly Park License

$20 per vehicle

Annual Park License

$36 for first vehicle, $18 for the second.

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EXCAVATION AND RESEARCH

See creatures from thousands of years ago as you visit this active palaeontological excavation in Hot Springs.

With a giant mammoth greeting you at the road, The Mammoth Site is an ancient treasure that you won’t want to miss while you’re visiting the Southern Hills. This active dig site is a unique stop that you won’t find anywhere else across the nation.

The Ice Age and Beyond

Researchers from all over the world visit this stateof-the-art research facility to learn more about the Ice Age. To date, 61 mammoths have been discovered and excavated here, along with the remains of two giant

short-faced bears, camel, llama, and a vast amount of invertebrates.

When you visit, you’ll start at the Learning Center. Opening its doors in 2015, the Center includes two 53-seat theaters where you will be able to view a 10-minute introductory video. The film walks you through the history of each of the findings at the Site.

After seeing the film, walk around the in site exhibits (fossils still in place from where they had been originally found) and watch the scientists and crew as they work to uncover new discoveries about the

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Check out their educational programs like the The Family Dig, Kids’ Digs and Atlatl Program!
Enjoy a
bite
to
eat at the Bonebed Bistro, which offers a variety of food including pizza, hot dogs, nachos, and daily specials. The most recent analysis estimates the Site is more than 140,000 years old.

Ice Age. Tour the facility via accessible walkways that provide a close-up view of the fossils and the work being conducted at the Site. The Mammoth Site is an accredited museum and a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

As an accredited museum, the Mammoth Site abides by the strict research and museum standards set out by the American Alliance of Museums, the gold standard in research facilities. The Mammoth Site is one of only two museums in the Black Hills that are accredited.

HOURS

Open year round ADMISSION

Children ages 3 & under: Free

Children ages 4-12: $11

Active & Retired Military: $11

Adult: $14

Ages 60 & Over: $12

All prices include tax (group rates available)

THE DIG SITE

9.5 acres

58 Columbian mammoths

3 woolly mammoths

Tour at your own pace with a self-guided tour, courtesy of pamphlets provided by The Mammoth Site or by scanning the self-guided QR codes at each stop. Explore at your own pace as you make your way to the Ice Age Exhibit Hall featuring a working lab, full size replicas of mammoths, short videos, and site history. Visit the prep Laboratory where you can view work being done.

Learn more about nature and geology in the Black Hills when you travel back in time while walking the Botany and Geology Walkways.

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HOT ON THE TRAIL

Looking for a little exercise on your Southern Hills Vacation? You’ve come to the right place. The Southern Hills provides unlimited hiking, biking, camping, climbing and horseback riding opportunities — ranging from the gentle to the extreme.

The longest, yet most accessible trail, is the George S. Mickelson Trail, providing unmatched views of Black Hills scenery over its route between Edgemont and Deadwood. Gentle grades and surfacing make it ideal for hiking, biking and

horseback riding. Signage along the nearly 110-mile trail illustrates the trail’s environmental, railroad and historical significance.

From Rail to Trail

Gold was discovered in the Hills in the 1870s, and the railroad followed shortly after as a means for transporting mined materials. By 1930 almost all of the narrow gauge lines throughout the Black Hills were abandoned, due in large part to the closure of the majority of our mines. The remaining

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The George S. Mickelson Trail meanders, twists and weaves through the Southern Hills. Discover this nationally acclaimed trail for yourself. There are 15 established trailheads along the trail, each with vaulted toilets, parking and seating. The trail was renamed for the late Governor George Mickelson after his death in a plane crash in April of 1993. While it took less than 1 year to build the railroad line in the early 1890s, it took more than 15 years to develop the George S. Mickelson Trail.

lines throughout the area were almost completely abandoned by the 1980s. Luckily, a conservancy group saw potential in our defunct railways, and with the backing of then-governor George S. Mickelson — who included the idea in his 1986 campaign — the project got off the ground.

The trail features hardrock tunnels, trestles, deep cuts and canyons, and seems to blend perfectly with the surrounding scenery. A rare combination of local, state and national groups, businesses, governmental

agencies and individuals joined forces to complete the entire trail in 1998.

Hitting the Trail

The Mickelson Trail is generally 10 feet wide with a crushed limestone and gravel surface. Services and conveniences are available at certain stops and communities along the route. Interpretative signage is located at numerous points. For much of its length the trail winds through the pines, native grasses, limestone formations and wildlife habitats of the Black

Hills National Forest. While cyclists are not required by law to wear helmets, the use of such protective headgear is recommended. Be mindful of traffic laws and of your responsibility as a cyclist.

Trail Passes can be purchased online or at self-service kiosks at each trailhead

Daily: $4 daily (required per person ages 12 and over)

Annual: $15 (required per person ages 12 and over)

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DON’T MISS

SEE. SHOP. STAY.

DO.

INVITES YOU

SEE. DO. SHOP. STAY.

Cool culture. Year-round arts and events. World-class hiking and biking trails. Great outdoors. Acclaimed wineries, breweries and restaurants. Giant dinosaur fossils. The world’s largest wood-carved Smokey Bear. Unique boutiques, specialty stores, museums and art galleries. And the 1880 Train, too.

We’ve got a little bit of something for everyone.

Hill City has friendliness and hospitality down pat. Great fun, too. And we’re close to our South Dakota legendary favorites: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

This is the place to see, do, shop, stay. This is the place for you. This is Hill City. See you soon!

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ADVENTURE IS CALLING

Families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a great vacation in Hill City — right in the Heart of the Black Hills.

We’re the “heart of the Hills” because of our location—right in the center of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

And because of our community’s welcoming hospitality.

We can help you plan a great stay, explore the great outdoors, find delicious dining options or a new favorite shop, and outstanding lodging, too.

Hill City is bike and petfriendly, too!

Your entire family will love discovering all that we have to offer.

Perfect pairing Hill City is all about the local experience. We’re home to award-winning wineries, microbreweries and family-friendly restaurants for new tasting adventures.

Craving a buffalo burger or great bistro fare? How about some homestyle cooking, authentic German fare or fabulous woodfired pizza? Top off your culinary adventure with hand-dipped chocolate truffles or the creamiest ice cream you’ll find anywhere.

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In September, Hill City showcases talented quilters and fabric artists at the Hill City Quilt Show & Sale. Stroll Main Street on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and enjoy tasty delicacies at Tour de Chocolate. Want to explore the Mickelson Trail and make friends along the way? Come for the Big Mick in September.

2 minutes to Mickelson Trail

6 minutes to Needles Highway

15 minutes to Crazy Horse Memorial®

20 minutes to Mt. Rushmore

32 minutes to Rapid City

45 minutes to Wildlife Loop

Hill City is known for our signature events and festivals, too: film, sculpture, art, quilting and music are highlighted, along with wine, brew and bbq festivals, chili cookoffs and holiday happenings, too. No matter what time of year, great flavors and fun make for the perfect pairing.

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Your new favorite shop

On Main Street and all around, Hill City boasts talent and history at our galleries, museums and outside public art.

Hill City’s boutiques and specialty stores are destinations in and of themselves. Boho chic outfits from head to toe, practical

and fashionable handbags, gear for climbing, amazing jewelry and tasty treats to enjoy while you stroll are just a few of the offerings of our local experience.

If you’re running low on necessities, our locally-owned and well-stocked grocery and other stores will provide what you need.

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34 COMMUNITIES FRESH PRODUCE | FRESH MEAT DELI | LIQUOR STORE 117 Main St • Hill City, SD www.bhigr.com Ready to see real Dinosaurs?

ART

Our visitors love our casual walkable, shoppable downtown where you can can sit on a bench, admire colorful sculptures or take a selfie with the world’s largest wood-carving of local high-school mascot, Smokey Bear.

Immerse yourself in our local art by visiting ArtForms Gallery, Jon Crane Gallery, Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery, Gypsy Rose Studio & Gallery or Dahl’s Chainsaw Art.

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Have you ever seen a real dinosaur bone? Or walked beside a T-rex? Here in Hill City, you can!

The Black Hills Institute’s world-renowned collection of minerals, fossils and dinosaur bones delight scholars, students and families alike. After the museum, browse The Institute’s gift shop, Everything Prehistoric for books, jewelry, toys and incredible home accent pieces to remind you of your journey through time.

At day’s end

Is your vacation a one-of-akind unwind with a relaxing train ride? A heart-racing adventure on the Mickelson Trail or somewhere in between?

Hill City’s got the essentials for a wonderful stay.

Love waking up to fresh air and pristine views? Consider one of our campgrounds for tent or RV camping. Traveling couples love our cozy bed-andbreakfasts, and families on an epic road trip delight in our cabins, resorts and hotels that offer a wide variety of amenities.

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Love the art of smoked meat? Join us for Wine, Brew & BBQ in August for BBQ, beverages and fun. Kick off the holiday season with our Olde Tyme Christmas Parade the day after Thanksgiving! Between two of the largest sculptures in the world, Hill City is the perfect summer host for Sculpture in the Hills.
36 COMMUNITIES NAME BRANDS & NEW BRANDS! CLASSIC | UPSCALE & DOWN-TO-EARTH HANDBAGS Explore the many styles at 253 Main St., Hill City SD | 605-574-9585 shopthehandbagstore.com A fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family! A MUST SEE BLACK HILLS HIDDEN TREASURE E xperience European Dining & Lodging in a Historic Hill Cit y Hotel Luxurious Beds, Linens, & Surroundings pm Centrally Located on Main Street • Seasonal Veranda Dining O ver Thir t y Homemade Desser ts & Pastries Phone 605 -574 -2749 European Menu Luncheon Mon - Sat: 11am - 2:30pm Filet Mignon Dinner Mon - Sat: 5pm - 10 O pen Monday - Saturday, Closed Sunday | Check for Winter Hours

THINGS TO SEE

Attractions

1880 Train / Black Hills Central Railroad

222 Railroad Ave., Hill City 605.574.2222

1880train.com

Candyland/Sweet Greens

23835 Mill Iron Dr., Rapid City

(3.5 miles east of Hill City) 605.574.2824

candylandsd.com

CCC Museum of SD 23935 US-385, Hill City 605.389.3410

southdakotaccc.org

Museum @ Black Hills Institute (page 34)

117 Main St., Hill City 605.574.3919

bhigr.com

SD State Railroad Museum, Ltd.

222 Railroad Ave., Bldg. A, Hill City 605.574.9000 sdsrm.org

Nearby Attractions

Adams Museum

54 Sherman St., Deadwood 605.578.1714

deadwoodhistory.com

Bear Country USA

13820 S. US Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.343.2290

bearcountryusa.com

Big Thunder Gold Mine (page 71)

604 Blair St., Keystone 605.666.4847

bigthundermine.com

Chapel in the Hills

3788 Chapel Ln., Rapid City 605.342.8281

chapel-in-the-hills.org

Crazy Horse Memorial® 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs

Crazy Horse 605.673.4681

crazyhorsememorial.org

Custer State Park (page 1)

13329 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.255.4515

gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/ custer-state-park

Fort Hays Old West Town (page BC)

2255 Fort Hays Dr., Rapid City 605.343.3113 mountrushmoretours.com

Four Mile Old West Town & Campground

11921 W US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.3905 or 605.338.1527

fourmile@gwtc.net

Mammoth Site, The (page 3)

1800 US 18 Bypass, Hot Springs 605.745.6017

mammothsite.org

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Hwy. 244, Keystone 605.574.3101

nps.gov/moru

National Presidential Wax Museum (page 71) 609 Hwy. 16A, Keystone 605.666.4455

presidentialwaxmuseum. com

Reptile Gardens (page 22)

8955 S. Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.342.5873 or 800.335.0275

reptilegardens.com

Rush Mountain Adventure Park (page 18)

13622 Hwy. 40, Keystone 605.255.4384

rushmtn.com

Rushmore Tramway Adventures (page 68)

203 Cemetery Rd., Keystone 605.666.4478

rushmoretramway adventures.com

Sprockets Fun Foundry (page 65)

221 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.255.4384

sprockets.fun

World Fossil Finder Museum

719 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs 605.745.5007

worldfossilfindermuseum. com

Outdoor Adventure Adventure Rentals

12670 Robins Roost Rd., Hill City 605.574.2684

adventurerentalssd.com

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Andy’s Trail Rides

11264 Highway 14A S., Lead 605.645.2211

andystrailrides@hotmail. com

Bicycles and Boats 525 Newton Ave., Hill City 605.574.5695

bicyclesandboats.com

Black Hills Helicopters 24035 Hwy. 16A, Keystone 605.255.4354

blackhillshelicopters.com

Black Hills Paddlesports 525 Newton Ave., Hill City 605.593.5662

bhpaddlesports.com

Black Hills Wilderness Edge Adventures

(page 70)

1315 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.391.6551

blackhillswildernessedge. com

George S. Mickelson Trail

11361 Nevada Gulch Rd., Lead 605.584.3896

mickelsontrail.com

Hill City Mining Co. PO Box 760, Hill City 610.927.7015

facebook.com/

HillCityMiningCompany

Mickelson Trail Affiliates 605.673.5154

mickelsontrailaffiliates.com

Rabbit Bicycles/Giddy Up Shuttle Service

175 Walnut Ave., Hill City 605.574.4302

rabbitbicyclessd.com

Rockin’ R Rides

2 miles outside of Custer City 520.349.6078

rockingrtrailrides.com

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

12181 W. Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.4481

rockyknollsgolfcourse.com

Run Crazy Horse Marathon & Half Marathon

Crazy Horse Memorial 605.390.6137 runcrazyhorse.com

Arts / Entertainment ArtForms Gallery

280 Main St., Ste. 3, Hill City 605.574.4894

artformsgallery.org

Black Hills Film Festival PO Box 396, Hill City 605.574.9454 blackhillsfilmfestival.org

Black Hills Glass Blowers 909 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.666.4542

blackhillsglassblowers.com

Black Hills Playhouse 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer 605.255.4141

blackhillsplayhouse.com

Brent Morris Hill City & Black Hills 605.381.5997

First Gold Gaming Resort 270 Main St., Deadwood 605.578.9777

firstgold.com

Grace Gallery & Gift 272 Main St., Hill City

Gypsy Rose Studio & Gallery

177 Museum Dr., Hill City 605.721.1234

gypsyrosestudio.com

Hill City Area Arts Council 280 Main St., Ste. 12, PO Box 321, Hill City 605.574.2810

hillcityarts.org

Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing 256 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4440

joncranegallery.net

Jon Crane Watercolors, Inc. 333 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4441 / 888.948.1948

Warrior’s Work & Ben West Gallery 277 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4954

warriorswork.com

Shopping / Retail Beef Jerky Experience 219 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2210

beefjerkyoutlet.com/hill-city

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Boyd’s World Famous Antiques & Uniques

24671 US Hwy. 16/385, Custer

605.660.3339

boydsantiquemall.com

Buffalo Old Time Photo 309 Main St., Hill City 605.574.3314

buffalophoto.net

Dakota Stone Company 23863 Palmer Gulch Rd., Hill City

605.574.2760

dakotastone.net

Discount Bargain Barn/ Christmas Corral 264 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9014

Dollar General 681 Main St., Hill City 605.574.1539

Everything Prehistoric (page 34)

117 Main St., Hill City 605.574.3919

bhigr.com

Farmer’s Daughter, The 164 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9095

thefarmersdaughtersd.com

Gold Diggers

241 Main St., Hill City 605.574.3332

bhgolddiggers.com

Granite Sports 201 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2121

granite-sports.com

Handbag Store, The (page 36)

253 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9585

shopthehandbagstore.com

Harley Davidson 261 Main St., Hill City 605.574.3636

Heart of the Hills Antiques, Firearms & Collectibles 280 Main St., Ste. 1 & 2, Hill City 605.574.2821

High Five 385 605.660.9803

highfive385.com

HippieRockStar Boutique Wine & Beer Bar

124 Main St., Hill City 605.517.0758

hippierockstar.com

Jewel of the West 208 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2464

@jewelofthewest

Old World Plaza 280 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4635

Quilt Time 177 Museum Dr., Hill City 605.390.3153

SoDak Clothing

@sodakclothing sodak.com

Stage Stop Leather & Gifts

224 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2646

Things That Rock

257 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9096

thingsthatrocksd.com

Tours / Transportation Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours 605.641.8687

blackhillsaboveandbeyond tours.com

Black Hills Helicopters 24035 Hwy. 16A, Keystone 605.255.4354

blackhillshelicopters.com

“Dave’s World” Tours & Shuttle Services Custer 605.673.1130

davesworldtours.com

Travel Information Hill City Visitor Information Center

23935 Hwy. 385, PO Box 253, Hill City 605.574.2368

visithillcitysd.com

WHERE

TO STAY

Hotels / Motels

Alpine Inn Lodging (page 36)

133 Main St., Hill City 605.519.9163

alpineinnlodging.com

Bavarian Inn 855 N. 5th St., Custer 605.961.0203

bavarianinnsd.com

Best Western Golden Spike 601 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2577

bestwesterngoldenspike. com

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Comfort Inn & Suites

321 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.666.4925 holiday@rapidnet.com

EverSpring Inn & Suites

616 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2100 everspringinn.com

Harney Peak Inn 125 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2544 harneypeakinn.com

Hill City Super 8 Motel 109 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4141

bit.ly/2PfxSK8

Holiday Inn Express 12444 Old Hill City Rd., Hill City

605.574.4040 hiehillcity.com

Lantern Inn 580 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2582 or 1.800.456.0520 lanterninn.com

Lodges / Resorts

Creekside Country Resort

12647 S. Hwy. 16, Hill City 605.574.2380 or 800.349.4145 stayccr.com

Mickelson Trail Lodging

12165 Ray Smith Dr., Hill City 605.574.4000

mickelsontraillodging.com

Mt. Meadow Resort at Deerfield Lake

11321 Gillette Prairie Rd., Hill City

605.574.2636

mtmeadow.com

Mt. Rushmore Resort KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Hwy. 244, Hill City 605.574.2525 or 800.562.8503

palmergulch.com

Mountain View Lodge & Cabins

12654 S. US Hwy. 16, Hill City 605.574.2236

mountainviewlodge.net

Cabins / Campgrounds

American Pines Cabins

1315 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.666.5475

americanpines.com

Beaver Lake Campground

12005 W US Hwy.16, Custer 605.673.2464

beaverlakecampground.net

Black Elk Resort

12720 S Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.574.9533

blackelkresort.com

Black Hills Trailside Park Resort

24024 Hwy. 16-385, Hill City 605.574.9079

trailsideparkresort.com

Campfire Cabins

12648 Campfire Dr. Rapid City 605.209.8574

campfire-cabins.com

Custer’s Gulch RV Park & Campground

25112 Golden Valley Rd., Custer 605.673.4647 or 800.531.5923

custersgulch.com

Derby Elk Resort

12446 Log Cabin Rd., Hill City 605.877.5544

derbyelkresort.net

Double Diamond Ranch 23818 US Hwy. 385, Rapid City 605.574.4560 or 605.381.7470

doublediamondcabins.com

Freedom Ridge Cabins 23935 Pink Cabin Rd., Hill City 605.574.2963

freedomridgecabins.com

Happy Trails Cabins 9309 Main St., Silver City 605.574.2177 or 605.415.5081

happytrailscabins.com

High Country Guest Ranch

12138 Ray Smith Dr., Hill City 605.574.9003

highcountryranch.com

Hillside Country Cabins

13315 S. Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.342.4121

hillsidecountrycabins.com

Holly House Christmas Cabin 23852 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.574.4246 or 505.321.5372

thehollyhouse.com

Horse Thief Campground 24391 Hwy. 87, Hill City 605.574.2668

horsethief.com

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Janssen’s Lode Stone

Motel & Cabins

23884 US-385, Hill City

605.574.2347

lodestonemotel.com

Mountain View Lodge & Cabins

12654 US-16, Hill City

605.574.2236

mountainviewlodge.net

Mt. Rushmore Resort

KOA at Palmer Gulch

12620 Hwy. 244, Hill City

605.574.2525 or 800.562.8503

palmergulch.com

Newton Fork Ranch

(page 108)

12407 Deerfield Rd., Hill City

605.574.2220

newtonforkranch.com

Pine Rest Cabins

24063 Hwy. 385, Hill City

605.877.1908

pinerestcabins.com

Rafter J Bar Ranch & Campground

12325 Rafter J Rd., Hill City 605.574.2527

rafterj.com

Restmore Inn 24191 US-385, Custer (2 mi. South of Hill City) 605.574.2593

restmoreinn.com

Robins Roost Cabins

12630 Robins Roost Rd., Hill City

605.574.2252

robinsroostcabins.com

Rustic Ridge Guest Cabins

(page 70)

12980 US-16, Keystone 605.666.4848

rusticridgeguestcabins.com

Three Forks Campground

23821 US-385, Hill City 605.574.4546

3forkscamp@gmail.com

Yak Ridge Cabins & Farmstead

24041 Cosmos Rd., Rapid City 605.390.7627

yak-ridge.com

B&Bs / Vacation Homes Barnestone

12544 Old Hill City Rd., Hill City 303.588.4773

Bishop Mountain Rental 516 Bishop Mt. Dr., Hill City 605.209.0068

Airbnb.com/h/ bishopmountainhillcity

Gold Pan Inn 605.574.0076 VRBO.com/707759

Heart of the Hills Vacation Homes

605.574.2250

hillcityvacation.com

Holly House Bed & Breakfast

23852 US-385, Hill City 605.574.4246 or 505.321.5372

thehollyhouse.com

J & J Hospitality

550 N. 5th St. #315, Rapid City 605.646.3739

jandjhospitalitydirect.com

Lind Camp 11380 Slate Prairie Rd., Hill City 605.574.2385

lindcamp21@gmail.com

Mountain Peaks Inn 200 E. Main St., Hill City 605.540.4228

mountainpeaksinn.com

Rushmore Vacation Rentals 888.934.1116

rushmorevacationrentals. com

Svenmar Rentals 1403 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.574.0256

battlecreekvacations.com

Timber Ridge Lodge Hill City 605.271.5332

vrbo.com/354088

Horse Facilities Mt. Rushmore Resort KOA at Palmer Gulch 12620 Hwy. 244, Hill City 605.574.2525 or 800.562.8503

palmergulch.com

Newton Fork Ranch (page 108) 12407 Deerfield Rd., Hill City 605.574.2220

newtonforkranch.com

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GRAB A BITE

Dining / Restaurants

1885 Steakhouse & Saloon

301 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2959

1885steakhouse.com

Alpine Inn

(page 36)

133 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2749

alpineinnhillcity.com

Black Hills Bistro 148 Main St., Hill City 605.574.3297

Bumpin’ Buffalo 245 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2471

bumpinbuffalo.com

Chute Rooster

850 Chute Rooster Dr., Hill City 605.574.2122

chuterooster.com

Feel Good Cafe at Bavarian Inn

855 N. 5th St., Custer 605.961.0202

bavarianinnsd.com

Firehouse Smokejumper Station

23858 US-385, Hill City 605.574.2916

firehousesmokejumper.com

Gold Run Cafe at Mt. Meadow Resort 11321 Gillette Prairie Rd., Hill City

605.574.2636

mtmeadow.com

Hill City Cafe

209 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4582

hillcitycafe.com

Krull’s Market

(page 34)

531 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2717

krullsmarket.com

Mangiamo Pizzeria 158 Museum Dr., Hill City 605.574.2564

pizzeriamangiamo.com

Naughti Wines/Sick-nTwisted Brewery (page 34) 23851 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.574.2454

sickntwistedbrewery.com

Prairie Berry Winery/ Miner Brewing Company

(page 37)

23837 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.574.3898

prairieberry.com

Ruby House Restaurant

124 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4404

rubyhousekeystone.com

Three Forks Country Store, Country Inn

23820 US-385, Hill City 605.574.4377

Tin City Saloon

240 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9093

Coffee / Espresso

Caboose Coffee Company

200 E. Main St., Hill City 605.540.4228

caboosecoffeecompany.com

Grapes & Grinds

(page 70)

609 Hwy. 16A, Keystone 605.666.5142

grapesgrinds.com

Perky Pine Café

24063 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.877.1908

Turtletown

205 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4124

turtletown.com

Desserts / Sweets

Alpine Inn

(page 36)

133 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2749

alpineinnhillcity.com

Candyland/Sweet Greens 23835 Mill Iron Dr., Rapid City

(3.5 miles east of Hill City) 605.574.2824

candylandsd.com

Cream 116 Main St., Hill City 605.721.7755

Turtletown

205 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4124

turtletown.com

Wine / Beer / Spirits

1885 Steakhouse & Saloon

301 Main St., Hill City

1885steakhouse.com

Firehouse Smokejumper Station 23858 US-385, Hill City 605.574.2916

firehousesmokejumper.com

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Grapes & Grinds (page 70)

609 Hwy. 16A, Keystone 605.666.5142

grapesgrinds.com

Hill City Cafe 209 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4582

hillcitycafe.com

HippieRockStar Boutique Wine & Beer Bar

124 Main St., Hill City 970.405.3508

hippierockstar.com

Mangiamo Pizzeria

158 Museum Dr., Hill City 605.574.2564

pizzeriamangiamo.com

Miner Brewing Company (page 37)

23845 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.574.2886

minerbrewing.com

Naughti Wines/Sick-nTwisted Brewery (page 34)

23851 US-385, Hill City 605.574.2454

sickntwistedbrewery.com

Palmer Creek Taproom at Black Elk Resort

12720 S. Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.574.9533

blackelkresort.com

Prairie Berry Winery (page 37)

23837 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.574.3898

prairieberry.com

Tin City Saloon

240 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9093

Twisted Pine Wine & Beer

Tasting Room

216 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2023

twistedpinetastingroom. com

LOCAL SERVICES

Auto / Travel Services Car Co.

14139 Hwy. 36, Hermosa 605.517.2911

carcotowing@outlook.com

Heart of the West Conoco 632 Main St., Hill City 605.574.9001

Heart of the Hills Exxon 101 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2077

Hill City Cycles 23854 Hwy. 385, Hill City 605.574.2273

hill-city-cycles.business.site

Rapid Auto Repair

287 Pond Pl., Hill City 605.574.3333

ATMs / Financial Services BankWest

311 Omaha St., Rapid City 605.399.4111

bankwest-sd.bank

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Christy

Hawthorne, CFP®

280 Main St., Ste. 8, Hill City 605.574.8013

edwardjones.com

EMH Consulting Inc. 272 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4684

emh-consulting.net

First Interstate Bank 351 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2531

firstinterstatebank.com

Payfurther 1430 Haines Ave #370, Rapid City 605.205.6011

payfurther.com

Sentinel Federal Credit Union 553 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.9596

sentinelfcu.org

Health / Wellness

An English Touch Day Spa 25389 McCurran Ranch Rd., Custer 406.480.7381

englishtouchspa.com

Carson Drug 521 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2225

carsondrugsd.com

Hill City Dental 557 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2161

hillcitydental.com

Monument Health Hill City Clinic (page 15)

238 Elm St., Hill City 605.574.4470

monument.health

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Places of Worship

Chapel in the Hills

3788 Chapel Ln., Rapid City 605.342.8281

chapel-in-the-hills.org

Community Lutheran Church

705 Newton Ave., Hill City

605.574.4342

communitylutheran-hillcitysd.org

The Little White Church 525 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2426

thelittlewhitechurch.net

Real Estate Block Realty PO Box 50, Hill City 605.868.5584

sellingblackhills.com

Central Hills Real Estate 349 Main St., Hill City 605.574.6000

centralhillsrealestate.us

Integrity Realty of the Black Hills

427 Main St., Hill City 605.574.4444

landlotshomes.com

Oak & Key Realty

269 Main St., Hill City 605.593.5658

oakandkeysd.com

Skyline Properties & Realty

Jeff Larsen, MRP, Broker Associate

605.939.1218

jefflarsen827@gmail.com

Skyline Properties & Realty

Dan McNamara, Broker Associate

712.204.1990

danielwmcnamara@gmail. com

Community Resources 605 Trucking 605.321.1092

facebook.com/605Trucking

Al Cornella Refrigeration 605.348.4684 or 800.743.6508 alcornella.com

Alexander Drilling 605.574.2331

alexanderdrillinginc.com

Alexander Enterprises 605.574.4297

Aspen Legacy Planning

605.721.7665

aspenlegacyplanning.com

Black Hills Electric Cooperative

605.673.4461

bhec.coop

Black Hills Energy

1.888.890.5554

blackhillsenergy.com

Black Hills Institute of Geological Research

(page 34)

605.574.4289

bhigr.com

Blue Wing Recreation Corporation

605.391.1162

bluewingrecreation.com

Boys & Girls Club of the Black Hills 605.574.2010

bgcblackhills.org

Certified Folder Display Services, Inc. 605.786.0215

certifiedfolder.com

Coca-Cola High Country 605.342.8222 or 800.658.3638

coca-colahighcountry.com

Custer State Farm Insurance Agent Steve Engelbrecht

605.673.4141

protectcuster.com

Dallas Alexander Construction

605.381.7230

Dean Kurtz Construction Company

605.343.6665

deankurtzconstruction.com

Diamond Spur Events

605.999.2503

diamondspurevents.com

Evergreen Media

605.343.7684

evergreenmediarc.com

First Impressions

Salon & Spa

605.574.4158

facebook.com/

FirstImpressions605

Friends of Library/Hill City Library 605.574.4529

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Golden West Telecommunications

855.888.7777

goldenwest.com

Grumpy Grizzly Property Maintenance

303.905.8702

facebook.com/ GrumpyGrizzlyPM

Hill City Ambulance District

605.574.2631

Hill City Economic Development Corp.

605.517.1745

hillcityedc.com

Hill City Evergreen Garden Club

605.391.5423

facebook.com/ HillCityEvergreen GardenClub

Hill City Fire District

605.574.2631

Hill City Hardware & Lumber

605.574.2400

Hill City Lions Club

610.750.4738

facebook.com/ HillCityLionsSD

Hill City Public Library

605.574.4529

hillcitysd.com/citygovernment/departments/ public-library

Hill City School District 51-2

605.574.3030

hillcity.k12.sd.us

Hill City Senior Organization

605.574.3211

seniorcenter@hillcitysd.com

HomeSlice Media Group

605.343.6161

thehomeslicegroup.com

HUB International Great Plains States, Ltd. 605.574.2547 or 605.673.2214

hubinternational.com

Jake’s Barber Shop, LLC 605.863.0757

jakesbarbershop.com

J & J Asphalt 605.341.6262

jandjasphaltcompany.com

jobman STUDIO planning + design 605.877.4804

jobmanstudio.com

Klinzmann Fabrication, LLC. 970.310.3157

klinzmannfabricationllc.com

Krull’s Market (page 34)

605.574.2717

krullsmarket.com

KSLT/Northwestern Media

605.342.6822

kslt.com

LIU Lasting Impressions

Unlimited

605.201.1021

liudesigns.com

Longbranch Civil Engineering

605.721.4040

longbrancheng.com

Lori Comer Creations 605.430.7009

ljcomer79@gmail.com

McCormick Insurance Agency 605.348.0464

mccormickagency.net

Neiman Enterprises 605.574.2512

neimanenterprises.com

Nelson’s Oil & Gas, Inc. 605.574.4303

nelsonsoilandgas.com

Pennington County SD 605.394.2171

pennco.org

Pennington Title Company 605.343.5670

penntitle.com

Quick N Tidy Cleaning 815.761.0726

facebook.com/QNTLLC

Rangel Construction Company

605.716.0547

rangelconstruction company.com

Roadrunner Inc. 605.484.1512

roadrunnertourism.com

Rosenbaum’s Signs

605.342.0481

rosenbaumsigns.com

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Rossknecht Appraisal Services

605.391.1162

Russ Johnson Construction

605.574.2881

russjohnsonconstruction. net

Sander Sanitation

605.342.1088 sandersanitation.com

SB Excavation

605.517.2796

facebook.com/SBExcavation

Scull Construction Services

605.342.2379 scullconstruction.com

Simpson Inc.

605.877.4462

Southern Hills Publishing (Hill City Prevailer News)

605.673.2217

myblackhillscountry.com

Tin City Masonic Lodge #112

605.381.1293

112-sd.ourlodgepage.com

Twin Timber Log Works

605.440.7595

United Way of the Black Hills

605.343.5872

unitedwayblackhills.org

Vector Design, Print & Tech

605.673.2740

vectorpt.com

Hill City Chamber & Visitor Center

605.574.2368 visithillcitysd.com info@hillcitysd.com

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HILL CITY

LIVING WATERS

From mineral springs to recreational lakes, make Hot Springs the center of your wellness vacation. Whether it’s to relax at the lake around the campfire, decompress on a spectacular hike or discover boutique dining, Hot Springs is your destination.

No Black Hills community knows more about the rejuvenating power of water than Hot Springs.

Hot Springs was first settled in 1879, but was officially incorporated in 1890 when local entrepreneurs started building the entire town into a health spa destination. Fred T. Evans built his namesake Evans Plunge over a group of small springs, and by the next year visitors started disembarking by the hundreds in search of promises of renewal and vitality to be found in these warm, mineral-rich waters.

Springing to Life

The 87 degree water of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs was the original draw that brought crowds to the area when it opened in 1890, and it still offers family fun to this day; visitors have multiple pools, slides, and activities to choose from yearround. Evans Plunge is a great choice for families to enjoy the warm, healing waters of Hot Springs together.

Nearby Moccasin Springs’ pools are even warmer, ranging from 88 to 102 degrees, and much quieter than Evans Plunge. They have four pools, two large

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Evans Plunge boasts 87 degree water, 4 slides, 2 kid pools, 2 hot tubs, a sauna and steam room. Cascade Falls stays around 67 degrees all year—perfect growing conditions for stream orchids, one of only four native to South Dakota. Cold Brook Lake produces Northern Pike longer than 40 inches. Not quite the Loch Ness, but still monsters!

Sites to See

• The Mammoth Site

• Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

• Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa

• Wind Cave National Park

• Southern Hills Golf Course

• Angostura Recreation Area

enough for swimming and two for soaking. The epitome of wellness and relaxation, phones are always silenced at Moccasin Springs, and children under 18 are not allowed at this tranquil oasis.

Base Camp to Adventure Hot Springs can surely be considered the health and

HOT SPRINGS

wellness capital of the Black Hills, but for those looking for the thrill of adventure, Hot Springs is an excellent choice for your base camp. Several prime South Dakota lakes are within easy driving distance of town, including Angostura Reservoir, Hidden Lake Campground and Resort, Cold Brook Lake and Cottonwood

Springs Lake. Between them, you’ll find world-class fishing and bird-watching, not to mention some of the best sandy beaches in South Dakota. Discover ample hiking trails nearby— Wind Cave National Park alone boasts over 30 miles of trail. Check out Rankin Ridge Trail, which will take you to the highest

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52 COMMUNITIES Relax, disconnect, and enjoy life. Cabins & Campground A calm, relaxing and convenient experience for all. (605) 745-4042 | campathiddenlake.com 27291 Evans Street, Hot Springs Family Owned and Operated • At-Door Parking • Coffee Maker & Recliner in Every Room • Outdoor Heated Pool • Guest Laundry • FREE Continental Breakfast • FREE Guest Wi-Fi FREE MINI GOLF with Room Rentals! 640 South 6th Street • Hot Springs, SD (605) 745-3130 • www.hotspringshillsinn.com TESLA DESTINATION CHARGING FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1995 For guestsmotelonly

point in the park and give you views all the way to the Badlands on a clear day.

A Knack for Architecture

Revel in the outdoors to your heart’s content, and then come back for an architectural walking tour of Hot Springs.

In the late 1800s, there were 27 sandstone quarries in the Black Hills — one of which was owned by Hot Springs’ own Fred T. Evans. These quarries sourced Hot Springs with the materials for the many Richardsonian and Romanesque style buildings found throughout town; over 30 of them in all. Can you find them all?

HOT SPRINGS

MAMMOTH DISCOVERIES

In a steep-sided pond just outside of Hot Springs, warm water and plentiful vegetation drew mammoths and other ancient creatures to their doom. Hear this story and more by visiting the Mammoth Site. New discoveries happen every year at this active dig site, so there’s always something new to experience. And with an ever-expanding museum, the Ice Age comes alive for visitors. Be sure to check out the Junior Paleontologist dig programs; they’re a one-ofa-kind experience, but they fill up fast.

FIND NOURISHMENT

Exploring the history of Hot Springs is fascinating work — but it will build up an appetite. Refuel and take a break at one of our unique dining options, from pizza and local beer to fine dining worthy of celebrating special occasions.

For creatively crafted cuisine, Buffalo Dreamer at Moccasin Springs is a favorite, and showcases locally sourced delicacies sure to tantalize your taste buds.

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Hidden Lake Campground and Resort is the only resort in the Southern Black Hills that can boast its own private lake. Angostura Reservoir is a waterlover’s haven and fishing paradise with over 36 miles of shoreline and water depths up to 75 feet. Downtown’s Kidney Springs is thought to have healing properties; specifically for kidney-related illnesses.

THINGS TO SEE

Attractions

Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

(page 2)

1145 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.5165

evansplunge.com

Mammoth Site, The (page 3)

1800 US 18 Bypass, Hot Springs

605.745.6017

mammothsite.org

Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa

(page 7)

1829 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.7625

moccasinsprings.com

Pioneer Museum

300 N. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.5147

fallriverpioneermuseum. wordpress.com

Southern Hills Golf Course

1130 Clubhouse Dr., Hot Springs

605.745.6400

hotspringssdgolf.com

Trout Haven Ranch

13477 7-11 Rd., Buffalo Gap

605.833.2571

Wind Cave National Park

26611 US Hwy. 385, Hot Springs

605.745.4600

nps.gov/wica

Nearby Attractions

Crazy Horse Memorial® (page IFC)

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse 605.673.4681

crazyhorse.org

Custer State Park (page 1)

13329 US-16A, Custer 605.255.4515

gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/ custer-state-park

Hudson-Meng Education & Research Center

1811 Meng Dr., Crawford, NE 308.665.3900

fs.usda.gov/detail/ nebraska/specialplaces

Reptile Gardens

(page 22)

8955 US-16, Rapid City 605.342.5873

reptilegardens.com

Rush Mountain Adventure Park

(page 18)

13622 Hwy. 40, Keystone 605.225.4384 rushmtn.com

Outdoor Adventure Angostura Recreation Area

13157 N. Angostura Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.6996

gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/ angostura-recreation-area

Challenge Dakota Hot Springs 605.890.1515

challengedakota.com

Fall River Gun Club & Shooting Complex 27386 SD-79, Hot Springs 605.890.0151

fallrivergunclub.org

Arts / Entertainment Black Hills Playhouse 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer 605.255.4141 or 605.255.4910

blackhillsplayhouse.com

Blue Horn Gallery 407 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.3717

narcelle.net

Chautauqua Artisans Market

629 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.4684

chautauquablackhills.org

Christmas in the Hills PO Box 382, Hot Springs 605.745.5054

Hot Springs Area Concert Association 605.745.6203

Hot Springs Theatre 241 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.4169

facebook.com/

hotspringstheatre

Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival

Centennial Park, Hot Springs

605.440.2738

mainstreetartsandcrafts. com

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Riverfront Gallery

405 N. River St., Hot Springs riverfrontgalleryhs@gmail. com

Sandstone Singers Hot Springs

605.745.7333

Southern Hills Community Theatre Hot Springs

605.745.4837

shct.org

Winner’s Circle Lanes and Games

733 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.5414

Shopping / Retail

2nd Chances Recycled, Restored, Repurposed

321 N. River St. Hot Springs

605.745.3433

Ace Hardware 207 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.5173

acehardware.com

All Seasons Screen Printing

707 Baltimore Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.3500

Black Hills Books & Treasures

321 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.228.6784

Black Hills Parks & Forest Association

26611 US Hwy. 385, Hot Springs

605.745.7020

blackhillsparks.org

Blue Horn Gallery

407 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.3717

narcelle.net

Builders’ First Source

1045 S. 6th St., Hot Springs

605.745.3300

bfsbuilt.com/hot-springs-sd

Bomgaars, Inc.

2701 US Hwy. 18, Hot Springs

605.745.3276

bomgaars.com

Changing Seasons Floral & Gifts

323 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.4836

changingseasonsfloral.com

Chautauqua Artisans Market

629 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.4684

chautauquablackhills.org

Dakota Cowgirl

605.890.2488

dakotacowgirl.com

Fall River Auto Supply

301 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs 605.745.4204

Fall River Community Action Team

108 N. Chicago St., Hot Springs 605.745.3400

Fall River Fibers 631 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.890.2750

fallriverfibers.com

Floral Depot and More 311 2nd Ave., Edgemont 605.662.5770

Lucy and the Green Wolf 740 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs 605.745.3415

lucyandthegreenwolf. square.site

Lynn’s Dakotamart 505 S. 6th St., Hot Springs 605.745.3203

lynnsdakotamart.com

Red Dirt & Pearls Boutique 108 N. Chicago St. 605.890.1898

River Run Greenhouse 306 Joplin Ave., Hot Springs 605.745.5995

River Street Emporium 103 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.440.1096

Scobi Black Hills

Kombucha (page 7) 445 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.2739

scobikombucha.com

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Sonny’s Super Foods

801 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.5979

sonnyssuperfoods.com

Stone Décor & Supply

1108 Hwy. 71 S., Hot Springs

605.204.5334

stonedecorandsupply.com

Stunningham Farms

12562 Argyle Rd., Hot Springs

605.890.0630

Wanda’s Finds

27237 Wind Cave Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.4040

wandasfinds.com

Tours / Transportation

Prairie Hills Transit

2015 Tumbleweed Trl., Spearfish

605.642.6668

prairiehillstransit.com

Western Horizons

Hot Air Balloons

Hwy. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs

605.413.7106

flywesternhorizons.com

Travel Information

Chamber of Commerce

Depot Visitor Center

630 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.6974

hotsprings-sd.com

Evergreen Media

329 Main St., Ste. 1, Rapid City 605.343.7684

evergreenmediarc.com

Fall River County Herald

334 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.3930

fallrivercountyherald.com

KZMX Radio

27259 N. Wind Cave Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.3637

96themix.com

Southern Hills Publishing Custer

605.673.2217

custercountychronicle.com

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels / Motels

America’s Best Value Inn

602 Sulphur Springs St., Hot Springs

springscoffeesd.com

Baymont by Wyndham

737 S. 6th St., Hot Springs

605.745.7378

wyndhamhotels.com/ baymont/hot-springssouth-dakota/baymountinn-and-suites-hotsprings/overview

Hills Inn (page 52)

640 S. 6th St., Hot Springs

605.745.3130

hotspringshillsinn.com

Stay USA

1401 US-18 Bypass, Hot Springs

605.745.4411

stayusahotel.com

Super 8 Motel

800 Mammoth St., Hot Springs

605.745.3888

https://www.

wyndhamhotels.com/ super-8/hot-springssouth-dakota/super-8-hotsprings-sd/overview

Cabins/ Campgrounds

Allen Ranch

13065 Fall River Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.1890

allenranchcampground.com

Fall River Ranch RV Resort

1701 U.S. Highway Bypass 18, Hot Springs 605.745.3080

Hidden Lake Campground & Resort (page 52)

27291 Evans St., Hot Springs

605.745.4042

campathiddenlake.com

Highland Meadows LLC (page 108)

549 Cold Brook St., Hot Springs

307.631.6463

highlandmeadows.com

Historic Log Cabin Motel 500 Pacific Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5166

historiclogcabinsinc.com/ home

Hot Springs KOA

27585 US-79, Hot Springs 605.745.6449

koa.com/campgrounds/ hot-springs

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Powder House Lodge

24125 US-16A, Keystone

800.321.0692

powderhouselodge.com

Spokane Creek Cabins & Campground

24631 Iron Mountain Rd., Keystone

605.666.4609

spokanecreek.com/ ironmountainroad.com

Sunrise Ridge Campground & Storage (page 52)

27288 Wind Cave Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.4397

sunriseridgecampground. com

B&Bs / Vacation Homes Bering, LLC

702 University Ave. Apt. 9, Hot Springs

605.890.1839

The Evanston Suites

633 N. River St., Hot Springs

719.231.9043

theevanston.com

Historic Burdette House

1729 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs

734.735.5913

FlatIron Inn

745 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.890.0641

flatiron.us

JPF Vacations

605.209.3771

blackhillsrentals.com

The Right Place

1008solutions@gwtc.net

River Falls Lodging

13223 Fall River Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.4969 riverfallslodging.com

Uptown Vacation Suite

140 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.891.9735

GRAB A BITE

Dining / Restaurants

American Legion Post 71 1045 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs

800.433.3318 /605.745.3213

Big Time Pizza

310 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.5399

facebook.com/btpizzasd

Buffalo Dreamer American Food Alchemy

1829 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.6100

buffalodreamer.com

Chicago St. Cafe 138 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.4360

Food Fest

705 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.891.9336

foodfestbest@gmail.com

Heaven Scent Bakery

627 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.4144

Mornin’ Sunshine Coffee

509 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.5550

morninsunshinecoffee.com

Pizza Hut 723 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs 605.745.5443

pizzahut.com

Powder House Lodge 24125 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.4646

powderhouselodge.com

Ruby House Restaurant 124 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4404

rubyhousekeystone.com

Silk Road 239 N. River St., Hot Springs 541.666.0131

Smokehouse Bar & Grill 705 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.4441

mistyrivertavern.com

Southern Hills Diner & Bakery 12572 Sheps Canyon Rd., Hot Springs 605.745.7203

Southern Hills Mercantile & Taproom (page 7) 445 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.2739

southernhillsmerc.com

Subway 733 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs 605.745.6611

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Sweet & Sassy LLC

28937 SD-471, Edgemont

605.661.6256

sweetandsassysd.square. site

Taco Johns

1145 Jensen Hwy. Hot Springs

605.745.6880

Two Cows Creamery & Bistro

237 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.3838

facebook.com/ twocowscreamery

Winner’s Circle Lanes and Games

733 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.5414

Wishbone Catering Buffalo Gap

PO Box 92, Buffalo Gap

605.490.5947

Coffee / Espresso

Coffee Cup Travel Plaza

27638 Hwy. 385, Hot Springs

605.745.4215

coffeecupfuelstops.com

Minnekahta Coffee & Gifts

Hot Springs

605.745.3185

minnekahtacoffee.com

Mornin’ Sunshine Coffee

509 N. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.5550

morninsunshinecoffee.com

Springs Coffee Kiosk

602 Sulphur Springs St., Hot Springs

605.745.5553

springscofeesd.com

Desserts / Sweets

Star Spangled Batter Bakery

2130 Jackson Blvd. #2, Rapid City 605.209.1491

starspangledbatter.com

Two Cows Creamery & Bistro

237 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.3838

facebook.com/ twocowscreamery

Wine / Beer / Spirits

American Legion Post 71 1045 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs

800.433.3318/ 605.745.3213

The Space

108 N. Chicago St., Hot Springs 605.517.0303

Winner’s Circle Lanes and Games

733 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.5414

Big Bat’s Conoco

800 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.6565

Coffee Cup Travel Plaza

27638 Hwy. 385, Hot Springs

605.745.4215

coffeecupfuelstops.com

LOCAL SERVICES

Auto / Travel Services

Angostura Common Cents

28075 Recreation Rd., Hot Springs 605.745.4100

Diamond Automotive 1845 University Ave., Hot Springs 605.745.5050

Fall River Auto Supply 301 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs 605.745.4204

ATMs / Financial Services

Ameriprise Financial Services

646 Jennings Ave. #20, Hot Springs 605.745.4900

Black Hills Community Loan Fund

607 ½ Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City

605.519.5124

bhclf.org

Black Hills Federal Credit Union

330 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs 605.718.1818/ 800.482.2428

bhfcu.com

Edward JonesLindsay Luper 309 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.5065

edwardjones.com/us-en/ financial-advisor/lindsayluper

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Farm Bureau Financial Services

109 N. Chicago St, Ste. 2, Hot Springs 605.600.6665

tomberger.fbfsagents.com

First Interstate Bank 343 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.6060

firstinterstatebank.com

H & R Block – Julie Hill

734 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.6063

hrblock.com

JMM Services

1609 University Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5000

Wells Fargo Bank 101 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.8250

wellsfargo.com

Health / Wellness Addiction Recovery Center of the Black Hills

646 Jennings Ave. #2, Hot Springs

605.745.6300

arcbh.org

Battle Mountain Physical Therapy

244 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.4761

battlemountainpt.com

Behavior Management Systems

3 Canyon View Cir., Hot Springs

605.745.6222

bmscares.org

Bodies in Motion

204 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.4321

Cascade Chiropractic 1501 US-18 BYP Ste. B, Hot Springs 605.745.5119

cascadechiropractic.net

Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home

401 N. Garden St., Hot Springs

605.745.5172

chamberlainmccolleys.com

Evans Plunge

Mineral Springs (page 2)

1145 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.5165

evansplunge.com

Fall River Health Services

1201 SD-71 S., Hot Springs 605.745.8910

frhssd.org

Goddess Image Spa

145 N. 16th St., Hot Springs 661.239.9777

goddessimagespa.com

Health 4 Life Fitness

1501 Hwy. 18 Truck Bypass, Ste. D, Hot Springs 605.745.5558

hshealth4life.com

Hot Springs

Ambulance Service

1861 Hwy. 71, Hot Springs

605.745.3651

hotspringsambulance.com

Massa Dental Clinic

602 Jennings Ave., #1, Hot Springs 605.745.3975

Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home

2500 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5127

vetaffairs.sd.gov/

veteranshome

Midwest Mental Health of South Dakota

505 N. River St., Ste. 2 & 3, Hot Springs

605.745.3320

midwestmh.net

Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa

(page 7)

1829 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.7625

moccasinsprings.com

Monument Health

Hot Springs Clinic

(page 15)

1100 Highway 71 S. #101

Hot Springs

605.745.8050

monument.health

Pine Hills Retirement Community

2711 US-18, Hot Springs 605.745.5555

pinehillsretirement.com

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Southern Hills

Chiropractic

1245 Sherman St., Hot Springs

605.745.6262

State Home Care Services

712 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.4816

statehomecareservices .com

Stillwater Hospice

112 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.4967

stillwaterhospice.com

The Southern Hills Triathlon, LLC

2915 Evergreen Dr., Rapid City

605.393.5947

southernhillstri.com

VA Medical Center

500 N. 5th St., Hot Springs

605.745.2000

va.gov

Vision Source Hot Springs

200 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.3175

visionsourcehs.com

Vitalant

vitalent.org

Places of Worship

Bethesda Lutheran Church

1537 Baltimore Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.4834

bethesdahssd.org

Calvary Baptist Church

1938 Canton Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5663

calvaryhs.org

Fountain of Life Assembly of God

1828 University Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.3236 folhs.com

Hot Springs Wesleyan Church

2046 Canton Ave., Hot Springs 605.745.3736

hotspringswesleyan.org

Joy Community Fellowship

309 Canton Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5691

Prairie View United Methodist Church

28309 Sunny Brook Rd., Smithwick

605.424.2080

prairieviewumc.org

Southern Hills Evangelical Free Church

1509 University Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.6687

shefchurch.com

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

538 University Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.3393

stanthonyhotsprings.org

St. John’s Lutheran Church

13275 Fall River Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.4760

stjohnslutheranhotpsrings. net

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

501 Hammond Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.3323

United Churches

342 N. Garden St., Hot Springs

605.745.5640

unitedchurcheshotsprings. org

Real Estate

Aspen & Pine Realty

1100 Mt Rushmore Rd., Ste. 2, Custer

605.517.1130

aspenandpinerealty.com

Blue Bison LLC

27289 Windy Rd., Hot Springs

Bradeen Real Estate & Auctions

14 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2629

bradeenauction.com

Century 21Stevens & Associates

238 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.5141

century21.com

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Century 21Stevens & AssociatesSandra Bush, Realtor & Property Manager

238 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.517.0608

homegirl605.com

EXIT Realty Black Hills

646 Jennings Ave., Ste. 14, Hot Springs

605.716.3948

exitrealtyblackhills.com

Heartland Real Estate 106 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.6772

blackhillsproperty.com

Heidebrink Properties LLC Hot Springs

605.685.3904

Hot Springs Housing & Redevelopment

201 S. River St., Hot Springs

605.745.4067

hotspringshousing.org

Metroplains Management 113 Sherman St., Sturgis

605.347.3077

metroplains.com

Mt. Rushmore Properties 27446 Whitetail Rd., Hot Springs

605.673.1941

mtrushmoreproperties.com

New Heights Properties

505 N. River St. #3, Hot Springs

605.791.0498 or 605.228.6784

yourblackhillshome.com

Real Estate Group, The 110 N. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.7653

thebestblackhillsrealestate. com

Southern Hills Title 710 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5187

southernhillstitle.com

Community Resources

Accouter Rental & Sales 1100 Highway 71 S., Hot Springs

605.745.7400

accouterrental.com

Bills Heating and Cooling

645 S. 6th St., Hot Springs

605.745.6510

billsheatingandcooling.com

Black Hills Area Community Foundation

803 St. Joseph St., Rapid City

605.718.0112

bhacf.org

Black Hills Electric Cooperative

25191 Cooperative Way, Custer

605.673.4461

bhec.coop

Black Hills Energy

7001 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City

888.890.5554

blackhillsenergy.com

Black Hills Exteriors

712 University Ave., Ste. B, Hot Springs

605.716.7663

bhexteriors.com

Black Hills Special Services

737 University Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.3408

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

12165 Highland Rd., Hot Springs

605.745.5955

wildmustangs.com

Built Right Roofing & Construction

405 Canal St. #2000, Rapid City

605.484.1938

builtrightrapidcity.com

CBH Co-op

742 Jennings Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.5215

cbhcoop.com

Coca Cola/AquaPure

2150 Coca Cola Ln., Rapid City

800.658.3638

coca-colahighcountry.com

Culligan Water Systems

715 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.3196

southernhillsculligan.com

DeBoer Drywall and Paint

Buffalo Gap

605.515.4332

deboerdrywallandpaint. com

Fall River Community Action Team

108 N. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.3400

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Farrell Law Firm, P.L. L.C. 441 North River St., Hot Springs

605.745.5263

Golden West Telecommunications 1510 National Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.3103 goldenwest.com

High Country Erectors 1100 SD-71, Hot Springs

605.745.6200 highcountryerectors.net

Hot Springs Elks Lodge #1751

605.890.2321

Hot Springs Farmers Market Centennial Park (mid June – September) 303.564.0787

Hot Springs High School Alumni Association Hot Springs facebook.com/hshsalumni

Hot Springs Public Library 2005 Library Dr., Hot Springs

605.745.3151

hotspringspubliclibrary .com

Hot Springs School District 1747 Lincoln Ave., Hot Springs

605.745.4145

hssd.k12.sd.us

HUB International

505 N. River St. #1, Hot Springs

605.745.6014 hubinternational.com

Hustead Law Office, P.C. 441 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.5161

Keep Hot Springs Beautiful Hot Springs

605.745.4896 keephotspringsbeautiful. org

Kieffer Sanitation

2426 E. St. Patrick St., Rapid City

605.342.5575 gokieffer.com

Lasting Impressions Unlimited (LIU)

13830 SD Hwy. 40, Hermosa 605.201.1021 liuawards.com

McGas LLC 1100 Jensen Hwy., Hot Springs

605.745.5959 mcgas.biz

Mosset Construction 12935 Badger Clark Rd., Hot Springs 605.745.3889

mossetconstruction.com

Mountain Man Enterprises 605.745.3416

Nelson’s Oil & Gas

1346 Galveston Ave., Hot Springs 605.745.4189

nelsonoilandgas.com

Newport Ranch Enterprises, LLC 27134 Wind Cave Rd., Hot Springs 605.890.2488

Noah Foundation Alliance 321 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.228.6784

Parker Spray Foam Insulation & Coatings 12537 Clayton Dr., Hot Springs 605.515.4388

Pirate’s Septic and Construction 27679 US-385, Hot Springs 605.745.7115

Polished Salon & Spa 401 N. River St., Hot Springs 605.745.3336

Rail House Construction LLC 27629 Scenic Rd., Hot Springs 605.515.8774 railhouseconstruction@ gmail.com

Rich Gross Solutions Inc 27426 Cedar Rd., Hot Springs 605.545.1864 or 855.247.1511

rgs24.com

Save Our Sandstone saveoursandstone@gmail. com

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Sander Sanitation

4761 Sturgis Rd., Rapid City

605.342.1088 sandersanitation.com

Schaefer Insurance

646 Jennings Ave., Ste. 18, Hot Springs

605.745.3940

Servall Uniforms & Linens 312 Main St., Rapid City

605.343.0680

servall.net

Simon Contractors of SD 1700 School St., Hot Springs

605.745.5206 simonteam.com

Southern Hills Economic Development

636 Jennings, #11, Hot Springs

605.745.3551

Southern Hills Recreation Initiative Hot Springs southernhillsrecreation.org

Southern Hills Septic PO Box 13, Buffalo Gap

605.920.8936

Springs Senior Center 206 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.6123

State Farm InsuranceBill Graves

338 S. Chicago St., Hot Springs

605.745.4200

billgraves.net

Thairapy

713 N. River St., Ste 1, Hot Springs

605.745.7785

U.S. Forest Service

1801 Hwy. 18 Bypass, Hot Springs

605.745.4107

United Way of the Black Hills

621 6th St., Ste. 100, Rapid City 605.343.5872

unitedwayblackhills.org

Veterans Helping Hands Project

605.719.8447 operationvhhp.com

Westside Storage

800 S. 14th St., Hot Springs

605.890.1066

westsidehotsprings.com

Wilson Electric Hot Springs

605.890.6244

Wind Cave Storage LLC 27095 Highway 385, Hot Springs

605.515.9063 windcavestorage.com

Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills

505 Kansas City St., Rapid City

605.787.2590

wdnbh.org

YesCo Outdoor Media LLC

1740 E. North St., Rapid City

605.791.0667

yesco.com

Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills Custer

605.390.8250

zontacluboftheblackhills. org

Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

801 S. 6th St., Hot Springs

605.745.4140

hotsprings-sd.com

hschamber@gwtc.net

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COMMUNITIES 65 Your family can enjoy over 100 popular farm animals in a clean, relaxed, hands-on environment. (605) 737-4815 23691 Busted Five Ct. • Rapid City, SD OldMacdonaldsFarmRC.com Rapid City on HWY 16 — the road to Mount Rushmore. PONY RIDE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 100 LBS. With Child’s Paid Admission Not valid with any other discount or offer. Can not be sold, transferred or duplicated. Offer has no cash value. Valid May 1 – Sept. 30, 2023 Promo Code: SH23 Pet them... Feed them... PLAY WITH THEM!

STAY AND PLAY IN KEYSTONE

Mining was just the beginning for Keystone; we’ve built on our history to become your Black Hills destination for thrills and amusement.

Keystone is best known as the gateway to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, but this community nestled in the center of the Black Hills offers plenty to keep visitors entertained right in the heart of town. With an eclectic mix of shops, museums and outdoor attractions, there’s fun for everybody in the family.

The Presidential Treatment

Following the discovery of gold in nearby Battle Creek, a group of American and British stockholders

acquired more than 1,100 mining locations including the Keystone Mine, which spurred a new settlement in 1891. The discovery of a rich gold strike at the base of Mount Aetna in 1894 led to a mining boom that caused Keystone’s population to swell, aided by the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1900.

Tourism surpassed mining in 1927 when sculptor Gutzon Borglum chose nearby Mount Rushmore as the location for his monument to four American presidents, and Keystone

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When Thomas C. Blair found gold, he named his claim “Keystone” after his home state of Pennsylvania. Mining came to a halt when WWI broke out and closed any mines not producing war metals and materials. Carrie and Mary Ingalls of “Little House on the Prairie” fame lived and died in Keystone.

Where Tourism Started in the Black Hills

When Keystone became the home to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, it launched an entire industry of tourism. Now, this quaint town is a hub of activity for all ages.

has been a must-see destination ever since.

Mount Rushmore is just two miles away, but be sure to take a leisurely drive along Iron Mountain Road, with its famous “pigtail bridges,” for unique views of the Monument . Visit the memorial, but also learn the story behind it here in

town. You’ll learn about the mountain and the process that made it happen.

The Borglum Historical Center honors the famed sculptor with multiple interactive films and exhibits. If four presidents barely whet your appetite, the National Presidential Wax Museum depicts lifelike

recreations and includes a self-guided audio tour.

Play & Stay in Keystone

There are plenty of familyfriendly attractions located in town. Sky-high adventure awaits as you zipline through the pines, race a mountain coaster through exhilarating twists and turns and tackle

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a challenging aerial maze. Prefer a more grounded experience? Take a seat for a ride on the 1880 Train to Hill City, or go deeper with a guided cave tour.

Be sure to check out oneof-a-kind shops offering everything from healing rocks to homemade sweets. Don’t forget to grab a memento to remember your trip from one of the souvenir shops along the boardwalk or specialty and antique stores downtown.

No matter what draws you in during your stay in Keystone, we’ll make sure your vacation is memorable and full of Black Hills fun.

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This historic gold mine was founded by two German immigrants in 1882.

Mining operations ceased in 1910, but the mine was revitalized 65 years ago to entertain and educate visitors to the Black Hills with historic gold sluicing and panning experiences and much more.

Big Thunder Gold Mine will be celebrating this anniversary on June 1 -10 this year. Join the celebration with discounts on food, espresso, and admission.

GOLD!

Two forms of gold found around Keystone.

Placer gold is residual flakes or nuggets found by panning in river beds. This form was first discovered two miles east of town and is abundant in the area, but the depth of deposits make placer gold impractical to extract.

Lode gold forms in veins within the earth’s surface and is more profitable because of larger deposit sizes. However, the use of explosives and risk of tunnels caving in makes it dangerous to obtain.

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Big Thunder Gold Mine wasn’t the most prolific in town, but it was the safest. Nearby Needles Highway took an estimated 150,000 pounds of dynamite to construct. The faces on Mount Rushmore are 60 feet tall — including 20-foot-tall noses and 18-foot-wide mouths! YEARS OF BIG THUNDER
KEYSTONE
70 COMMUNITIES The Rock Shed Beautiful Minerals Straight From Mother Nature! • Beads • Jewelry • Rocks • Fossils • Spheres • Crystals • Carving Material • Rough & Polished Rock • Tumblers • Grit & Supplies 515 First Street, Keystone 605.666.4813 Locally Owned & Operated by Gene & Shawn Kuhnel Large Selection of Rocks & Unique Gifts 9am – 7pm 7 days a week TheRockShed.com OPEN ALL YEAR Custom built log cabins nestled in a picturesque Black Hills setting Our Cabins Full-service kitchenettes Unique mountain settings Sleep 6 comfortably A/C, Satellite TV Charcoal grill & picnic area Children’s play center Fire pit area RusticRidgeGuestCabins.com 1.800.889.0932 & 605.666.4848 STAY & PL AY 1-605-391-6551 BlackHillsWildernessEdge.com ATVs 2, 4, & 6 Seat UTVs ½ Day or Full Day Rentals Fully Furnished Cabins on 4 Acres of Mountain Meadow AMERICAN PINES Cabins 1-877-773-5151 AmericanPines.com
COMMUNITIES 71 www.bigthundermine.com D D Keystone, SD ExperiencetheMostComplete MiningAttractionintheHills! MINE TOURS Experience the historic underground mine tour, FREE Gold Ore Sample! MUSEUM View historic mining, milling and assay equipment in the Tycoon Mill! 2 GOLD PANNING Choices On-Site Gold Panning beside Battlecreek! Claim Panning on a True, Creek-Claim! Bar & Grill/Gift Shop FREE Wine Tasting • Beer, Wine, Cocktails Full Service Restaurant, Quick Deck Service, Ice Cream! Family ☆ ★★★★★★★★ ★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★ ★★★★★★★ OITANEHT N AL PRESIDENTIAL WA X MUESUM Mount Rushmore Memorial SCAN FOR MAP Starting from $59 rushmore 7 days a week. Available 9am - Dusk. Sunset Tours by reservation only. Keystone Heliport | 313 Speck Center Rd. | Keystone, SD 605.673.2163 | CopterTours.com What are you waiting for?

THINGS TO SEE

Attractions

1880 Train

103 Winter St., Keystone 605.574.2222

1880train.com

Big Thunder Gold Mine

(page 71)

604 Blair St., Keystone 605.666.4847

bigthundermine.com

Black Hills Glass Blowers

909 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.666.4542

blackhillsglassblowers.com

Black Hills Helicopters Inc

24035 Hwy 16A, Keystone 605.255.4354

tours@blackhillshelicopters. com

Cosmos of the Black Hills 24040 Cosmos Rd., Rapid City 605.343.9802 info@cosmosmysteryarea. com

Dahl’s Chainsaw Art

121 Roy St., Keystone 612.834.1149

dahlschainsawart keystone.com

Holy Terror Mini Golf

609 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.5170

holyterrorminigolf.com

Keystone Area Historical Museum

410 3rd St., Keystone 605.666.4494

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Hwy 244, Keystone 605.574.2523

nps.gov/moru

National Presidential Wax Museum

(page 71)

609 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.4455

presidentialwax museum.com

Rushmore Borglum Story Museum

342 Winter St., Keystone 800.888.4369

Rush Mountain Adventure Park

(page 18)

13622 Hwy 40, Keystone 605.255.4384 rushmtn.com

Rushmore Cave

(page 18)

13622 US-40, Keystone 605.255.4384 rushmtn.com

Rushmore Helicopters Inc. (page 71)

313 Speck Center Rd., Keystone 605.673.2163

coptertours.com

Rushmore Tramway Adventures

(page 68)

203 Cemetery Rd., Keystone 605.666.4478

rushmoretramway adventures.com

Sprockets Fun Foundry

(page 65)

221 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.666.4242

sprockets.fun

Nearby Attractions Bear Country USA

13820 S. Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.343.2290

bearcountryusa.com

Crazy Horse Memorial® (page IFC)

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse 605.673.4681

crazyhorse.org

Custer State Park

(page 1)

13329 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.255.4515

gfp.sd.gov

Dinosaur Museum

8973 S. Hwy. 16A, Rapid City 605.342.8140

blackhillsdinosaur museum.com

Fort Hays Chuckwagon

(page BC)

2255 Fort Hays Rd., Rapid City 605.343.3113

mountrushmoretours.com

Four Mile Old West Town 19921 UW-Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.3905

four-mile-old-west-town -museum.business.site

Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa

(page 7)

1829 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs 605.745.7625

moccasinsprings.com

Reptile Gardens

(page 22)

8955 S. Hwy. 16, Rapid City 605.342.5873 / 800.335.0275

reptilegardens.com

Outdoor Adventure Black Hills Wilderness Edge Adventures (page 70)

1315 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.391.6551

blackhillswilderness edge.com

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Rockin R. Rides Inc.

24853 Village Ave., Heritage Village 605.673.2999

rockingrtrailrides.com

Arts & Entertainment Black Hills Glass Blowers 909 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone

605.666.4542

blackhillsglassblowers.com

Black Hills Playhouse 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer 605.255.4141 / 605.255.4910

blackhillsplayhouse.com

Shopping / Retail Black Hill Gifts & Gold

166 Winter St, Keystone 605.666.4916

Dahl’s Chainsaw Art

121 Roy St., Keystone 612.834.1149

dahlschainsawart keystone.com

Emporium 160 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4836

Gold Diggers

127 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.5952

bhgolddiggers.com

Keystone Convenience 424 Hwy 16A, Keystone 605.666.4732

Keystone Country Store 408 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4912

Maverick Black Hills

Souvenir

342 Winter St., Keystone 386.679.6796

Mount Rushmore T-shirts 804 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.4758

mtrushmoretshirts.com

The Rock Shed (page 70)

515 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4813

therockshed.com

Xanterra Travel Collection

102 Winter St., Keystone 605.574.2515 mtrushmorenational memorial.com

Tours / Transportation

Affordable Adventure Tours

5542 Meteor St., Rapid City 605.342.7691

affordableadventures bh.com

Black Hills Above & Beyond Tours 605.645.4210

Black Hills Helicopters Inc 24035 Hwy 16A, Keystone 605.255.4354 tours@blackhillshelicopters. com

Black Hills Open Top Tours 605.791.0268

blackhillsopentoptours.com

GeoFunTrek Tours 605.430.1531

geofuntrek.com

Rushmore Helicopters Inc. (page 71)

313 Speck Center Rd., Keystone 605.673.2163

coptertours.com

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels / Motels

Brookside Motel, The 603 Reed St., Keystone 605.666.4496

brooksidekeystonesd.com

Comfort Inn & Suites

321 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.666.4925

choicehotels.com/keystone/ comfort-Inn

Deadwood Gulch

Gaming ResortTrademark Collection by Wyndham

304 Cliff St., Deadwood 605.644.7745 / 855.999.7284

wyndhamhotels.com/ trademark/deadwood

Howard Johnson 950 North St., Rapid City 605.737.4656

hojorapidcity.com

Keystone Boardwalk Inn & Suites

250 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4990

rushmorevacations.com

Magnuson Grand Rushmore View Inn

522 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.4638

Quality Inn Near Mt. Rushmore - Keystone 231 Winter St., Keystone 605.655.2679

choicehotels.com

Roosevelt Inn 206 Cemetery Rd., Keystone 605.666.4599

rooseveltinnkeystone.com

Royal Inn 908 Madill St., Keystone 605.666.4417

choicehotels.com

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Rushmore Express Inn & Family Suites

320 Cemetery Rd., Keystone 605.666.4483

rushmoreexpress.com

Rushmore Vacation Rentals

320 Cemetery Rd., Keystone 605.666.4483

rushmoreexpress.com

Lodges / Resorts

Battle Creek Vacations 404 Reed St., Keystone 605.666.4800

battlecreekvacations.com

K Bar S Lodge 434 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.666.4545

kbarslodge.com

Under Canvas Mount

Rushmore

24342 Presidio Ranch Rd., Keystone 406.936.3483

undercanvas.com

Vanishing Trails Lodge 24482 Nelson Rd., Hermosa 605.430.5325

vanishingtrailslodge@gmail. com

Cabins / Campgrounds

American Pines Cabins

1315 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.666.5475

americanpines.com

Ghost Canyon Getaway 13583 Ghost Canyon Rd., Hermosa

218.232.6359

ghostcanyongetaway.com

Kemp’s Kamp 1022 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone 605.666.4654

kempskamp.com

Rushmore Hideaway 303.818.6759

dsmaher@comcast.net

Rushmore View RV Park 522 S. US-16A, Keystone 605.666.4638

Spokane Creek Cabins & Campground 24631 Iron Mountain Rd., Keystone 605.666.4609

spokanecreek.com

B&Bs / Vacation Homes Battle Creek Vacations 404 Reed St., Keystone 605.666.4800

battlecreekvacations.com

Vanishing Trails Lodge 24482 Nelson Rd., Hermosa 605.430.5325

vanishingtrailslodge@gmail. com

GRAB A BITE

Dining / Restaurants

Big Thunder Family Bar & Grill (page 71)

308 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4847

bigthundermine.com

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken

212 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4122

bosspizzaandchicken.com

Boss’ Burgers and Cheesesteaks

236 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4151

bosspizzaandchicken.com

Firehouse-Smokejumper Station 23858 US-385, Hill City 605.574.2916

Front Porch Restaurant and Bar

115 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.666.4041

Ruby House Restaurant 124 Winter St., Keystone 605.666.4404

rubyhousekeystone.com

Coffee / Espresso

Grapes & Grinds

(page 70)

609 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.5142

grapesgrinds.com

Presidential Perks 604 Blair St.,Keystone 605.415.3263

Desserts / Sweets

Grapes & Grinds

(page 70)

609 US-16A, Keystone 605.666.5142

grapesgrinds.com

Wild West Soda & Pecan Company.

111 Swanzey St., Keystone wildwestpecan.com

Wine / Beer / Spirits

Big Thunder Family Bar & Grill (page 71)

308 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4847

bigthundermine.com

Front Porch Restaurant and Bar

115 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.666.4041

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Firehouse-Smokejumper Station

23858 US-385, Hill City 605.574.2916

Prairie Berry Winery

(page 37)

23837 Hwy. 385, Hill City

prairieberry.com

Local Services

Keystone Country Store 408 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4912

McGas LLC 605.347.3811

Sturgis, SD

Nelson’s Gas & Oil 408 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4912

Lasting Impressions Unlimited LLC

13830 SD Hwy. 40, Hermosa 605.201.1021

liudesigns.com

Traveler’s Magazine Rapid City

605.341.7064

Places of Worship

Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ 402 Blair St., Keystone 605.666.4627

keystoneucc.com

Keystone Project 420 Pankratz Rd., Keystone 605.666.4483

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

1014 Madill St., Keystone 605.574.2479

centralblackhillscatholic. com

St. Rose Lima

305 Pine Ave., Hill City 605.574.2479

centralblackhillscatholic. com

Community Resources

Black Hills Area Community Foundation

825 St. Joseph St., Rapid City 605.718.0112

Black Hills Energy

409 Deadwood Ave., Rapid City 605.673.4456

Borns Group 503 Brown County 19 N., Aberdeen 605.226.3356

bornsgroup.com

Edward JonesChristy Hawthorne

281 Rainbow Ridge Ct., Hill City 605.517.5202

Evergreen Media

329 Main St., Ste. 1 Rapid City 605.343.7684

evergreenmediarc.com

Hill City Senior Center 227 Walnut Ave., Hill City 605.574.3211

hillcityseniorcenter.org

Holy Terror Days Association & The Haunting 605.666.4847

Keystone

HomeSlice Media Group

333 West Blvd., Ste. 200, Rapid City 605.343.6161

thehomeslicegroup.com

Interstate Engineering 120 Industrial Dr., Ste. 2

Spearfish 605.642.4772

interstateeng.com

KOTA Territory/KEVN

Black Hills Fox 605.394.7777

blackhillsfox.com

Krull’s Market

(page 34)

531 E. Main St., Hill City 605.574.2717

krullsmarket.com

Monument Health

(page 15)

353 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City

605.755.1000

monument.health

Mount Rushmore Telephone Company 320 1st St., Keystone 605.666.4411

Pennington County SD PO Box 6160 130 Kansas City St., Ste. 100, Rapid City 605.394.2171

pennco.org

Riverfront Broadcasting 518 St. Joseph St., Rapid City 605.342.2000

riverfrontbroadcasting.com

Southern Hills Publishing 522 Mt. Rushmore Rd. Custer 605.673.2217

custercountychronicle.com

Keystone Visitor Information Center

110 Swanzey St., Keystone 605.666.4896 / 605.786.3035

visitkeystonesd.com

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76 COMMUNITIES YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE! BIKES | BEER | GEAR HERE! ROCK CLIMBING! 632 Mount Rushmore Rd. Custer, SD 57730 (605) 484-7585 | sylvanrocks.com BIKES KAYAKS & PADDLE BOARD RENTALS All the clothing, footwear & gear you need for any adventure! (605) 673-2240 SCAN FOR MAP Starting from 59 7 days a week. Available 9am - Dusk. Sunset Tours by reservation only. Custer Heliport | 24564 Hwy 16/385 | Custer, SD 605.673.2163 | CopterTours.com Helicopter Flight- Seeing Experience! Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park
COMMUNITIES 77 DISCOVERY DAYS GOLD 100 ANNIVERSARY th Carnival • Car Show • Arts & Crafts Fair Volleyball tournament • 5K Fun Run Corn hole Tournament• Golf Scramble Hot Air Balloon Rally Largest Parade in South Dakota PLAN AHEAD & ATTEND! July 20-23 3 day celebration bring the whole family Learn more ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE! pizzamillcuster.com 904 Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer, SD Pizzas, Specialty Sandwiches, Salads, Calzones and more! Family Owned & Operated

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DISCOVERY AND ADVENTURE

Custer’s rich history goes hand-in-hand with the discovery of gold. But there’s more treasure to be found in this pristine community.

Let Custer be your launchpad to adventure and discovery. Immerse yourself in the history of our community and be swept away by the sights and sounds of the area. Custer can be a treat for your sense of taste, too. Make sure to check out the variety of flavors that our locals are serving up. We’d also like to invite you to our 100th annual Gold Discovery Days Celebration. We hope you can join us!

100 Years of Discovery Custer’s history is steeped in the history of the Gold Rush.

2023 marks 100 years of the community coming together to celebrate the discovery of gold near the town in 1874. On July 21-23 the community of Custer will celebrate the occasion with a carnival, a car show, one of the largest parades in the Black Hills and so much more. Mark your calendars for the 100th annual Gold Discovery Days Celebration. You won’t want to miss it.

Adventure is Waiting

It was the land that first brought settlers to Custer when gold was discovered. Perhaps you want to

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Custer’s 100-foot wide streets were designed so that ox teams pulling covered freight-wagons could make U-turns.
Custer State Park is home to one of the world’s largest bison herds. There are about 1,400 bison in the park
The first known sermon in Custer was given in a saloon! History doesn’t tell us which one, but there are plenty of lively places that fit the bill.

Spring/Summer

ATV/UTVing

Horseback Riding

Fall/Winter

Snowshoeing

Fat Tire Biking

Population 1,949 (2022)

Elevation 5,315 feet

experience the area around Custer like the first settlers did? There is no shortage of trails for hiking and horseback riding near town. In fact, there are dozens of miles of trail in our area. We also have multiple access points to the 109-mile-long Mickelson Trail.

Need more adrenaline in

your adventure? Rentals in town will get you the highspeed rush you’re seeking. We have slingshots available to whip around corners or rugged ATVs, UTVs or jeeps to traverse miles of trail with agility and power. You can also book a Jeep tour through Custer State Park and get up close to the

wildlife.

Nearby Sylvan and Stockade Lakes are the perfect place for all kinds of water sports. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding. The craggy granite peaks around the banks provide beautiful backdrops no matter what sport you choose.

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Follow us: 140 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD mtrushmorebrewingcompany.com 605.673.4200

A Bite to Eat

Downtown Custer is a foodie’s paradise. Cuisine of almost any variety can be found here. Mexican, Italian and more can all be enjoyed in the idyllic surroundings of our town. From one of the best burgers you’ll ever taste, to an elevated fine dining experience, you’ll be sure to find whatever you’re craving.

We’re also the home to Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company. Make sure to sample some of these suds while visiting.

And don’t skip dessert! Grab a slice of pie or some ice cream to make your dining experience complete while visiting Custer.

THROUGH THE AIR

The majesty of the Black Hills — and especially the granite formations that surround Custer — is only amplified when seen from the air. Hop in a helicopter and get ready to see the outdoors from a breathtaking new perspective. Cruise past Mount Rushmore and wave at the presidents, or get up close and personal with Crazy Horse; this aerial adventure won’t disappoint!

Prefer to experience nature at a more leisurely pace? The Black Hills has a long history with hot air balloons, and there is no experience quite like floating in a wicker basket. Drift along and catch the currents at daybreak to see the beauty surrounding Custer on all sides.

Regardless of your preferred mode of exploration, we’re excited to host you while you explore. Custer is the best base for your adventures from all perspectives; whether they be on land, in the water or through the air.

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Big Rock Park in Custer covers 73 acres — including Pageant Hill and the Custer Skywalk trail. It rewards hikers with breathtaking panoramic views. In January, Custer hosts the Bark Beetle Blues. It’s a homage to the blue tint in wood eaten by the bug, but also to the devastation it’s wrought on nearby forests.
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Nearby Crazy Horse Memorial® is the largest Mountain Carving in Progress in the world.

THINGS TO SEE

Attractions

1881 Courthouse Museum 411 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2443

1881courthousemuseum. com

Adventure Rentals 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4540

adventurerentalssd.com

Black Hills Aerial Adventures (page 76)

24564 US Hwy. 16/385, Custer 605.673.2163

coptertours.com

Black Hills Balloons

747 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer (Passenger Meeting Area) 605.673.2520

blackhillsballoons.com

Blue Bell Hayride

Chuck Wagon Cookout

25453 Hwy. 87, Custer 605.255.4531

custerresorts.com

Blue Bell StablesTrail Rides

25453 Hwy. 87, Custer 605.255.4531

custerresorts.com

Buffalo Safari Jeep Rides

13389 Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.255.4541

custerresorts.com

Crazy Horse Memorial® (page IFC)

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, 605.673.4681

crazyhorsememorial.org

Custer State Park (page 1)

13329 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.255.4515

gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/ custer-state-park

Four Mile Old West Town & Campground

11921 W. US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.3905

four-mile-old-west-townmuseum.business.site

Frontier Photo 523 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. A, Custer 605.673.4660

frontierphotos.com

Grizzly Gulch Adventure Golf

231 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.1708

Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Hwy. 16 B12, Custer

605.673.8300 nps.gov/jeca

Old Pine Social

757 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2933

oldpinesocial.com

Overland America Corp

750 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2650

oa-us.com

Pleasant Valley Farm & Cabins

11780 Pleasant Valley Rd., Custer 605.673.2986

pleasantvalleyfarmand cabins.com

Rockin R Rides Inc. 24853 Village Ave., Heritage Village, Custer 605.673.2999

rockingrtrailrides.com

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

12181 W. US Hwy.16, Custer 605.673.4481

rockyknollsgolfcourse.com

Sylvan Rocks Climbing School & Guide Service (page 76)

632 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.484.7585

sylvanrocks.com

Nearby Attractions

South Dakota Air & Space Museum 2890 Rushmore Dr., Ellsworth AFB 605.385.5189

sdairandspace museum.com

Outdoor Adventure Adventure Rentals

444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4540

adventurerentalssd.com

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Black Hills Power Bike

Rentals & Boutique

1029 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. A, Custer

605.673.2405

blackhillspowerbikes.com

Black Hills National Forest

1019 N. 5th St., Custer

605.673.9200

fs.usda.gov/blackhills

Blue Bell Hayride

Chuck Wagon Cookout

25453 Hwy. 87, Custer

605.255.4531

custerresorts.com

Gold Rush E-Bike

12475 Needles View Pl., Custer

605.389.3253

goldrushebike.com

High Mountain Outfitters 516 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4050

highmountainoutfitters

sd.com

Legion Lake

(Water Sports)

12967 Hwy. 16A, Custer

605.255.4521

custerresorts.com

Mickelson Trail Affiliates 605.673.5154

mickelsontrailaffiliates.com

Overland America Corp 750 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2650

oa-us.com

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

12181 W. US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.4481

rockyknollsgolfcourse.com

South Dakota Outdoor Shop

(page 76)

632 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2240

southdakotaoutdoor shop.com

Sylvan Lake (Water Sports) 24572 Hwy. 87, Custer 605.574.2561

custerresorts.com

Sylvan Rocks Climbing School & Guide Service

(page 76)

632 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.484.7585

sylvanrocks.com

Arts / Entertainment Art Expressions Gallery & Gifts

36 S. 6th St., Custer 605.673.3467

facebook/artexpressions galleryincuster

Black Hills Playhouse 24834 S. Playhouse Rd., Custer 605.255.4141

blackhillsplayhouse.com

Cruisin’ Canvas, The 2246 Sunset Ln., Custer 970.481.8183

thecruisincanvas.com

Custer Beacon, The 351 Washington St., Custer 605.673.3800

custerbeacon.com

Deep Creek Art Gallery 26 S. 6th St., Custer 312.505.4592

Denial South Dakota & The Peanut Gallery 430 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2264

bluerevelation.com

Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial® (page IFC) 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse 605.673.4681

crazyhorsememorial.org

Paul Horsted, Dakota Photographics, LLC 605.673.3685

paulhorsted.com

Shopping / Retail

A Walk in the Woods 506 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.6400

walkwoods.com

Altitude Gifts & Sweet Shoppe

528 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2702

Art Expressions

Gallery of Custer 17 N. 5th St, Custer 605.673.3467

facebook.com/

ArtExpressions

GalleryinCuster

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Black Hills Power Bike

Rentals & Boutique

1029 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. A, Custer 605.673.2405

blackhillspowerbikes.com

Busy Ewe Farm & Fiber 25743 Carroll Creek Rd., Custer 605.440.0316

busyewefarmfibers.com

Carson Drug 521 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2225

carsondrugsd.com

Claw, Antler & Hide Inc. 735 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4345

clawantlerhide.com

Common Cents Convenience Store

24 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4491

Custer Ace Hardware 833 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2227

acehardware.com

Custer County Candy Co. 449 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Custer 605.673.3911

custercountycandyco.com

Custer Do It Best Hardware & Lumber 603 Crook St., Custer 605.673.3777

doitbest.com

Custer Farmer’s Market Way Park-Mt. Rushmore Rd. & 4th St., Custer 605.673.5230

Custer Senior Center & Gift Shop

538 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2708

custersencntr.org

Dakota Greens Custer Greenhouses & Nursery

25086 Shamrock Rd., Custer 605.673.2510 or 605.440.0391

dakotagreensofcuster.com

Deep Creek Art Gallery 26 S. 6th St., Custer, 312.505.4592

Denial South Dakota & The Peanut Gallery 430 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2264 bluerevelation.com

Frontier Photo 523 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. A, Custer 605.673.4660

frontierphotos.com

Good Karma Jewelry 507 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.3047

goodkarmacusterstore.com

High Mountain Outfitters

516 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4050

highmountainoutfitterssd. com

Jenny’s Floral 36 N. 6th St., Custer 605.673.3549

jennysfloral.com

Korczak’s Heritage Gift Shop

(page IFC)

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse 605.673.4681 shop.khonline.biz

Lynn’s Dakotamart 800 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4463

lynnsdakotamart.com

Quilted Buffalo 36 S. 6th St., Custer 605.673.2728

quiltedbuffalo.com

Shanklin’s Floor Coverings & Country Cottage Gift Shop 12702 Miller Ct., Custer 605.673.2099

South Dakota Outdoor Shop

(page 76) 632 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2240

southdakotaoutdoor shop.com

Southern Hills Tactical LLC 25341 US Hwy. 385/89, Custer 605.673.3222

southernhillstactical.com

Stone Décor & Supply 503 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer, 605.204.5334

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Tours / Transportation

“Dave’s World” Tours & Shuttle Services Custer

605.673.1130

davesworldtours.com

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels / Motels

Bavarian Inn

855 N. 5th St., Custer

605.961.0203

bavarianinnsd.com

Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn

310 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2275 or 605.574.1200

custerhospitality.com

Chalet Motel

933 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2393

chaletmotelcuster.com

Chief Motel 120 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2318

chiefmotel.com

Comfort Inn & Suites

339 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3221 or 605.574.1200

custerhospitality.com

Days Inn of Custer

519 Crook St., Custer

605.673.4500 or

800.329.7466

wyndhamhotels.com/daysinn/custer-south-dakota/ days-inn-custer

EO Bungalows

28 N. 7th St., Custer

605.939.3388

eobungalows.com

EconoLodge

342 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4400 or 605.574.1200

custerhospitality.com

Holiday Inn

Express & Suites

433 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2500 or 605.574.1200 custerhospitality.com

The Kleemann House 619 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.209.3637 thekleemannhouse.com

Rocket Motel, LLC 211 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4401 rocketmotel.com

Shady Rest Motel & Cabins 238 Gordon St., Custer 605.673.4478 or 605.440.2509

shady-rest-motel.com

Super 8 Motel

Custer/Crazy Horse Area

535 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.269.0640 or 605.574.1200

custerhospitality.com

Lodges / Resorts

Blue Bell Lodge Resort

25453 SD Hwy. 87, Custer

888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Creekside Lodge

13389 Hwy. 16A, Custer

888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Eagle’s Landing Lodge

12046 US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.3031

eagleslandinglodge.net

Legion Lake Lodge

12967 Hwy. 16A, Custer 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Outlaw Ranch

12703 Outlaw Ranch Rd., Custer 605.673.4040

losd.org/outlaw

Rock Crest Lodge & Cabins

15 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4323 or 877.412.2246

rockcrestlodge.com

State Game Lodge

13389 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Sylvan Lake Lodge

24572 SD Hwy. 87, Custer 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Cabins / Campgrounds

Beaver Lake Campground

12005 W US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.2464

beaverlakecampground.net

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Big Pine Campground

12084 Big Pine Rd., Custer 605.673.4054 bigpinecampground.com

Black Hills Bungalows

24941 America Center Rd., Custer 605.673.5253 blackhillsbungalows.com

Buffalo Ridge Camp Resort 245 Centennial Dr., Custer 605.673.4664 or 605.574.1200 custerhospitality.com

Camp Bob Marshall 25007 Camp Bob Marshall Rd., Custer 605.381.6685

Calamity Peak Lodge

12557 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.673.2357

calamitypeaklodge.com

Custer Mountain Cabins & Campground

12503 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 800.239.5505 custermountain.com

Custer/Mt. Rushmore KOA

12021 US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.4304

koa.com/campgrounds/ custer

Custer State Park Resorts

(page 1)

888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Custer’s Gulch RV Park & Campground

25112 Golden Valley Rd., Custer 605.673.4647 or 800.531.5923

custersgulch.com

Dakota Dream Bed and Breakfast & Horse Hotel

(page 108)

12350 Moss Rock Ln., Custer 701.690.4801

dakotadreambandb.com/ index.html

Elk Haven Vacation Cabins

25050 Little Italy Rd., Custer 720.252.7300 or 605.673.4343

elkhavenvacationcabins.com

Elk Ridge Park (long-term RV lot rental)

12070 Big Pine Rd, Custer 507.530.1612

facebook.com/Elk-RidgePark-101480861385503

EO Bungalows

28 N. 7th St., Custer 605.939.3388

eobungalows.com

French Creek RV Park and Campground

144 S. 4th St., Custer 605.673.3727

frenchcreekrvpark.com

Frenchy’s Hideaways

12251 Aviation Way, Custer, 605.673.3353

frenchyshideaways.com

Gold Camp Cabins

11965 Pleasant Valley Rd., Custer

605.673.2720

goldcampcabins.com

Heritage Village Campground

24827 Village Ave., Crazy Horse 605.673.5005

Operation Black Hills Cabin (For Wounded Veterans) 605.517.1830

operationblackhillscabin.org

Pleasant Valley Farm & Cabins

11780 Pleasant Valley Rd., Custer 605.673.2986

pleasantvalleyfarmand cabins.com

Stockade Lake Cabin 25073 Morris Pl., Custer 308.430.5490

stockadelakecabin.com

Sunset RV Park

12246 Sunset Ln, Custer 605.517.9017

sunsetrvcuster.com

B&Bs / Vacation Homes

Air Bee-N-Bee

12376 Beaver Den Dr., Custer 605.440.1988

airbnb.com

Dakota Dream Bed and Breakfast & Horse Hotel

(page 108)

12350 Moss Rock Ln., Custer

701.690.4801

dakotadreambandb.com

Diane’s Custer Vacation Rental

25094 Forest Park Rd., Custer 605.673.4318

J & J Hospitality

550 N. 5th St., Rapid City 605.646.3839

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Heaven’s Gate

25076 Ruby Rd., Custer

507.828.4548 or 605.209.8785

evolvevacationrental.com/ vacation-rentals/434079

K & S Stagecoach Stop

25043 Little Italy Rd., Custer

605.574.1331

airbnb.com/ rooms/810301676246084024

Little Wicked Inn (with Wicked Espresso)

5 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3999

littlewickedinn.com

Rushmore Vacation Rentals

888.934.1116

rushmorevacationrentals. com

Tanglewood Estate

24977 Tanglewood Dr., Custer

507.530.0155

facebook.com/

blackhillscabinrental

Travel Custer

605.872.9099

travelcuster.com

Whitetail Springs Cabins

605.440.2255

whitetailsprings.com

Horse Facilities

Broken Arrow Horse Camp & RV Park

25446 Sidney Park Rd., Custer

605.517.1964

brokenarrowhorsecamp.com

Dakota Dream Bed and Breakfast & Horse Hotel

(page 108)

12350 Moss Rock Ln., Custer 701.690.4801

dakotadreambandb.com

French Creek Horse Camp

800.710.2267

campsd.com

GRAB A BITE

Dining / Restaurants

Baker’s Bakery & Café

541 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2253

bakersbakerycafe.com

Begging Burro Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar (page 5, 82)

529 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3300

beggingburro.com

Black Hills Burger & Bun Co.

441 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3411

blackhillsburgerandbun.com

Blue Bell Lodge

Dining Room

25453 SD Hwy. 87, Custer

605.255.4531 or 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

BreakFaster

510 N. Belair Dr., Custer 605.515.8595

breakfaster.llc

Buglin’ Bull Restaurant & Sports Bar 511 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4477

buglinbull.com

Calamity Jane’s Coffee Shop & Grill

512 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2269

calamityjanecoffeeshop.com

Custer Beacon, The 351 Washington St., Custer 605.673.3800

custerbeacon.com

Custer Deli 437 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.3113 or 605.517.0669

Custer Wolf Food & Drink, The 506 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.9653

custerwolf.com

Denial South Dakota 430 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2264

denialsd.com

Feel Good Cafe 907 N. 5th St., Custer 605.961.0202

bavarianinnsd.com

Hjem A.M. 308 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.981.9047

hjemam.com

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Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial®

(page IFC)

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse 605.673.4681 crazyhorsememorial.org

Legion Lake Lodge

Dining Room

12967 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 888.875.0001 or 605.255.4521 custerresorts.com

Maria’s Mexican 607 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.6800

Miner’s Cup

(page 99)

1021 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3882 minerscup.com

Mt. Rushmore Brewing Co. (page 82, IBC)

140 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4200

mtrushmorebrewing company.com

Our Place

738 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.5255

Pizza Hut 549 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3330

pizzahut.com

Pizza Mill

(page 77)

904 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.3306

pizzamillcuster.com

Pizza Works

429 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2020 custerpizzaworks.com

Pounding Fathers

(page 82)

140 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4200

mtrushmorebrewing company.com

Prairie Dog, The 32 N. 4th St., Custer 817.715.8676 facebook.com/ theprairiedogsd

Purple Pie Place

19 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4070

purplepieplace.com

Rocky Knolls Golf Course 12181 W. US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.4481

rockyknollsgolfcourse.com

Sage Creek Grille 611 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2424

sagecreekgrille.com

Skogen Kitchen 29 N. 5th St., Custer 605.673.2241

skogenkitchen.com

Sousleys Hillbilly Barbeque and Catering 605.360.2741

State Game Lodge

Dining Room 13389 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.255.4541 or 800.658.3530

custerresorts.com

Subway 926 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2722

subway.com

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Dining Room 24572 SD Hwy. 87, Custer 605.574.2561 or 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Coffee / Espresso

Calamity Jane’s Coffee Shop & Grill 512 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2269

calamityjanecoffeeshop. com

Custer County Candy Co. 449 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.3911

custercountycandyco.com

Feel Good Cafe 907 N. 5th St., Custer 605.961.0202

bavarianinnsd.com

Good Karma Jewelry 507 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.3047

goodkarmacusterstore.com

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Miner’s Cup

(page 99)

1021 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3882

minerscup.com

Wicked Espresso

5 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Custer 605.673.3999

wickedespresso.com

Desserts / Sweets

Baker’s Bakery & Café 541 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2253

bakersbakerycafe.com

Custer County Candy Co. 449 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3911

custercountycandyco.com

Horatio’s Homemade Ice Cream

548 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4009 horatiosicecream.com

Purple Pie Place 19 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4070

purplepieplace.com

Wine / Beer / Spirits

AJ’s Ore Car Saloon

537 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.3051

Begging Burro Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar

(page 5, 82)

529 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.3300

beggingburro.com

Buglin’ Bull Restaurant & Sports Bar

511 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4477

buglinbull.com

Common Cents Convenience Store

24 W. Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4491

Custer Beacon, The 351 Washington St., Custer 605.673.3800 custerbeacon.com

Custer Wolf Food & Drink, The 506 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.9653 custerwolf.com

Denial South Dakota 430 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.2264 bluerevelation.com

Gold Pan Saloon, The 508 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.8850

custergoldpansaloon.com

Lynn’s Dakotamart 800 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4463

lynnsdakotamart.com

Mt. Rushmore Brewing Co. (page 82, IBC) 140 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4200

mtrushmorebrewing company.com

Rocky Knolls Golf Course 12181 W. US Hwy. 16, Custer 605.673.4481

rockyknollsgolfcourse.com

VFW Post 3442 & Auxiliary 721 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4262

vfw.org

LOCAL SERVICES

Auto / Travel Services A-Monument Cab 605.872.8020

Black Hills Towing 25434 Sidney Park Rd., Custer 605.440.2018 or 605.440.0537

blackhillstowing.com

Custer Car & Pet Wash 932 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4007

Custer County Airport 12220 Aviation Way, Custer 605.673.3874

First Choice Lock and Key 605.440.0331

firstchoice-lock-key.com

LJ’s Recovery & Transport LLC 605.517.1709

ljsrecovery.com

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Murray Auto Repair 1029 Mt Rushmore Rd., Ste. D, Custer 605.673.4496

murrayautorepairsd.com

Steele Collision & Glass 1025 Crook St., Custer 605.673.3443

steelecollisionsd.com

ATMs / Financial Services Black Hills Federal Credit Union

1135 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.718.1818 or 800.482.2428

bhfcu.com

Dacotah Bank

35 S. 6th St., Custer 605.673.5800

dacotahbank.com

First Interstate Bank 648 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2215

firstinterstatebank.com

Highmark Credit Union

602 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4444 or 605.716.4444

highmarkfcu.com

Sentinel FCU

18 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.923.1405 or 888.923.1400

sentinelfcu.org

Health / Wellness

Acupuncture 4 Health 219 Founders Park Dr., Ste. 3, Rapid City & 31 N. 1st St., Custer 605.721.4580

acupuncture4health.com

A Dude’s Place 436 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.517.3955

Allure Spa 21 N. 4th St., Custer 605.673.6060

An English Touch Day Spa 25389 McCurran Ranch Rd., Custer, 406.480.7381

englishtouchdayspa.com

Carson Drug LLC 521 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2225

carsondrugsd.com

Custer Chiropractic, PC 246 N. 5th St., Custer 605.673.5971

Custer Dental Studio 141 N. 5th St., Custer 605.673.2212 or 833.673.2212

custerdentalstudio.com

Garcia Family Clinic- Bella Rejuvenation 14 W Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.956.0072

garciafamilyclinicbellarejuvenation.com

Jon G Gindhart, D.C., P.C. 14 W Mt Rushmore Rd suite 1, Custer 605-441-0131

drjongindhart.com

McDonald Chiropractic Clinic

1369 Montgomery St., Custer 605.673.2634

mcdonaldchiropracticpc.com

Monument Health Custer Hospital & Clinic (page 15)

1220 Montgomery St., Custer 605.673.9400

Monument.health

Premier Family Eyecare 322 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2716

visionsource-custer.com

Southern Hills Family Medicine PLLC 1369 Montgomery St., Custer 605.673.3900

southernhillsfamilymedicine. com

YMCA of Custer 644 Crook St., Custer 605.673.5134

rcymca.org

Places of Worship Abundant Life Fellowship 538 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.517.0665 or 605.517.2881

facebook.com/ abundantlifecuster

Body of Christ Ministry 11703 Black Granite Rd., Custer 307.359.9398

blackgraniteretreat.com

Church at Custer, The 527 Montgomery St., Custer 662.609.7023

facebook.com/ thechurchcuster

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Crossroads Church

12480 US Hwy. 16A, Custer

605.673.2120

crossroadsofcuster.com

Custer Lutheran Fellowship

12622 Hwy. 16A, Custer

605.673.4691

custerlutheran.com

Living Outreach Church

25189 Hwy. 385, Custer

605.673.3926

livingoutreachchurch.org

Mountain View Baptist Church

12230 Aviation Way, Custer

605.673.2498

mountainviewbaptist

custer.com

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

25024 US Hwy. 16/385, Custer

605.673.6311

shepherdofthehillscuster. net

Vineyard Black Hills

25574 Veterans Trl., Custer

605.673.4090 or 605.440.0640

Pet Boarding / Services

L.F.C. Veterinary Service

12679 Hazelrodt Cutoff, Custer

605.673.5959 or 605.870.1358

Southern Hills Animal Clinic

12478 US Hwy. 16A, Custer 605.673.4996

southernhillsanimalclinic. com

Real Estate

Aspen + Pine Realty

1100 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.517.1130

aspenandpinerealty.com

Bradeen Real Estate & Auctions

9 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2629

custerrealestatecenter.com bradeenauction.com

Lewis Realty/ KW Black Hills

14 W. Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.863.0725 or 605.517.0379 destinationblackhills.com

Lampert Properties 239 N. 5th St., Custer 605.673.4567

lampertrealestate.com

Southern Hills Title Inc. 322 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.4838 or 605.673.3331

southernhillstitle.com

Stone Hill of Custer

35 S. 4th St., Custer 605.673.2350

stonehillcuster.com

Tennyson Investments LLC 35 S. 4th St., Custer 605.673.2350

Western Skies Real Estate 523 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2433

westernskiesre.com

Woodland Meadows

Manufactured Housing Park 35 S. 4th St., Custer 605.673.5581

woodland-meadows.com

Community Resources Beecher Rock Vehicle Storage

25537 Galaxy Trl., Custer 605.673.1526

Lost Sock Laundromat & Tara’s Tan’n 242 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer 605.673.2932

Addiction Recovery Centers of the Black Hills

14 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. C, Custer 605.673.2844 or 605.716.7841

Custer Visitor Center 615 Washington St., Custer 605.673.2244 or 800.992.9818

custersd.com

info@custersd.com

Other Beecher Rock Vehicle Storage

25537 Galaxy Trl., Custer 605.673.1526

blackhillsvehiclestorage.com

Southern Hills Screen Printing 662.609.7023

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Custer Chamber of Commerce 615 Washington Street Custer 605.673.2244 or 800.992.9818

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FOODIE PARADISE

There’s a quiet battle raging for who has the best burger in the Black Hills, but we challenge you to discover your own favorite dish. Whether it’s burgers, Native American tacos or our unofficial state food chislic, you won’t go hungry.

Many places have gluten-free and vegetarian options if you ask. Also, look for locally sourced produce for fresh eats!

While they’re technically bison, some menus will list this land mammal as buffalo. Either way, it’s a unique flavor you shouldn’t miss.

Wondering where to find your next favorite meal? Turn to page 98 to see what’s popular near you!

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Chislic

You might be wondering what, exactly, chislic is. If you’ve never heard of it that’s alright; it is a dish rarely found outside of South Dakota. It’s thought to have immigrated here with the Germans from Russia. While recipes may vary, it is generally cubed red meat that is marinated and grilled or fried. Sometimes it’s served on a skewer or toothpicks, usually just in a basket with fries. It’s a regional delicacy that you shouldn’t miss.

Fry Bread

Better than a tortilla and versatile enough to be both savory and sweet; fry bread is a Native American staple you’ll find throughout the Southern Hills. Most are made simply from water, flour and salt and then fried. Some variations use lard or milk as well. The most popular fry bread on menus are Native American tacos served with ground bison or other game meat rather than beef. Another traditional fare you should keep an eye out

for is Wojapi, or a simple berry sauce used for dipping. Chokecherries are the most common, but any berry can be used, and the sauce is generally served alongside fry bread. Both Wojapi and Native American tacos are found locally, especially at Crazy Horse Memorial® and at powwows or other cultural events.

Local Game

Speaking of bison, if you’ve never tried it, you are in for a treat. The ubiquitous land mammal symbolizes our area

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SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT

The Southern Hills are the home of several delightful and unique dessert creations. No matter what your sweet tooth is craving, the food wizards in Keystone, Custer, Hot Springs or Hill City will be able to satisfy your dessert dreams.

Step into one of the ice cream shops and discover flavor combinations that you wouldn’t have imagined. If you’re searching for a homestyle approach to dessert, grab a slice of pie in Custer. And you can’t leave the Southern Hills without trying one of the signature desserts crafted at the Alpine Inn in Hill City — come for the dinner stay for the dessert!

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and has infiltrated our cuisine in a big way.

The most popular use of bison is in place of any recipe that uses beef: tacos, burgers, even the occasional pizza. Bison steaks are also common and a great way to let the true flavor of the meat take center stage. When ordering bison, it’s best to request medium-rare if it suits your palate. Game meat tends to dry out more than beef due to its lean nature. While land mammals tend to steal the show, the Southern Hills are also home

to several lakes, and fishing is a popular pastime here. Even if you don’t have time to catch one, keep an eye out for walleye on menus. As our state fish, you’ll find many locals have almost a reverence for it; which means it’s served in a way that lets the flavor shine.

Kuchen

As the official state dessert of South Dakota, the only thing as varied as the flavors of kuchen is its pronunciation. Even locals who have eaten it all their life

will disagree on how to say it. Some will say “koo-ghen,” others insist “kuh-tchen,” but we all agree to call it delicious. It is historically a European dessert that immigrated to our state in the late 1800s.

History and semantics

aside, there’s no denying the staying power of this tasty dessert. Kuchen is a sort of fruit pie, made from sweet dough and a custard filling. Berries are a popular addition to the filling, but apple and rhubarb are also favorite flavors for locals.

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August is Hill City’s time to shine, when they host a weekend festival dedicated to top-notch BBQ, local beer and wine, and live music. Want an Old West dinner experience? Look for chuck-wagon dinners, where you’ll enjoy wagon rides, music shows and steaks grilled over a campfire.
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Visit the Southern Hills in February to catch Custer’s annual Restaurant Week, where local chefs showcase exciting new dishes.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Cocktails Beer Wine Takeout Delivery Children’s Menu

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Alpine Inn

Alpine Inn

133 Main St., Hill City

605.574.2749

133 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2749

AlpineInnHillCity.com

AlpineInnHillCity.com

Enjoy traditional German flavors of mouthwatering dishes and delicious desserts.

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Sylvan Lake Lodge

Hwy. 87/89 JCT - Custer State Park 605.574.2561

Featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

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605.574.2749 Alpine Inn 133 Main St., Hill City

AlpineInnHillCity.com

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Sick-N-Twisted Brewery & Winery 23851 US-Hwy 385, Hill City 605.574.9200

Blue Bell Lodge Hwy. 87 South - Custer State Park 605.255.4531

Blue Bell Lodge Hwy. 87 South, Custer State Park

SickNTwistedBrewery.com

605.255.4531

Sylvan Lake Lodge Hwy. 87/89 JCT - Custer State Park 605.574.2561

Wine tasting & artisan craft beer. Pizza, pretzels, sandwiches, wings & charcuterie.

Custerresorts.com/dining/ Serving up true Western flavor.

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Begging Burro Mexican Bistro 529 Mt. Rushmore Rd,. Custer

605.673.3300

BeggingBurro.com

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Featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Authentic Mexican bistro for lunch & dinner, plus a tequila bar! Outdoor seating available.

Blue Bell Lodge

Wine tasting & artisan craft beer. Pizza, pretzels, sandwiches, wings & charcuterie.

Hwy. 87 South - Custer State Park 605.255.4531

Serving up true Western flavor.

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Legion Lake Lodge

Legion Lake Lodge Hwy. 16A, Custer State Park

CUSTER

Blue Bell Lodge

Hwy. 16A - Custer State Park 605.255.4521

Hwy. 87 South - Custer State Park 605.255.4531

Offering fast-casual dining.

Serving up true Western flavor. 605.255.4521

Custerresorts.com/dining/ Offering fast casual dining.

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Mt. Rushmore Brewing Co. 140 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Custer

605.673.4200

MtRushmoreBrewing.com

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Legion Lake Lodge Hwy. 16A - Custer State Park 605.255.4521

Full service taproom, house craft beers, elevated pub fare, patio, kids & fido friendly.

Legion Lake Lodge Hwy. 16A, Custer State Park

605.255.4521

Offering fast-casual dining.

Custerresorts.com/dining/ Offering fast casual dining.

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City Alpine Inn 133 Main St., Hill City 605.574.2749
AlpineInnHillCity.com Enjoy traditional German flavors of mouthwatering dishes and delicious desserts.
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Brewery & Winery 23851 US-Hwy 385, Hill City 605.574.9200
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THE PERFECT PAIRING

The flavors of the Southern Hills come alive! Discover your new favorite craft beer or lovingly produced wine at a brewery or winery here in the Southern Hills.

You’ve heard of a dine and dash, but did you know leaving a saloon without paying is called a shoot the crow?

Live music is a staple of our breweries and wineries. You can find an artist or group performing almost every night in the summer.

Commercial wineries weren’t legal in South Dakota until 1996. Now, we have over 30 around the state — including 4 in the Southern Hills.

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While you’re out finding adventure in the Southern Hills, you might find yourself a bit parched. Our breweries and wineries will fix you right up; whether you want something light and refreshing or deep and flavorful. Most of them also have food, patios, and lawn games that ensure stopping for a beverage will entertain the entire family.

Breweries

From standard pilsners artfully executed to curious concoctions that will tease

your palate, our breweries always have something new to share. Not sure where to start? Each brewery has their own flagship brews that got them started. Most are more than happy to share what makes it great or give you a personal recommendation.

Craft beer has become increasingly popular in the past decade, and the Southern Hills has been home to great brews from the start. What makes ours different is the brewers’ focus on locally sourced ingredients. From hops grown on a nearby

farm to carefully tended beehives, our brewers know that the beautiful Black Hills are a bountiful source of exceptional flavors.

Wineries

While South Dakota’s economy is driven by agriculture, there are actually few grape varieties that do well here. Luckily, that doesn’t stop our wineries from producing unique, awardwinning wines year after year.

Many of our original settlers were experienced in winemaking, and in true

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KID AND FIDO FRIENDLY

Since many breweries and wineries also offer food, kids and family under legal drinking age are allowed. Some even cater to younger guests by offering sodas and other hand-crafted non-alcoholic beverages. On top of that, you’ll find inviting lawns and yard games everyone can enjoy.

A growing number of establishments in the Southern Hills also welcome your favorite furry friend. Most will require your dog to remain leashed while on the premises and expect the common courtesy of cleaning up after them. Make sure you call ahead or check individual businesses’ websites, as policies may change.

pioneer fashion, they brought what they knew and adapted it to prairie living. This is why you’ll find wines around the Southern Hills made from what we call prairie berries. These berries are essentially any fruit found on plants native to the prairie, and they produce wine with a distinct character you won’t find anywhere else.

Best of Both Worlds

As drinking tastes change, our breweries and wineries adapt. If you love a crisp, bubbly seltzer, you’re in luck!

Several businesses offer them alongside their other taps and bottles. You can find ciders, meads and nonalcoholic offerings on menus as well.

You’ll see some breweries are situated right next door to wineries and vice versa. Some businesses have expanded their expertise from one craft into another over the years. This means you’ll be able to find both beer and wine in some places, or you can try both by walking a short distance between establishments.

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Many breweries use locally sourced ingredients — watch for honey, lavender or juniper beers, as they are commonly foraged ingredients. It’s a family affair: several of our wine and beer makers have been crafting tasty beverages for generations, and their expertise shows!
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Firehouse is the oldest operating brewery in South Dakota, and they offer craft beer, award-winning wine and now camping and lodging!

ROUGHING IT ... OR NOT

Where you lay your head at night is just as important as where you’re exploring next. We have every style of accommodation you could want — because your lodging should be as exceptional as your Southern Hills adventures.

Bringing your four-legged family members? You’ll find lodging that accommodates dogs, cats, even horses!

When you stay in the Southern Hills, you’re in good company. We’ve hosted movie stars and sitting presidents — all we need is you!

Want the outdoor experience minus the ruggedness? Check out our glamping options; you’ll be sleeping under the stars in style

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However you’ve arrived, whether by plane or road trip, the last thing you will want to do is drive farther than you have to before settling in. Stay centric to all the Black Hills has to offer by booking at one of the lodging options in the Southern Hills.

Comfort in Familiarity

Throughout the Southern Hills, you can find all the brand name hotels that you know and trust. You’ll find the usual amenities like continental breakfast and swimming pools, but

also a decidedly Black Hills aesthetic. Many hotels have added rustic decor in their lobbies and rooms. We also have plenty of family-owned hotels and motels we encourage you to check out. You’ll find smaller properties, which means fewer crowds, but the same level of amenities with a homey touch. Some are owned by families who have lived here in the Southern Hills their entire lives, and they’re more than happy to give you the inside scoop on their favorite things to do.

Cabins, Rentals, B&Bs

A great option if you’re traveling with a large group or extended family is to rent a cabin or ranch house for your stay. You’ll have the entire place to yourself, which in some cases means your own personal patch of wilderness. We have cabins that fit a small family of four to large gatherings of over 20!

Looking for a homey feel that comes with stellar food? Look no further than our bed and breakfasts. They’ll welcome you in and treat you like family — and feed you

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LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS

If you want to camp while you’re here, we ask that you respect the beautiful wilderness by keeping it wild. Make sure when you set up camp you disturb as little of the surrounding nature as possible. Keep a clean camp and don’t leave trash or food lying around.

Some areas allow campfires, but please check with wherever you’re staying for current restrictions. Our forest has been ravaged by past wildfires that could have been prevented with proper precautions.

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like one too! You’re certain to find amenable lodging with equally agreeable hosts. One of the newest trends in lodging has also arrived in the Southern Hills: glamping. If you want to spend time immersed in nature with nothing but canvas between you and the outdoors, these rentals will be right up your alley. Enjoy all the conveniences of a cabin, but with less structure. You can find several around the Southern Hills, but act fast — because of their popularity, they sell out quickly.

Motoring for Fun

Load up the RV, pack up the travel trailer, or gas up the motorhome. The Southern Hills are calling to all those road warriors and nomads who find a homebase in their RV. If you’re looking for a place to park your rig, discover what so many RVers already know about the Southern Hills — that RVs are welcomed here in a big way.

Want to go for the unplugged experience? Book a site at one of the National Forest campgrounds. Fishing, boating and other watery

fun could be just a few steps outside the door of your RV — not to mention the hiking and the views.

Maybe you want to take advantage of all of the whistles and bells in your mobile castle. Check out some of the less rustic motorhome experiences that some of the private campgrounds offer. Full hookups, pull through spots, cable access, internet access, pools, fire pits, and other fabulous RV amenities can be found throughout the Southern Hills.

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Some hotels and resorts are close to our pristine lakes and offer water sport rentals for you to enjoy during your stay. Camping in the hills away from developed fee sites is known as “dispersed camping.” Camp for free for 14 days, but stay 1/2 mile away from other sites.
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Prefer to bring home with you? We have a plethora of campgrounds, from primitive hike-in spots to full RV hookups.
108 LODGING Nestled on 12 5 acres atop a high mesa overlooking the Black Hills of South Dakota Book Direct highlandmeadowsresort.com LODGING OPTIONS 4 Cottages 2 Authentic Sioux Style Tipi Tents Glamping Wall Tent (summer 2023) FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN FIRE PIT • YARD GAMES • GRILLS Booking also available through AirBnB, VRBO & Google com Six Stunning Log Cabin Rentals For information and reservations, please call 605.574.2220 or scan this QR code • Half mile from Shops, Art Galleries and Restaurants • Property gate opens onto the Mickelson Hiking & Biking Trail • Full Kitchens & Clawfoot Bathtubs or Rock-Surround Showers • Gas Fireplaces & Barbeques • Open Year-Round 12407 Deerfield Road, Hill City, SD • NewtonForkRanch.com

One with Nature

The first question to ask when considering camping in the Southern Hills is what are you bringing with you? Maybe you or your family are not the type who brings the comforts of home on the road with a fully stocked RV. Maybe you’re searching for a more rugged experience. Maybe you’re more of a carryin-all-of-your-own-gear sort of group.

If a camping experience is what you seek, we have plenty of variety to suit

every taste, both in location and amenities. You can find campgrounds with tent areas and hike-in spots all throughout the Southern Hills. And within the Black Hills National Forest, you can camp almost anywhere you can pitch a tent — just make sure to get your permit first.

And if you’ve forgotten, lost or broken any necessary piece of camping equipment, the Southern Hills are dotted with adventure outfitters who would be more than happy to help you come up

with a solution to whatever camping dilemma may crop up during your stay.

The Southern Hills truly capture the wonder and beauty of the Black Hills — from ponderosa-covered peaks to softly rolling prairies and lake shores. No matter what type of stay you are looking for — whether you’re looking to get pampered or if you’re wanting to really rough it — we welcome you to hang your hat up in our communities and relax with us during your trip.

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OUR FAVORITE STAYS

Cabins

Newton Fork Ranch

12407 Deerfield Rd., Hill City

605.574.2220

NewtonForkRanch.com

Six log cabins with full kitchens, claw foot tubs or rock-surround showers, gas fireplaces/ BBQs & decks with views. Open year-round.

Cabins / Campground

Hidden Lake Campground & Resort 27291 Evans St., Hot Springs 605.745.4042

CampAtHiddenLake.com

Relax, refresh, restore. Camp with us to enjoy nature, disconnect and make unforgettable memories.

Hotel / Motel

Hills Inn 640 S. 6th., Hot Springs

605 745 3130

hotspringshillsinn com online booking

Free Mini Golf with room rental Free WiFi & continental breakfast At-door parking and Tesla Destination Chargers Seasonal pool

Family owned and operated since 1995

Cabins / Campground

Sunrise Ridge Campground 27288 Wind Cave Rd., Hot Springs 605 745 4397

SunriseRidgeCampground com

Enjoy the sunrise over Battle Mountain while you plan your adventures in the Black Hills

Newly renovated sites and cabins. Brand new bathhouse.

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Cabins

Rustic Ridge Guest Cabins

12980 S. Hwy 16, Keystone 800.889.0932 or 605.666.4848

RusticRidgeGuestCabins.com

Log cabins minutes from attractions. Each cabin has unique mountain setting with log

Cabins / Campground

Sylvan Lake Lodge

24572 US Hwy 87, Custer State Park 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

The current Sylvan Lake Lodge was built in 1937, with new updates added in 2022 There are 31 cabins in the pine- and spruce-covered hillside, including sleeping cabins, a honeymoon cabin, and housekeeping cabins.

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State Game Lodge

13389 Hwy 16A, Custer State Park 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

The State Game Lodge is a gracious native stone and wood lodge built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927 and was visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

Cabins / Campground

Blue Bell Lodge

25453 Hwy 87, Custer State Park 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

The log sleeping cabins at Blue Bell are some of the nicest 4-person log cabins in the Park, with vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces. Around the main lodge there are 29 total cabins, including sleeping cabins, a honeymoon cabin, and housekeeping cabins.

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Legion Lake Lodge

13389 Hwy 16A, Custer State Park 888.875.0001

custerresorts.com

Legion Lake Resort offers 26 comfortable, family-sized cabins that are in the forest within walking distance to the lake. Choose from sleeping cabins, housekeeping cabins, or the two-story Centennial Cabin.

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We have something for everyone, but once you’ve found what you’re looking for, act fast! Many places book up fast, especially in the summer months.
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