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area attractions

There are a countless number of things to do & enjoy in the Black Hills

Mt Rushmore National Memorial
Buffalo in Custer State Park
Pigtail Bridge on Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park
Burros in Custer State Park

South Dakota State Parks:

Western South Dakota boasts 6 state parks, the largest and most visited is Custer State Park whose northern boundary is only one mile from Spokane Creek!

  • Angostura State Recreation Area (55 Miles) : This large reservoir located in the Southern Black Hills is a great place to spend the day swimming, boating, or fishing.

  • Custer State Park (1 Mile) : 71,000 acres of spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, swimming, and naturalist programs. The park is also home to one of the nation’s largest bison herds.

  • George S. Mickelson Trail (20 Miles) : 109-mile long trail that follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington Northern rail line. Enjoyed by hikers and bikers the trail has over 100 converted rail bridges, 4 rock tunnels, and 14 trailheads.

  • Bear Butte State Park (65 Miles) : A solitary mountain east of Sturgis that served as a pioneer landmark and continues its role as a holy mountain and founding place religion for many Plains Indian Tribes.

  • Rocky Point State Recreation Area (80 Miles) : Located in the Northern Black Hills is the Belle Fourche Reservoir an 8,000 acre fishing haven created by Orman Dam. While principally used for irrigation it is a popular destination for walleye fishers.

  • Roughlock Falls State Park (65 Miles) : 50-foot cascading waterfall in stunning Spearfish Canyon. Complete with trails, catwalks, viewing nodes, picnic area, and restrooms.

National Parks:

While Mt. Rushmore is the most visited National Monument in the area, be sure to visit the five (5) other parks and monuments in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.

Black Hills Culture:

Noteworthy people and places of the region come alive at these cultural centers and museums.

Family Attractions:

Fun activities for kids and grown-ups alike!

For The Adventurous:

Trail rides, trains, hot air balloons - make your vacation an adventure!

Geological Museums & Education:

Rocks and Dinosaurs – have fun learning the geological history of the Black Hills.


Looking for a private tour of the area, Dave's World Tours out of Custer South Dakota will pick up from our campground.  He offers a variety of tour options to suit your needs.

Area History:

Looking for the old west?  It’s here at these quality regional museums.

Chuckwagon Dinners & Shows:

Great evening outings with world class entertainment.

Gold Mines:

There’s gold in them hills! Find it for yourselves at these area favorites.

Animal Parks:

From drive thru parks to petting zoos - something mild to wild!

Private Caves:

The Black Hills is a geological wonderland of one-of-a-kind formations both above ground and below. These family owned caves offer great sights and helpful staff.

Sioux Heritage:

Learn of the Great Sioux Nation through art, artifacts, and tours.

Travel Bureaus & Chambers of Commerce:

Addition information on area communities – most of which offer free information packets!

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