Mount Rushmore is why people first visit...
…the Black Hills are why everyone keeps coming back to South Dakota.
Top 10 things (plus a few) you should not miss on any visit to the Black Hills.
Black Hills Balloons – Custer, SD. Experience the Black Hills forest by the oldest form of flight known to man. Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse mountain, Custer State Park, scenic lakes and herds of wild buffalo, elk and deer are frequent sights. 605-673-2520
Black Hills Playhouse – located in Custer State Park near Center Lake, has been a professional summer theater company since 1946. Season runs early June to late August.
Custer State Park – South Dakota’s largest state park. Home to great rock climbing, hiking, fishing, camping….being outdoors having fun!.
Black Elk Peak – (formerly known as Harney Peak) Hike to the highest point in the US east of the Rocky Mountains.
Devils Tower National Monument – Lots of people enjoy climbing it with us, but many more are content to just look up at the climbers while walking around the base.
Wind Cave National Park – Cave below the surface, enjoy viewing the animals above the surface.
Jewel Cave National Monument – The second longest known cave in the world.
Mickelson Bike Trail – is a beautiful 109 mile rails-to-trails system that spans the Black Hills Forest from north to south and gives you a taste of the natural variety of the area. There are also hundreds of miles of excellent mountain biking trails from rugged single track to gently rolling logging roads.
1880 Train – Hill City, SD. Steam locomotives and vintage cars make several trips daily between Hill City and Keystone, South Dakota. Open early May to early October. Reservations recommended.
Bear Country USA – Rapid City, SD. Unique drive-through wildlife park features North American animals roaming free in their natural habitat. Adventure walking tour of Baby Land where bear cubs, wolf pups and more are on display.
Reptile Gardens – It is one on America’s oldest tourist attractions and largest collections of reptiles. Worth a visit for sure.
Learn more about some Black Hills Towns, as well as our top picks of things to do near each.
Mountain Biking in the Black Hills
South Dakota is a great place to bring your mountain bikes.
The Mickelson Trail is a premier Rails To Trails trek that runs 109 miles north to south through some of the most scenic portions of the Black Hills.
Single track riding on the Black Hills National Forest is super. Pedaling around the Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park (aka M-Hill) is an awesome addition to Rapid City.
You can learn about hiking and biking trails in the Black Hills at BlackHillsTrails.org
Black Hills is home to a great many Gravel Grinder and Single Track bike races and rides as well as some uber BURLEY Fat Bike rides.
Trail Rides in the Black Hills go together like bread and butter.
You can bring your own horses to the Black Hills, but there are plenty of places to enjoy a great trail ride and let someone else scoop the poop.
Rockin’ R Trail Rides near Custer, SD has been a favorite of many of our guests.
Hollingsworth Horses Near Custer, SD is great if you have some experience and are looking for a little more freedom.
The Stables at Palmer Gulch has chuck wagon dinners and trail rides.
Blue Bell Stables is a Custer State Park tradition.