Big Thunder Gold Mine is the most complete historical mining experience in the Black Hills. You can tour an original underground mine and pick up a free gold ore sample. You may also pan for gold either in a creek on a claim or pan for gold and gems on site. Gold is guaranteed. 2 gift shops and eatery.
Inside Grizzly Creek Gifts
A 3-D black light battle arena awaits you in a high energy air cannon game. Whose side will you be on, the dragon or the wizard? Collect as many foam balls as you can, man your battle stations and blast away! For 2-12 players at a time, this is a great way to settle those arguments you had in the car.
The best way to see Mt. Rushmore is by helicopter. Rushmore Helicopters offers 6 tour packages ranging from $49 per person to $229 per person. Sites that can be seen include Black Elk Peak, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Cathedral Spires, Needles Highway & so much more.
Come Visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, one of America’s greatest private wilderness areas! Founded in 1988 by Dayton O. Hyde. See hundreds of wild mustangs and their foals roaming free across wind swept prairies. Travel back in time and view the rugged natural beauty of America as it was 100 years ago. Explore wild horse history and learn how important horses were to early man.
Visit and feel the splendor of the 1890 Victorian Schoolhouse in Keystone! Keystone was developed through the gold rush of the late 1890's. The Historical Keystone Museum houses displays of local Keystone history including mining and the making of Mt Rushmore collectibles. It also houses the collectibles of Carrie Ingalls of "Little House on the Prairie" fame. She lived most of her adult life in Keystone. The museum is free. The Keystone Historical Society manages the museum and the Keystone Historical Walking Tour with 21 sign sites throughout the community of Keystone. The walking tour is also free. Brochures available at the Chamber.
Your family can enjoy over 100 popular farm animals in a clean, relaxed hands-on environment. This beautiful farm on the road to Mount Rushmore is a great place to play with, feed and even bottle feed some of the many friendly animals.
For over 50 years The Stables at Palmer Gulch has provided fun trail rides into the most beautiful places in the Black Hills National Forest.
Guided rides are offered multiple times daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day
The chuck wagon supper is an open-air show that takes place in a remote mountain meadow.
You’ll choose to ride to the show on a good saddle horse OR on a horse drawn covered wagon.
You’ll enjoy a real cowboy music show performed by local ranchers. Watch a real Dutch Oven cook grill Dakota grown beef steaks over an aspen-wood camp fire and enjoy delicious side dishes prepared fresh right off the Chuck Wagon.
The Stables at Palmer Gulch is just minutes from Rapid City, Deadwood and Custer State Park! Centrally located 5 miles west of Mt. Rushmore and Keystone.
Challenging, yet fun! The 18-hole mini golf course rises up a 50 foot steep hillside, and then descends back down the slope. The first and eighteenth holes are unified by a gold mining display and rushing water that flows over a waterwheel and into a millpond. Three types of artificial turf simulate fairways, sand traps and rough will add to the realistic experience that only Holy Terror can offer!
Available mid-May to mid-September
50 minute guided bus tour of Ellsworth Air Force Base
Bus Tour Requirements
Valid Drivers License, Military ID, Passport or State issued ID required for passengers 18 and older. Bus tours are conducted on EAFB. Due to security requirements all bus tour guests will be required to pass a security check before being allowed to go on the base. Tour is not handicapped accessible, guests must be able descend and climb 30 stairs.
The Fun Zone Mirror Maze has surprising corners, dead ends and continuous circles to make this a different experience each time you go through. The entire family will love this. See if you can find your way as you see your reflection in every direction!
Experience a world where mystery, science, and comedy collide and the laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk! You can stand on the wall, change height without moving up or down and feel the unexplained force of the mystery cabin! Allow extra time to excavate and crack open your own geode!
Are you ready to go wild? Then you are ready for Reptile Gardens. This is where you will find the world's most renowned collection of exotic reptiles which includes rare lizards, turtles, snakes, crocodiles, frogs and salamanders. We have rare birds, beautiful minerals, prehistoric fossils and botanical specimens. We have three shows featuring snakes, birds of prey, alligators and crocodiles. Every step is a new discovery. Every turn is another adventure. Every visit is a lifetime of memories. Open April 1st to November 30th. Located on Hwy 16 on the Road to Mount Rushmore.
Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest mountain carving in progress, between Custer & Hill City on Hwy 16/385, The Crazy Horse Memorial Hwy. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski & Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial's mission is to honor the culture, tradition & living heritage of North American Indians.