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.
Custer State Park is a 71,000 acre vacation paradise located south of Keystone. The park features 1,300 free roaming buffalo, the famous Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. Eight campgrounds with 330 sites, 50 camper cabins and four historic full service lodges with cabins, lodge and motel rooms. Explore lakes, streams, hiking, biking, and Park Naturalist programs.
Ride, slide, zip, climb or stroll! Cruise the 2000-ft. Alpine Slide in wheeled sled. Chairlift up to wander flower-lined pathways & dine at Garden Cafe with view of Mt. Rushmore. Thrill to a speedy flight on 800-ft. Zipline. Challenge the Aerial Adventure Park’s suspended ladders, ropes, zip lines, & bridges.
Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills sits the National Presidential Wax Museum. Visitors gain insight into our nation's democracy through life-size, realistic wax figures depicting our country's most shaping experiences in dramatic historical settings. Recapture the spirit of patriotism as you witness the evolution of American democracy represented by all 44 presidents. Enjoy a self-guided hour-long tour of 96 wax figures in this amazing collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find fun on all levels at the Black Hills' premier destination for family fun. Explore the beautiful stalactite-filled caverns on a Scenic Cave Tour into Rushmore Cave. If you love roller coasters, you will love the Rushmore Mountain Coaster, new for 2016. Discover the sensation of flying over treetops on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride, and test your shooting skills at the Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride. If you are looking for adventure, you will find it at Rush Mountain Adventure Park. Check our website, www.rushmtn.com, for more information and videos.
Open Daily: May-September. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday through October. Open Labor Day. Cave Tours every 15 minutes. 5 Miles East of Keystone on Hwy 40.
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.
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.
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.