Attractions

1880 Train

222 Railroad Ave, Hill City or 103 Winter St., Keystone

Phone: 605-574-2222

Experience a historic, breathtakingly scenic, relaxing vintage steam train ride your family will never forget.  Don't miss our special runs, but book early because they sell out fast.

1881 Courthouse Museum

411 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer

Phone: 605-673-2443

Email: info@1881courthousemuseum.com

Housed in the original Dakota Territory courthouse, the 1881 Courthouse Museum
explores the history of the Black Hills and Dakota Territory from 1874 to present day.
 

Authentic Chuckwagon

Phone: 605-393-5555

An authentic Chuckwagon meal with family friendly western entertainment. We come to you! Available to book for your group event (horse camp, barn raising, branding, reunions, churches, festivals, company picnic/party, etc.

Featuring "The South Dakota Lady", an 1890's restored chuckwagon, with world famous cowboy cook, historian, and award winning cowboy poet Phill Randall. Open fire and dutch oven cooking. Also featuring the award winning western duo Allen & Jill bringing you traditional and origional western music and entertainment. For information and to book: 605-393-5555. 

Bear Country USA

13820 South Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702

Phone: 605-343-2290

Email: pabear@bearcountryusa.com

Unique drive-thru wildlife park features North American animals roaming free in their natural habitat. Walking tour of Baby Land where bear cubs, wolf pups and more are on display.

Black Hills Aerial Adventures

24564 Hwy 16/385 Custer

Phone: 605-673-2163

Email: bhaerial@goldenwest.net

Black Hills Aerial Adventures has been taking visitors for thrilling aerial tours since 1990.  Black Hills Aerial Adventures, right on Highway 16/385 a mile north of Crazy Horse Monument, plus her sister companies Rushmore Helicopters in Keystone near Mt. Rushmore and Badlands Helicopters at the entrance to the Badlands National Park, have been under the same local ownership and operation for 28 years flying nearly 22,000 visitors each summer season.  A wide variety of tour packages and price points are available featuring eye level views of Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monuments, the unique to this area Cathedral Spires, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, the Badlands National Park and so much more.  Age is no limit-we fly infants (providing ear protection for the babies) through centenarians-a bucket list must.  Reservations can be made at www.coptertours.com.  However, reservations are not required.  We fly continuously all day long starting at 9am, 7 days a week (weather permitting).

Black Hills Aerial Adventures

24564 Hwy 16/385 Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-2163

Email: bhaerial@goldenwest.net

Offering helicopter tours from three heliports near Crazy Horse, near Mt Rushmore and in the Badlands, this is the only helicopter tour company authorized to conduct aerial tours in Mt Rushmore National Park and Badlands National Park.  Experience the awesome splendor of the Hills and the rugged natural beauty of the Badlands with breathtaking views of Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park, the Needles and Cathedral Spires, Harney Peak as well as many of our mountain lakes.  We offer a variety of tours and fly 7 days a week from May to October, weather permitting.  Reservations are suggested but not required.

Black Hills Balloons

25173 Lower French Creek Rd., Custer

Phone: 605-673-2520

Email: info@blackhillsballoons.com

Witness untouched wilderness, a breathtaking 360 degree sunrise & local wildlife from a hot air balloon. May - Oct; sunrise one-hour flights include a traditional champagne toast & 1st flight certificate.  Reservations required.

Black Hills Playhouse

24834 S Playhouse Rd Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-255-4141

Email: contact@blackhillsplayhouse.com

Relax in the heart of Custer State Park and enjoy professional theatre at friendly South Dakota prices. Reservations recommended.

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

12163 Highland Rd. Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone: 605-745-5955

See hundreds of wild horses roam in their natural habitat.  Explore early pioneer and Native American history.  Experience ancient petroglyphs and ceremonial sites.  Open year round.  Please call for reservations.

Blue Bell Hayride Chuck Wagon Cookout

25453 Highway 87 Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-255-4531

Take an old fashioned hayride in Custer State Park. Sing along as you travel through the back roads of the park to a quiet meadow where you’ll be treated to a chuck wagon feast and entertainment.

Blue Bell Stables - Trail Rides

25453 Highway 87 Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-255-4531

Saddle up for a scenic ride in Custer State Park and the surrounding Black Hills. Trail rides range from ½ hour to full-day rides.

Buffalo Ridge Theater

370 W Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer

Phone: 1-800-646-8729

Email: theater@goldenwest.net

Buffalo Safari Jeep Rides

13389 US Highway 16A Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-255-4541

Take a backcountry tour that leads you through the roaming buffalo herds of Custer State Park. Guides offer historic and educational information as you get up close to the wildlife.

Circle B Chuckwagon Cowboy Dinner Show

13128 Ray Smith Dr Hill City, SD 57745

Phone: 605-574-2129

The Circle B Chuckwagon has been a family tradition in the Black Hills since 1976.  Come early for Wax Bullet Pistol Shooting, Gem Panning, Model Calf Roping and other fun activities for families.  Come shop in the Wild Horse Gift Shop that offers unique gifts and special collectibles.  Kids love being a part of the Posse looking for the Biscuit Bandit in the Circle B Gunfight before supper.  For supper, choose Roast Beef or BBQ Chicken with all the cowboy fixins!  After supper, the Circle B Cowboys take the stage with beautiful harmonies and ranch humor.  The Ticket Booth and activities open at 4PM.  The Gunfight is at 5:20PM with the supper and show at 5:30PM.  Located 4 miles west of Hill City off Deerfield Road.  Please call for reservations: 800-403-7358.  Open Mondays through Saturdays, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.  Experience and taste the best of the West at the Circle B Chuckwagon!
GREAT FOOD*****FAMILY FUN

Circle K Horse & RV Camp

11596 Hwy 16, Custer

Phone: 605-673-4333

Email: kklein1972@hotmail.com

Open year round, horse and rv park conveniently located 7 miles west of Custer nestled against national forest.  Water and electricity available, full kitchen, 4 baths, 2 showers and firepits.  Pet friendly facility.  Equestrians, hunters, families and groups welcome.  Farrier on site 3-4 days a week and horse tack available for purchase.

Country Charm Cabins & Corrals

11863 West Argyle Road, Custer

Phone: 605-673-2686

Cabins, camping, trail riding in the Southern Black Hills. Trail rides conducted in the Black Hills National Forest. Horse camping also available. Packages available for lodging and trail rides.

Crazy Horse Memorial

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Custer, SD

Phone: 605-673-4681

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

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. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by continuing the progress on the world’s largest sculptural undertaking by carving a memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse; by providing educational and cultural programming; by acting as a repository for American Indian artifacts, arts and crafts through the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center; and by establishing and operating the Indian University of North America and, when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.

 

Custer Farmers' Market

Mt. Rushmore Rd. and 4th St. Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-5230

Email: gdcleveland@goldenwest.net

Custer Farmers' Market, located at Way Park on Mt. Rushmore RD in Custer, SD. Every Saturday June - October, 8 am - 12:30 pm.

Custer State Park

13329 US Hwy 16A, Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-255-4515

Email: custerstatepark@state.sd.us

Home to a large roaming bison herd, this 71,000-acre park features scenic drives, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping and four outstanding resorts in a must-see setting.

Custer UTV Rentals

25112 Golden Valley Road

Phone: 605-673-6600

Email: rvrentals@blackhillsrv.net

Drive UTV's from Custer's Gulch RV Park and Campground onto the many forest service trails and Custer State Park.
All drivers must be 21.

Destination Black Hills

549 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-4000 or 800-658-3530

Email: info@destinationblackhills.com

Destination Black Hills is your reservation and activity center for the Southern Black Hills. Whether you are planning a vacation, family reunion or a quiet getaway, our friendly reservationists will help you plan and book your next visit to the Black Hills.

Four Mile Old West Town

11921 West Highway 16, Custer

Phone: 605-673-3905

Email: fourmile@gwtc.net

The lost ghost town of Moss City, according to the postal records. Step back in to yesterday and experience the old west as it really was. Melodramas - Family Fun! Open mid May through early October.

Frontier Photo

604 Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer

Phone: 605-673-4660

Email: frontierphotos@goldenwest.net

Frontier Photo provides classic antique portraits and antique style frames.  Specializing in large groups, children's and family portraits.  Flash back to the 1840's and have a photo in minutes.

Gold Pan Saloon

580 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-8850

Email: ewemadeit@aol.com

Feel like you’ve gone back in time when you walk through our swinging doors and see the sawdust on the floor. Located downtown Custer.

Grizzly Gulch Adventure Golf

231 W Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer

Phone: 605-673-1708

Email: grizzlygulchgolf@gmail.com

18 hole Mini Golf Course, fun for the whole family!  Hours 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

High Country Guest Ranch

12138 Ray Smith Dr. Hill City, SD 57745

Phone: 605-574-9003

Email: barbara@highcountryguestranch.com

The ranch is home to Brulé, the #1 Native American show in the world, outdoors in the Buffalo Moon Theater. Indoors enjoy the Circle B Chuckwagon Dinner Show and western activities. Trail rides run all summer with our world-class wranglers. Log vacation homes, cabins and RV sites await you in a serene mountain setting. Swimming pool, bicycle rentals; located 4 miles west of Hill City on Deerfield Road.

 

Hill City Mercantile/Spearfish Creek Fly Shop

740 N. Main St., Spearfish & 227 Main St., Hill City

Phone: 605-574-2344

Email: highmountainoutfitters.sd@gmail.com

Guided and instructional fly fishing trips and gear; mountain apparel and footwear; home decor, gifts, Montana Silver Jewelry, and books.

Hollingsworth Horses

25470 Stagg Rd, Custer SD 57730

Phone: 605-517-0860

Email: hollingsworth.horses@gmail.com

Our guided horseback riding lets you ride where you want on our increadibly scenic 122 acre ranch with large granite outcroppings, ponds, wildlife, pine trees and aspen trees.  We also uniquely offer unguided riding for advanced riders that can give subtle directional cues to a horse due to many hours of riding horses.  Our ranch borders the Mickelson Trail on one side and the Black Hills National Forest on three sides which are available for unguided rides.  Frequent riding with us builds generous rate redutions.  We are open all year.  Call or email for further details and reservations. 

Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse Memorial

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse

Phone: 605-673-4681

The Indian Museum of North America is home to an extraordinary collection of donated art and artifacts reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of Native Americans.

Jewel Cave National Monument

11149 US Hwy. 16, Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-8300

The monument preserves and protects the third longest cave in the world. Not only do the passageways offer a maze of exploration opportunities, the cave formations are often considered one-of-a-kind for visitors. The visitor center offers new displays and cave tours are available year round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. 

Basic Reservation Information: 844-245-6179
Reservations are available for the Scenic Tour and can be made between 48 hours and 90 days prior to arrival. SAME DAY TOURS or NEXT DAY TOURS are available at Jewel Cave National Monument; tickets for same day tours or next day tours are available onsite on a first come first serve basis. Only 30 people allowed per tour. 
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Lean Horse 100/Progessive Racing Production, LLC

Phone: 605-484-5878

Email: track@rushmore.com

The Lean Horse Ultra is considered to be one of the best first time ultras in the country because of the great running surface, gentle elevation changes and user friendly course.

For more than 10 years, Lean Horse 100 Ultra has inspired runners of all abilities and from all walks of life, from all over the country and world come to South Dakota to test themselves over the 50k, 50 mile and 100 mile distances and new in 2014 the 30K and a Five person 100 Mile Relay.

Come see why people from all over the world come to South Dakota to participate in the Lean Horse 100 Ultra Marathon.

Mammoth Site

1800 US 18 By-Pass, Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone: 605-745-6017

Email: news@mammothsite.org

America's International Treasure. This National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 61 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 85 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activities for children, an educational experience for the entire family. One of the top fossil interpretive sites in North America.

Mickelson Trail

Trail office: 11361 Nevada Gulch Rd. Lead, SD 57754

Phone: 605-584-3896

Email: mickelsontrail@state.sd.us

114 mile hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trail, through the heart of the Black Hills.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 SD Hwy 244, Keystone, SD 57751

Phone: 605-574-2523

Email: moru-superintendent@nps.gov

America’s Shrine of Democracy gives a glimpse into the history of the United States. The Memorial is open year-round; closed December 25 . The evening interpretive program, which is offered during the summer months in the Amphitheater, is among the National Park Service's most popular programs.

National Presidential Wax Museum

609 Highway 16A Keystone, SD 57751

Phone: 605-666-4455

Email: presidentialwax@aol.com

Celebrate America's proud heritage with a parade of US presidents in historical settings. Featuring the newly elected president.

Prairie Berry Winery

23837 Hwy 385 Hill City, SD 57745

Phone: 605-574-3898

Guests "discover gold" with our international award-winning wines, state-of-the-art facility, unique gifts, Euro-Deli and events. South Dakota wines since 1876. Open daily, year-round for free wine tasting. Hours vary with seasons.

Rabbit Bicycles and Black Hills Shuttle

175 Walnut Ave, Hill City

Phone: 605-574-4302

Email: rabbitbicycles@outlook.com

We are STILL your experts on the Mickelson Trail for bicycles, shuttles and coffee!  Serving Hill City and Custer.

Reptile Gardens

8955 S Highway 16 Rapid City, SD 57702

Phone: 605-342-5873

Email: johnnyb@reptilegardens.com

This is where you’ll find the Guinness Book of World Records' largest reptile zoo, stunning gardens, tropical birds, and beautiful minerals.

Richard Tucker, Sculptor

24946 America Center Road, Custer, SD 57730

Hours/Seasonality: By appointment

Phone: 605-440-2280 | 605-673-2463

Email: richardleetucker@gmail.com

Bronze sculptures of wildlife, western, and human figures. Come see my studio and new sculpture garden at 24946 America Center Road, Custer, SD 57730. Please call before you come out.

Rockin R Rides, Inc

24853 Village Ave, Custer

Phone: 605-673-2999 Summer (May 1 - Oct. 1) | Cell: 520-349-6078

Email: rockinrrides@aol.com

Daily guided trail rides in family-friendly, small group setting with professional and knowledgeable guides, 7 days a week, Memorial Day weekend through September. Great location, just one mile south of Crazy Horse Memorial and three miles north of Custer City.

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

12181 US Hwy 16, PO Box 844, Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-4481

Nine-hole layout begins with a short, dramatic par five that includes an approach shot through imposing rock formations. Beautiful surroundings, a true test of skill and glimpses of wildlife among the pines.

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

12181 W. US-16, Custer, SD 57730

Hours/Seasonality: Dawn to Dusk

Phone: 605-673-4481

The 9-hole, par 36 Rocky Knolls Golf Course offers 3,084 yards of precision golf from the longest tee. The natural landscape of the course is refreshing and offers scenic views of the Southern Black Hills. The fairways are lined with mature Ponderosa Pines and demand accuracy off the tee. The course rating is 35.9 and has a slope rating of 136 from the tips. Rocky Knolls Golf Course opened in 1965. Steve Price manages the clubhouse and, as the course superintendent, keeps the course in excellent condition.

Ruby Creek Ranch - Wagon Rides & Chuckwagon Suppers

140 Mt Rushmore Rd. Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-5924 Cell: 605-517-0141

Email: dnb@gwtc.net

Ruby Creek Ranch offers authentic horse drawn wagon rides and chuck wagon suppers Monday thru Saturday at the Rafter J Bar Ranch and Campground www.rafterj.com. Choose from both ride and supper or ride and supper only. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy our ride and supper at one of the oldest ranches in the Black Hills, and eat in the original log barn built in 1886 that was a stopover on the Cheyenne to Deadwood stagecoach run.

Rush Mountain Adventure Park

13622 Highway 40, Keystone, SD 57747

Phone: 605-255-4384

Email: info@rushmtn.com

You will find fun on all levels at the Black Hills' newest adventure park.  Explore Rushmore Cave on a scenic cave tour, cruise down the mountain on the new Rushmore Mountain Coaster, soar through the air on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride, and shoot 'em up at the Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride.  It's a mountain of family fun!  Open May-October.  5 miles east of Keystone on Highway 40.

Rushmore Historical Center & Rushmore Borglum Story

342 Winter St Keystone, SD 57751

Phone: 605-666-4448 or 1-800-888-4369

Email: borglum@gwtc.net

Discover the story behind the carving of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and learn more about the sculptor who carved his vision into the mountain, Gutzon Borglum. Museum features scores of Borglum’s paintings, sculptures and artifacts.

Sage Meadow Ranch LLC

26840 Iron Shoe Trail, Hot Springs

Phone: 605-745-4866

Email: hollyhenderson49@yahoo.com

Open year around!
Not your typical nose to tail ride.  Experience the beautiful Southern Hills by horseback.  Situated on acres of rolling hills, pines and prairie near the historic Red Canyon.  Sage Meadow Ranch offers private guided rides suitable for the beginner rider and trails to challenge the advanced rider.  Accepting small groups.
Advanced reservations required.

Southern Hills Tactical, LLC

25341 Hwy 385/89 Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-3222 605-673-3938

Email: southernhillstactical@gwtc.net

Our gun shop is located two miles south of Custer on highway 385/89. We specialize in tactical and personal defense weapons, full line of optics, ammo and gear. On site outdoor ranges: 25yd handgun, 15-50yd steel plate range available by appointment.

Sylvan Rocks Climbing School & Guide Service

Meet at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park

Phone: 605-484-7585

Email: sylvan@sylvanrocks.com

Enjoy rock climbing with us in Custer State Park. Total beginners and advanced climbers welcome. All climbing equipment supplied. Private or group adventures for ages 5 and up available by reservation. Call now.

The Stables at Palmer Gulch

12620 Hwy 244, Hill City

Phone: 605-574-3412

Email: palmergulchstables@gmail.com

Horseback Trail Ride
For over 50 years The Stables at Palmer Gulch has provided horseback riding into the most beautiful places in the Black Hills National Forest.  The Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and the Black Elk Wilderness Area provide spectacular scenery that no other trail ride barn can match.  Why ride anywhere else!

Chuck Wagon Dinner Show
This open-air show takes place in a remote mountain meadow.  You'll choose to ride to the show on a good saddle horse or on a real horse drawn covered wagon.  You'll enjoy a real cowboy music show performed by local cowboys and ranchers.
Watch a real chuck wagon cook grill Dakota grown beef steaks over an aspen-wood camp fire and taste Dutch Oven side dishes prepared right out of the chuck wagon.  This is Real Western Family Fun under a big South Daktoa sky!
This shindig has real value, is memorable, and will be enjoyed by everyone in your outfit.

Top Pin Archery

25086 Shamrock Rd Custer, SD 57730

Phone: 605-673-5880

Email: toppinarchery@goldenwest.net

Custer's own 7 lane indoor range. We have virtual reality hunting in techno hunt. Full service pro shop. Retail archery equipment fitting and sales. 3-D shoots and archery leagues. Home of the Top Pin Archers Club.

Wind Cave National Park

26611 U.S. Hwy 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone: 605-745-4600

The sixth longest cave in the world. The park is home to bison, prairie dogs, antelope, elk, coyote, mule and white tailed deer.

Things to do in Custer and the Surrounding Area

The city of Custer in the Black Hills of South Dakota is surrounded by adventure. From here you are just minutes from the roaming buffalo of Custer State Park, a few miles from Crazy Horse Memorial and on the doorstep of the world’s third and sixth longest caves. In less than a half hour, you can be at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Custer, SD also puts you closer to the mountain biking and hiking trails of the Black Hills. You can be rock climbing, canoeing or swimming in just a matter of minutes. When you make Custer your home base in the Black Hills, you’re staying on the edge of every adventure.

 

 

 

 

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