Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, is also credited with bringing the first written ice cream recipe to America.

Here’s another fact: you can get vanilla ice cream at Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s Memorial Team Ice Cream shop that uses the same 1780 recipe. Produced by Pride Dairy for Mount Rushmore, this rich ice cream gets its sweet vanilla flavor from vanilla beans sourced from where Mr. Jefferson would have gotten them in his day.

Play ball, carve a mountain

Wednesday 7, Sep 2016

As the 2016 major league baseball season winds down, it’s worth noting that baseball was a big part of the carving of Mount Rushmore.

You would think that after climbing up and down the rock face all week, workers would be taking it easy on the weekend.

Holy Terror Day is Sept. 10

Thursday 1, Sep 2016

What happens when you combine Keystone’s annual Holy Terror Day celebration with the town’s all-school reunion? Lots of fun.

Come join us for one of the Black Hills’ most venerable community events, Holy Terror Day on Sept. 10 in Keystone. This year, the event coincides with Keystone’s All-School Reunion, which happens every five years.

The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday on Aug. 25, and visitors across the country are renewing their relationship with the agency’s 407 national parks, monuments, memorials and historic sites.

One of our favorite annual events is coming to Keystone. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 8 to Aug. 14, brings thousands of motorcycles to downtown Keystone.

Mount Rushmore is on just about every biker’s bucket list. And motorcyclists love the Old West boardwalk -- a great place for equal measures of bike watching and people watching. You can put your feet up and watch the world go by.

And in Keystone, we treat bikers the way they want to be treated. We’re still a family destination, and bikers appreciate that. No live music blaring. No navel whiskey shots. No wall-to-wall T-shirt tents. Just a good, relaxing break from the road.

Speaking of the road, Keystone is a great jumping-off point for some of the greatest Black Hills rides. The list includes: