Containing the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old, the evolutionary stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros arise from the 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets, and swift fox roam one of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United States.
WESTERN CHUCKWAGON COOKOUT
At Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park, cookouts are offered nightly during the summer. You will enjoy a vehicle-drawn hayride to a Chuckwagon Cookout in a beautiful and secluded canyon. Once you arrive, be sure to participate in the sing-along with western entertainers and enjoy a tasty steak or burger served with all the trimmings. Reservations are required, so book your spot today!
“TELL US WHERE YOU WANT TO GO!”
Numerous tours are available that are provided with safe, courteous guides using comfortable vans for more “personal” excursions. Our Basic Tour is our most popular tour. Free Pick up/Drop Off in Hill City and Custer.
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.
Watch the sunset over the shoulder of George Washington. For a closer look, take helicopter tour over Mount Rushmore. At the end of the day, splash in the refreshing waters of our indoor pool, then soothe your aching bones in the hotel hot tub. You can do it all at Keystone’s Baymont Inn & Suites.
152 Rooms & Suites
(Newly remodeled, new beds)
Devils Tower rises 1267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1347 acre park is covered with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are seen. Also known as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site for many American Indians. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument in 1906.
This is a family friendly establishment featuring Specialty House Drinks with the friendliest of service. The comedy western gunfight held inside the saloon is a show for the whole family:
Show Times: 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm six days a week running from memorial Day through Labor Day. Live music in the evening Featuring Jerry Allen and Michael Paul with their Waylon Jennings Tribute. Located on the boardwalk right on winter street. Call 605-666-4274 for more information.
Beautiful Horse Ranch just 4 miles north of Hill City and close to Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. DD cabin sleeps up to 10, Aspen Room Guest House and Pine Room each sleep up to 6. Hot tubs, fireplaces, A/C, and lots of wildlife! Open Year Around.
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.
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.