Area Attractions

The Black Hills are full of family-friendly attractions. Take in the history of the Mount Rushmore National Monument, or explore heritage of the Crazy Horse Monument...but these memorials are just the beginning. When travelling in the Black Hills, you'll want to make time to see it all!

Mt. Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Monument

This epic sculpture featuring the granite faces of four American presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln - proudly towers 5,500 feet above sea level. People come from all around to witness the splendor of the Mount Rushmore National Monument, and now it's your turn!

Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse Monument

Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began creating his monumental sculpture of Chief Crazy Horse mounted atop a spirited warhorse in 1948. After his death in 1982, his family still continues work on the Crazy Horse Monument, the world's largest sculpture.

Norbeck Senic Byway

Norbeck Scenic Byway

Winding through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Black Hills, this Scenic Byway offers views of scenic lakes, towering granite formations, rock tunnels, and spiraling bridges as it travels through wildlife preserves and wilderness areas.

Water Skiing

Water Sports

Nestled in a picturesque setting, mountain lakes offer boat launching, power boating, water skiing, sailing, paddleboats, canoeing, wind-surfing, swimming, and scuba diving.

Caving

Caving

Venture into the mysterious depths of the underground world. The Black Hills are home to a number of caves, including Jewel Cave, the second longest cave in the world; Rushmore Cave, the closest cave to Mt. Rushmore; and Wind Cave, the world's fourth longest cave.

Biking

Biking

From strenuous mountain climbs and relaxing rides on old railroad beds to fun biking events, the area offers spectacular biking opportunities for families of all ages and activity levels.

Backpacking

Hiking/Backpacking

The Black Hills National Forest and the surrounding State and National Parks offer more than 450 miles of nature walks and hiking trails. These systems are perfect for walking, hiking and backpacking, and differ in length and difficulty levels.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

View lush forests, tranquil meadows, and breathtaking overlooks along a meandering trail on horseback. Families of all experience levels will be accompanied by an experienced guide on their trek.

Museums

Museums

The Black Hills are rich with history and rural heritage ranging from pre-historic to modern day. Explore the Old West, American Indian culture, dinosaurs, gold panning, gambling, and much more!
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