Adventures Galore in the Black Hills

The Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is brimming with so many activities, you’ll never have to leave. But the Black Hills are unbelievably rich with places to explore. You’ll want to carve out time to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the fun to be found in this beautiful region.

National Presidential Wax Museum

National Presidential Wax Museum

At the National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, you’ll be inspired by realistic, life-size figures of every U.S. president, some in historic settings. View artifacts from our country’s rich history. Admission is free for resort guests.

Holy Terror Mini Golf Course

Holy Terror Mini Golf Course

Adjacent to the wax museum is the Holy Terror Mini Golf course, an 18-hole challenge nestled on the side of a pine-covered slope. Named after the last active gold mine in Keystone, the course will have you screaming “mulligan” as you putt around gold-flecked boulders, up steep hills, and down through the mine slew. Admission is free for resort guests.

Even More Black Hills Attractions

From historic national monuments to natural wonders, the Black Hills offer a host of attractions that are sure to appeal to the whole family. Below are just a few of the options available to our guests.

  • Mount
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park
  • Historic
  • Reptile Gardens

Mount Rushmore

Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.

Crazy Horse Memorial

The nearby Crazy Horse Memorial is an amazing work in progress that will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land. When complete, this tribute to the Lakota chief and Native Americans will be the largest sculpture in the world. Crazy Horse’s eyes are a massive 17 feet wide and his head is 87 feet high. The monument is operated by the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

Custer State Park

Custer State Park is one of America’s largest state parks and is famous for its bison herd, a variety of wildlife, scenic drives and historic sites. It also offers miles of hiking trails to explore. And if you are in the mood for hiking, there are many hiking trails that start right from our resort. Lace up your boots and head out for an hour or the whole day. If you make it to nearby 7,242-foot Harney Peak, you’ll be atop the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rockies.

Historic Deadwood

The Old West comes alive in historic Deadwood, the frontier town that attracted legends like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. The town was born in 1876 when prospectors came across a gulch full of dead trees and a creek full of gold. Outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers soon followed the gold seekers. With its gaming halls, tours and museums, the town is booming once again with modern-day fun.

Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens in Rapid City has the world’s largest reptile collection on display along with orchids and other tropical flowers in an indoor jungle with giant tortoises and birds of prey. This unique animal park features beautiful botanical gardens with acres of lush flowers and foliage that create a wonderful setting for the whole family to enjoy the shows and experience the exhibits and attractions.