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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 things to do and 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.


  • The Stables at Palmer Gulch
  • Mount Rushmore National Monument
  • National Presidential Wax Museum
  • Holy Terror Mini Golf
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park
  • Historic Deadwood
  • Reptile Gardens
  • Black Hills Caverns
  • And so much more!

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At The Stables at Palmer Gulch, you can saddle up for some scenic rides through the Black Elk Wilderness Area in the Black Hills National Forest. Many different trail rides are available for riders of all skill levels. And you can ride a horse or a covered wagon to our popular Chuck Wagon Dinner Show in a nearby mountain meadow.

More than 2 million people visit Mount Rushmore National Monument every year. You will be awe-struck by the presidential sculptures carved into granite to memorialize these leaders and to celebrate America. Another colossal monument is nearby. The Crazy Horse Memorial is a tribute to the Lakota warrior chief and Native Americans. When complete, it will be the largest sculpture in the world.

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. A state of the art narration system brings their legacy to life. Admission is free for resort guests. Adjacent to the museum is the Holy Terror Mini Golf course, an 18-hole challenge nestled on the side of a pine-covered slope. Avoid the sand traps and rough!

The Old West comes alive in historic Deadwood, the frontier town full of legends like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. With its gaming halls, tours and museums, there’s plenty of modern-day fun to be had.

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.

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, giant tortoises and birds of prey. West of Rapid City are The Black Hills Caverns. They were discovered by gold seekers in 1882 and today you can tour the wonders of this underground world. Jewel Cave, Rushmore Cave, Wind Cave and other caves in the area excite visitors of all ages.

Check with our helpful resort staff if you have questions about the many attractions in the area. Enjoy your adventure then return to the resort for a great meal and relaxing night’s sleep.

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Experience the Black Hills

Our resort is conveniently located near dozens of wonderful Black Hills attractions. We’re a terrific home base for all your day trips and provide the perfect home away from home.

  • Granite Tribute

    Mount Rushmore inspires more than 2 million visitors a year.

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  • History Comes Alive

    See our nation’s leaders at the National Presidential Wax Museum.

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  • 1880 Train

    See the Black Hills of South Dakota by vintage steam train.


  • Get A Hole-in-One!

    The Holy Terror Mini Golf course delivers sporting fun for all ages.

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  • Hit the Trail

    The Black Hills are full of hiking trails – some leaving from our resort.

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  • Tribute in Stone

    The nearby Crazy Horse Memorial is an amazing work in progress.

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  • Wide Open Spaces

    Take a tour of Custer State Park and see the bison herd up close.

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