Area Attractions and Things To Do:
Mt. Roosevelt hike to Friendship Tower
Just a 2 mile drive from the Lodge at Deadwood, Mt. Roosevelt is approximately 5,800 feet high with amazing views of the Black Hills. You can see Bear Butte to the east, Bear Lodge mountains to the Northwest, Terry, Custer and Harney peaks to the south. There is a hiking trail less than a mile in total length that loops back to the parking area and includes picnic tables at the top near Friendship Tower. Built in 1919 by Seth Bullock, Friendship Tower was built in memory of his long-time friend, Teddy Roosevelt.
Tatanka: Story of the Bison is located across Highway 85, only a few hundred feet from the Lodge at Deadwood. This family friendly attraction is open May 15th - September 30th from 9a to 5p. Tatanka features a larger than life bronze sculpture of 14 bison pursued by 3 Native American Horseback riders, a hands-on Interpretive Center, a Native American Gift Shop and snack bar.
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives welcomes visitors to the historic hatchery and museum for an educational closeup view of the fish production process. With over 150,000 visitors annually, the dedicated staff and volunteer hosts at the Visitor Center and Museum bring the hatchery experience alive with educational hatchery and museum tours and exhibits. Educational programs/tours are provided for the public and school groups during business hours.
Contact: 423 Hatchery Circle Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone: (605) 642.7730
As the central and primary location for the annual Sturgis Rally, the corner of Junction and Main in downtown Sturgis, South Dakota may very well be the most prominent and legendary intersection in the motorcycling world. You'll find the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's 7,000+ square foot space of curated galleries, a gift shop, administrative offices, and additional support areas.
Contact: 999 Main St. Sturgis, SD 57785
Phone: (605) 247.2001
The Days of 76 Museum house’s four important collections. The Wagons and Vehicles collection has vintage horse drawn vehicles and the original Deadwood Stagecoach. The Rodeo Collection has many photos, documents and artifacts from the PRCA award winning Days of 76 rodeos. The Clothing Collection is a collection of old pioneers clothing that once was used in the Days of 76 parades but has since been retired and replaced with replicas. The Clowser Collection is a collection from a Deadwood resident, historian, poet, and businessman who spent is life assembling a remarkable collection of 19th century pioneer, cowboy, and American Indian art & artifacts.
Contact: 18 Seventy Six Drive, Deadwood SD 57732
In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. He donated the building to the City of Deadwood and placed the operation of the organization in the hands of a board of directors. The board oversaw the collecting of some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).
Contact: 54 Sherman Street, Deadwood SD 57732
The George S. Mickelson Trail in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills has easy access and gentle slopes to allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where trail use is restricted to the trail only. The trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel. There are 15 trailheads all of which offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables. Mickelson Trail Pass $3 daily
Contact: 11361 Nevada Gulch Road, Lead SD 57754
Situated on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch is historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Established in 1878 by the Lawrence County Commission, Mt. Moriah is the final resting place of western legends, murderers, madams, and pillars of Deadwood’s early economic development. A few of the more popular Deadwood Legends include: Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny and Seth Bullock. The cemetery is more than just a graveyard. It offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a Late Victorian cemetery set in the backdrop of the northern Black Hills. The paved roads in the cemetery provide an excellent opportunity to explore the site. Click Here for additional information.
Step into the Black Hills best underground mine tour and return to a time when the powerful punch of a miner’s pick and the roaring boom of another dynamite blast signaled the ongoing search for the richest veins of gold on Earth. Follow the path of ore cars deep underground into the century-old shafts of the Broken Boot. Walk in the footsteps of thousands of faceless miners who sought their fortunes in the dark and explosive atmosphere of black powder and candlelight.
Contact: Upper Main St, Deadwood SD
Founded in 1937 by Earl Brockelsby, Reptile Gardens has steadily grown to one of the most popular South Dakota attractions, drawing crowds from all over the Midwest and beyond. They are the largest reptile zoo in the world, housing more species of reptiles than any other zoo or wild animal park. There are plenty of attractions for families to take in at Reptile Gardens. Stroll through our garden oasis of colorful flowers, lush vegetation, and well manicured lawns,enjoy a chance encounter with our rare Komodo Dragon and notorious saltwater crocodiles, visit their legendary collection of venomous snakes, or pet the Galapagos and Aldabra Tortoises. You can also take in a 'show' and watch the alligators and crocodiles, learn about snakes, or meet birds from around the world.
US Hwy 16, 6 miles south of Rapid City, SD
Nestled over 200 acres amidst towering pines and along rolling meadows just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Visitors take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, pronghorn and buffalo.
At “the home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world”, Bear Country U.S.A. guests are guaranteed to see more than they bargained for. From the comfort of their own car, visitors watch as these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road in front of their vehicle.
US Hwy 16, 8 miles south of Rapid City, SD
A popular destination for people of all ages, the Crazy Horse Memorial is unique experience located in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.
In addition to an amazing view, your admission includes: several museums, historic video, model and carving in progress, the Native America Education and Cultural Center, Korczak's studio-home and workship, artwork, antiques, American Indian dance performances, and a nightly laster light show at 9pm.
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Custer SD
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is visited by nearly three million people each year that come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the 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.
Reconnect with yourself at the Black Hills’ only destination spa, Akela Spa of Deadwood. The luxurious amenities at this one-of-a-kind sanctuary will put your mind and body at ease. Release your tension with one of our many massage options. Enhance your inner beauty with our facials and wide array of salon services, including waxing, manicures and pedicures.
11842 US Hwy 14A Sturgis, SD 57785 (1 mile East of Deadwood)
Also, check out these great local chambers of commerce:
Deadwood.org - Deadwood, SD
Leadmethere.org - Lead, SD
SturgisAreaChamber.com - Sturgis, SD
Spearfishchamber.org - Spearfish, SD
Mount Rushmore photo courtesy of South Dakota Office of Tourism