BLACK HILLS FUN

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                         ~ ~ Three Forks (Hwys. 16/385 split) ~ ~

                                    (One mile down the road towards Hill City)

 

           Miniature golf, Dairy Twist, gas station with Country Forks Inn 

               Casino/Bar/Food and outdoor deck. Prairie Berry Winery

                 tempts your taste buds with their own flavors of wines. 

 

                            

                            Bighorn sheep at Three Forks making themselves at home. 

 

 

 

                             ~ ~ 1880's Train and Hill City ~ ~

                                        (1 mile north then 3 miles west on 16)

 

            Take a ride on the 1880's train that runs between Hill City

          and Keystone.  During the summer the train provides regular

         trips so you can spend time in either town and then catch a ride

                              back on the train later in the day.

 

             

                             Take the 1880's train ride for a unique look at the hills.

 

 

                Hill City is a small, full service mountain community 

              that boasts many artist galleries, jewelry and gift shops,  

                           and a variety of eating establishments

                     which includes the always popular Alpine Inn. 

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                        ~ ~ Mount Rushmore and Keystone ~ ~

                                                       (10 scenic miles)

 

                 Mount Rushmore as seen from Iron Mountain Road.

 

         

                   Iron Mountain Road Tunnel                  Further through the Tunnel

 

          

                                            Awesome view at the end of the Tunnel

 

            Visiting Mount Rushmore includes more than just viewing

           this amazing sculpture. As you approach the Grand Terrace,

            you will find yourself walking through the Avenue of Flags. 

          The evening lighting ceremony includes honoring our military.

      There are hiking trails, food services, and shopping. The sculptor's

                studio is also open.  Mountain goats frequent the area. 

 

 

                            

 

 

      Keystone offers unique shops and restaurants. Take a gold  mine

       tour and pan for gold. Play mini-golf.  Ride a chairlift up the hill

     and enjoy a park like setting at the summit. An outdoor cafe offers

      grilled food while you view Mount Rushmore. You may take the

   chairlift down or be more adventurous and ride the Alpine Slide down.

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                                     ~ ~ Sheridan Lake ~ ~

                                                 (3 miles north on 385)

 

                          

 

 

 

                                  ~ ~ Pactola Reservoir ~ ~

                                                (10 miles north on 385)

  

                             

 

 

 

                                    ~ ~ Deerfield Lake ~ ~

                                        (15 miles west of Hill City on 308)

 

                                     

 

 

 

       These bodies of water reflect the true beauty of the Black Hills.

      Grab a picnic lunch, fishing equipment, good pair of hiking shoes,

      and don't forget the camera.  Surrounded by Black Hills National

          Forest each of these lakes offer boat launches and camping

                             facilites as well as day use areas. 

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                            ~ ~ Crazy Horse Memorial ~ ~

                         (15 miles on 16/385, between Hill City and Custer)

 

                 

 

Discover the history of the Crazy Horse Memorial and it's progression

      over the years.  Enjoy learning about Native American culture

     Watch ceremonial dances. Shop, eat, and take in the incredible

      evening laser light show on the side of Crazy Horse Mountain.

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                                       ~ ~ Custer ~ ~

                                      (4 miles south of Crazy Horse)

 

      Custer is home to the Flintstone Theme Park, a Woodcarving

              Museum, numerous shops, saloons and eateries.

                     Custer is also a full service community.

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            ~ ~ Custer State Park and Wildlife Loop Road ~ ~

 

  Custer State Park encompasses the beautiful Needles Highway and

   the well-known Sylvan Lake. Several small lakes also dot the area

  that offer fishing, camping, and quaint cafe's. Hike to Harney Peak

 from the trailhead at Sylvan Lake and visit the abandoned Fire Tower

    that you see from Whispering Winds Cottages. You can camp or

                      shop at various stops along the way.

 

                         

                     Sylvan Lake - Beautiful Hiking Trails - Climb those Rocks

 

        

               Along Needles Highway                              Needles Highway

 

            

                        Donkeys on Wildlife Loop Road - Custer State Park

 

           

                                Bison on Wildlife Loop Road - Custer State Park

 

                             

                           Experience the Buffalo Round-up at the end of September

 

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                                     ~ ~ Rapid City ~ ~

                                             (20-30 miles NE on 16)

 

      On all sides of Rapid City you can find a variety of attractions. 

            Water slides, Reptile Gardens, Old MacDonald's Farm.

                     Bear Country drive through wildlife park.

                  Cabelas, golf courses, fly-fish in Rapid Creek.

                   Rapid City also offers many major franchise

                            stores for those necessity items.

 

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              ~ ~ Lead, Deadwood, Spearfish and Sturgis ~ ~

                                     (50 miles north on beautiful 385)

 

                  The northern border of the Black Hills offers

                                    canyons and casinos,

                  mountainous skiing and motorcycle memories.

 

               Take a tour of the Homestake Gold mine in Lead.

 

                         

                                              Homestake Mine

 

 

             Terry Peak Ski Resort offers trails for all difficulties.

      Presidents Park is a walking trail park in which you can observe

               15-20 foot busts of every United States president.

 

        The streets of Deadwood are lined with historic buildings

  turned casinos. The Midnight Star Casino is owned by Kevin Costner

            and displays numerous memorabilia from his movies.

  Wild Bill Hickoks demise is depicted downstairs at the No. 10 Saloon

 

                          

                                           Main Street of Deadwood

 

          Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway provides breathtaking photo

          opportunities that are usually seen on many nature calendars.

 

     

                   Spearfish Canyon                                                     Roughlock Falls       

 

                    Rent a motorcycle from Black Hills Harley Davidson

                                    west of Rapid City on I 90. 

                     You will never see the hills the same ever again.

 

       Taking Highway 385 from Whispering Winds Cottages to any

        of these western towns is not a long boring drive by any means. 

                    You pass Sheridan Lake and Pactola Resorvoir. 

            Little known attractions along the way includes one of the

                                World's Largest Rocking Chair. 

                           The Sugar Shack touts a great burger.

 

                             Further down the road you will see

                             The Boondocks 1950's Theme Park.

                                 You can enjoy carnival rides,

                        a Diner, Museum with Classic Cars, and a 

                     Gift Shop you could spend at least an hour in.

 

                            Cave tours are offered along the way too.

 

            Rochford, a 30 - 45 min. drive north and west, is home to the

                                      Moonshine Gulch Saloon.

                Sunday afternoons locals gather for a musical jam session

 

                          

 

                         

 

                              As with any drive in the Black Hills 

                                the scenery is always magnificant.

 

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                                     ~ ~ Mickelson Trail ~ ~

 

         From the northern tip to the southern end of the Black Hills runs

       a path named Mickelson Trail.  What was once an old railroad bed

              has been transformed into a 109 mile hiking, biking and 

                horseback riding trail.   Enjoy views not seen by most

         that visit the Black Hills.  Numerous trailheads allow access at

                                 different points along the trail. 

                       Various services are offered along the way.

 

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                          ~ ~ Black Hills National Forest ~ ~

 

   A majority of the Black Hills is located within the boundaries of the

        Black Hills National Forest.  This means access to wonderful

        outdoor experiences.  Backroads to explore the often unseen

      beauty of what lies behind the scenes.  Hiking trails to take you

                on inviting and invigorating adventures that can

                        only be found in the depths of nature.

 

      Please visit the Black Hills National Forest Service offices in

      Rapid City and Custer to get all the information you need to

                         add this experience to your vacation.  

 

                  ATV riding is very popular in the Hills.  There is a trail

                      system designed by the Black Hills National

                  Forest Service.  Please visit their website to find out

                      more information.  Permits are required and

                                          available online.