With its central location, Hill City is flourishing as the visitor crossroads. The mountain landscape that surrounds the small town is why it’s known as the “Heart of the Hills”. It is recognized for its artistic downtown lined with galleries and gift shops. Ride the 1880 Train at the Black Hills Central Railroad, visit the Museum at Black Hills Institute of Geological Research which attests to the area’s prehistoric past, hike or ride the George S. Mickelson Trail, take an afternoon jaunt to the local wineries. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are within 15-20 minutes away.
One of America’s most enduring patriotic symbols, Mount Rushmore National Memorial was completed in 1941. The faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, representing the first 150 years of our nation’s democracy, will greet you with pride and glory. Celebrating 75 years, the serene and beautiful surroundings will refresh your senses and revitalize your patriotism.
See, hear and feel the historic carving effort at Crazy Horse Memorial. Learn about the legendary Lakota leader and the historic and living cultures of North America’s Indian people.
Beneath the swaying prairie grasses of the southern Black Hills is the sixth longest cave in the world. Wind Cave National Park was established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. Explore the area with ranger-guided tours where you will experience the barometric winds at the cave entrance and a rare cave formation called Boxwork.
Custer State Park is a magnificent wilderness reserve, with towering pines, swift flowing creeks, massive cliffs and rock ridges as well as a free-roaming herd of buffalo. Other frequently spotted wildlife includes deer, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and coyotes. Enjoy outdoor activities such as geocaching, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and swimming in the park.
The most unique geology can be enjoyed on the Badlands Loop in the Badlands National Park, where it’s wide-open and wild. You can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. There is an abundance of fossils and diverse wildlife in this spectacular, protected prairie ecosystem.
With more than 165 miles of passageways, Jewel Cave National Monument ranks as the third longest cave in the world. Guided tours showcase the beauty of the cave, highlighting the unique colors and formations.
The 1.2 million acre Black Hills National Forest is home to the region’s most beautiful scenery including dramatic rock formations, gorges, pine-forested hills, lakes, streams and prairies. Spearfish Canyon National Forest Scenic Byway and Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway offer 90 miles of outstanding scenery. The land is home to deer, elk, turkeys, and a variety of trout and warm-water fish and contains miles of trails, 29 campgrounds, 11 reservoirs and dozens of picnic areas. Enjoy popular activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, rock climbing, camping, hiking, biking, atving, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.