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Come and experience monumental works of man and nature.

The Black Hills of South Dakota are home to five national parks and monuments, including Mount Rushmore, the Shrine of Democracy. A region of infinite variety, there are also scenic byways, historic Old West towns, Native American culture, gaming and a wealth of attractions making this an area abundant with activity.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large scale sculpture of four of America's most prominent presidents carved into a granite mountainside. The monument is beautifully designed using natural rock in a forest setting. Activities include an evening lighting ceremony, sculptor’s studio talk and many amenities, including dining, a book store and gift shop.

The monument is located 42 kilometers south of Rapid City. Centrally located in the beautiful Black Hills, Rapid City shines as the hub of this legendary region's vacation activities with immediate access to many attractions. Beyond the iconic Mount Rushmore, you can also visit Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument and many more.

This region, which the Lakota named “Paha Sapa” or “Hills that are Black”, is rich with Native American artistry and history. Work began in 1948 on Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to the North American Indian and the world’s largest mountain sculpture, located Just 27 kilometers from Mount Rushmore. Today the mission continues to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. The visitor complex includes an outdoor viewing veranda, sculptor’s studio-home, workshop, gift shops and restaurant.

Run wild in Custer State Park, which encompasses some of the most spectacular views, best wildlife watching, 1,300 head of wild bison and some of most scenic drives you’ll find anywhere. One of the nation’s largest state parks, Custer State Park comprises nearly 29,000 hectares and has been home to diverse cultural heritages for thousands of years, providing an array of scenic beauty and outdoor recreation for visitors since the early 1900s. Within the park are visitor centers, fishing lakes, resorts, campgrounds, lodges and interpretive programs.

The nearby Badlands National Park allows visitors an other-worldly experience and is home to majestic landscapes and diverse wildlife. The Lakota gave this land the name, “mako sica,” meaning “land bad.” The Badlands consist of 98,000 hectares of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Located in Badlands, Cedar Pass Lodge and Badlands Inn allow the select few lucky enough to overnight in the Park the opportunity to submerge themselves its unique moonscape environments.

In the northern Black Hills you’ll find the historic Old West town of Deadwood. In the 1870s, Deadwood Gulch was the site of the last big frontier gold rush in North America. Deadwood flourished on gold mining for more than a century, and today it is known for its rich history, legal gambling and attractions that are all related to gold, or the wild and woolly gold rush heritage of this wonderfully restored community. Experience the wonder of the Black Hills on your vacation to South Dakota.

The Official Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota Travel Site

Black Hills and Badlands Official Travel Information

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