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These are the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, an oasis of pine-clad mountains on the Great Plains. The mountains and forests of the Black Hills include a bounty of six national parks with over 101 miles of National Scenic Byways. You can easily navigate your way to these great monuments by visiting our Black Hills Maps page!
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park is a field naturalist's dream. These unique and brilliant buttes are located less than an hour east of Rapid City and complete a Black Hills vacation in the most beautiful way.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is one of the nation's newest national park areas created to illustrate the history and significance of the Cold War and intercontinental ballistic missile development.
Crazy Horse Memorial
A tribute to the Greater Sioux Nation’s most revered leader, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest sculpture in progress and will stand an impressive 563 feet high and 641 feet long when complete.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Carved from a mountain of granite and standing proud since 1941, Mount Rushmore symbolizes both national pride and an awesome feat of engineering. This internationally recognized “Shrine of Democracy” is located only 17 miles from Rapid City.
Named one of the top biking trails in the country, the Mickelson Trail hugs steep granite walls, slips through tunnels and crosses over 100 historic trestles along the 110 mile route from Edgemont to Deadwood.
Black Hills National Forest
Black Hills National Forest is filled with history, culture and recreation – not to mention 1.2 million acres of lushly forested land and 700 camp sites spread across 30 campgrounds.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park isn’t just home to one of the largest free roaming buffalo herds; it’s so beautiful that the State Game Lodge served as the “summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927. In addition to the park, the Peter Norbeck Scenic Highway offers scenic drives, campgrounds, lodges and fine dining.
Wind Cave National Park
Caves are one of the Black Hills’ most mysterious and intriguing wonders. To do your exploring underground, visit Wind Cave National Park. Stretching more than 100 miles, Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world.
Devils Tower National Monument
For some it's a sacred place of worship. To others, it’s a geological wonder. No matter what it means to you, one visit tells you that Devils Tower National Monument is a beautiful sight to behold.
Jewel Cave National Monument
Jewel Cave National Monument is not only the third-longest cave in the world (currently 141.37 miles!), it is also one of its most structurally complex. Located just over an hour southwest of Rapid City, Jewel Cave is a regional gem tucked in the Black Hills.
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