Lead, South Dakota
Lead, South Dakota (pronounced “leed”) has scenic lodging options just minutes from Terry Peak Ski Area and Deer Mountain Ski Resort and provides direct access to the George S. Mickelson Trail, which offers 109 miles of pristine hiking and biking trails that wind through the Black Hills. Lead has a variety of quaint restaurants and art galleries, and half-dozen hotels provide a great central lodging location for summer sightseeing or winter sports in South Dakota.
Where to Stay in Lead
Lead Hotels are the ideal place to stay if you are traveling through the northern Black Hills on vacation. You’ll find locally owned hotels, chain lodging options, bed and breakfasts and vacation homes for rent. These lodging options are the perfect choice for those on a winter getaway looking for beauty and serenity. Lead hotels, cabins and B&B's are closest to Deer Mountain and Terry Peak Ski resorts.
What to Do in Lead
The Homestake Visitor Center, the Sanford Underground Research Facility and Black Hills Mining Museum located in Lead provides an inside look at mining and its history in the Black Hills. Lead was once home to the Western Hemisphere’s oldest and deepest gold mine, and a massive “open cut” is visible from most of the city. Although the mine is no longer operational, visitors can follow the hoisting, crushing and milling process of gold ore on a Homestake Mining Operation surface tour, or stop by the Black Hills Mining Museum on Main Street. Lead also offers hiking, biking and skiing in the wintertime.