Keystone, South dakota

Keystone is the Black Hills’ closest city to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located just three miles from these famous faces. Rich in gold mining history, the quaint town of Keystone was once a boomtown after the discovery of placer gold two miles east of its current location. Placer gold is still thought to exist in abundance, but the great depth of the deposits makes it difficult and impractical to reach.

The mile-long retail district offers a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops, and “Old Time” western family fun.


Things to do in Keystone

With over 32 restaurant options, adults and kids alike will love the convenience of Keystone’s dining and shopping options. In addition to its central location near Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial® and other sights, Keystone is also home to The Rush Mountain Adventure Park and the Rushmore Cave and it’s amazing variety of cave formations. 

At nearby Big Thunder Gold Mine, patrons can tour the depths and try their luck at panning for real gold. The President’s Alpine Slide offers thrilling downhill rides, and gold-mine-themed Holy Terror Mini Golf provides 18 holes of challenging fun. The National Presidential Wax Museum is also in Keystone featuring life-like wax figures depicting our country’s most shaping experiences in dramatically historical settings.


Where to stay in Keystone

Find cabins and hotels near Mount Rushmore in Keystone. You’ll be just minutes from the monument – some properties even feature balcony views of Mount Rushmore. Dining, shopping and entertainment adventure parks are within walking distance of most Keystone, SD hotels.


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A Black Hills vacation is central to hundreds of scenic monuments, parks, restaurants and attractions. Browse Black Hills maps to find lodging and things to do near Keystone.