Black Hills Activities with Accessible Services

Mount Rushmore

Parking and Drop Off:  Lane 4 is marked for accessible parking and has a staff member to direct you where to go.  Levels 3 and 6 of both parking structures have the most accessible parking spots.  Elevators and ramps allow access to all levels.  Use lane 4 to get directions to the drop off zones and drop off passengers with mobility impairments.  Mobility-impaired passengers may be unloaded next to the main entryway.

Wheelchairs:  Manual wheelchairs are available to check out inside the Information Center, on a first come, first serve basis.  Wheelchairs are free to use.

Amphitheater and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center:  Elevators are located on either side of the Grand View Terrace and provide access to the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Amphitheater.

Sculptor’s Studio:  Depending on security issues, the Sculptor’s Studio is wheelchair accessible from the remote parking area. Check with a ranger in the Information Center.

Presidential Trail:  Surfaced to accommodate wheelchairs from the Grand View Terrace to the viewing areas at the base of the mountain about 0.2 miles.

Nature Trail:  Not wheelchair accessible.

Carver’s Cafe and Gift Shop:  Wheelchair accessible.

American Sign Language Interpretation:  ASL interpretation is available by request.  Please email the park directly to request an interpreter atleast 14 days prior to your visit.

Self Guided Audio Tour:  A written transcript is available upon request at the Audio Tour Building. Regular fees still apply.

Video’s:  Closed captions are available in English on all videos provided at Mount Rushmore.

Visual Impairments:  Brochures in braille are available at the Information Center or Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.


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Badlands National Park

Ben Reifel Visitor Center and White River Visitor Center:  Both are accessible to wheelchair users and provide ramped entrances, reserved parking and accessible restrooms.  A tactile experience of a selection of fossils and rocks are located in the exhibit area of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.  The park introductory film is closed captioned for those with hearing impairments.

Overlooks & Trails:  Most scenic overlooks and wayside exhibits are accessible to wheelchair users.  The Fossil Exhibit and Window Trails are accessible boardwalks.  The first section of the Door and Cliff Shelf Trails are also accessible to wheelchair users.

Bigfoot Pass Picnic Area:  Has reserved parking, ramps and an accessible vault toilet.

Conata Picnic Area:  Has an accessible vault toilet, but the surrounding terrain is rough.

Cedar Pass Campground Ampitheater Ranger Programs:  Accessible by a paved and well-lit path from reserved parking spaces in the parking lot.  Evening presentations can be enjoyed from this location.

Talks and Walks:  Talks held at Fossil Exhibit Trail, Other Overlooks or the Ben Reifel Visitor Center are accessible to wheelchair users.  However, ranger-led hikes or walks are generally not accessible due to the rugged badlands terrain.

Cedar Pass Lodge:  Gift shop and dining room are fully accessible with reserved parking, ramps, wide doors, restrooms and wide aisles.

Virtual Visit:  Badlands visitors of all abilities have the chance to explore the park through a virtual visit. This tour includes virtual overlooks, trails, facilities, and features. Each stop on the tour describes the significance of the site. Photo galleries at the top of each page include every stop on the tour.


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Custer State Park


Crazy Horse Memorial

Our facility is handicap accessible, we strive to ensure all guests are accommodated at all times. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may call 605-673-4681 for more information.


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1880 Train

The 1880 Train is accessible to those in wheelchairs. We are able to accommodate 2 wheelchairs per departure.

Wheelchair seating is Bluebird 1ABCD. The wheelchair person is seated in front of row 1 and guests will be seated directly behind them. We suggest families select either the AB or CD side, to leave room for another party who may need accessible seating on the opposite side.

The Hill City Depot utilizes a lift to board the Blue Bird car. The Keystone Depot has a platform that is even with the cars so no lift is needed.

Restrooms at both depots are handicapped accessible as well as the gift shops and snack bar located in Hill City.

Accessible parking is noted on the maps.


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Adams Museum

Museum is equipped with Elevators and Wheelchair ramps.

Bear Country USA

At this “the home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world”, Bear Country U.S.A. guests are guaranteed to see more than they bargained for. From the comfort of their own car, visitors watch as these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road in front of their vehicle.

Pets and Service Animals are welcome to ride through in your vehicle but can only be walked on leash near our overflow parking where the gazebo is.

Catch a ride on the Babyland golf cart with our friendly guide who assists those with mobility challenges. (not always available)

Sit and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of our main patio area surrounded by waterfalls.


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Big Thunder Gold Mine

Journey back in time to the 1800s as you explore the safest gold mine in the Black Hills alongside our knowledgeable tour guides. Whether you’re one or ninety-two, you’re certain to have a wonderful time. We want your trip to the Black Hills to be as memorable as can be, which is why we work to keep our Mine Tour rates low, as well as ensure that the mine is wheelchair and stroller accessible.


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Black Hills Mining Museum

Tours are approximately one hour long and start on the hour, starting at 9:00am with the last tour starting at 4:00pm. Our mining tours are handicap accessible, and one of our friendly guides would be happy to accommodate you and your family as best as we can.


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Days of ’76 Museum

Museum is equipped with Elevators and Wheelchair ramps.

Historic Adams House

Historic Adams House has a lift from the back porch to the first floor only.

Fort Hays Chuckwagon


Minuteman Missile Welcome Center

Sign Language Services:  An American Sign Language Interpreter may be arranged to accompany your visit; due to the park’s rural location, please contact the park at least one week in advance of your visit to make arrangements.


  • Parking is located at the east end of the parking lot near the Visitor Center. There are three accessible parking spots available.
  • Accessible parking is located at the west side of the parking lot near Delta-01. There are two accessible parking spots available.
  • Accessible parking is located at the center of the parking lot near Delta-09. There are two accessible parking spots available.


  • The Visitor Center, including the retail store and restrooms are accessible.
  • Launch Control Facility Delta-01 is accessible on the topside, but the underground Launch Control Center is not accessible.
  • Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 is accessible.

Service Animals: 

  • Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please go to
  • Owners are encouraged to identify their working service animal, such as with a vest. Identification is not required, but helps prevent unwarranted “dog on trail” complaints from other visitors. There are no plastic bags provided at trailheads for waste products, so please bring your own.


Individuals with specific accessibility requirements are encouraged contact the park in advance to discuss their needs. Please contact park staff at 605-433-5552 for more information.

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Museum at Black Hills Institute

Museum has stairs at entrance, but is accessible via a stair lift chair.

National Presidential Wax Museum

Length of Tours:  Tours are self guided and self paced.  Typical visit is anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.

Service Animals:  Only service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome in the gift shop and museum.

Museum and Gift Shop:  The museum and gift shop is all on one level and easily accessible from the parking lot. Wheelchairs are available upon request.


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Reptile Gardens

Are wheelchairs available?  Yes, we have a few wheelchairs available for use free of charge, on a first-come first-serve basis.

ADA approved service dogs are, of course, allowed although there are three areas where they are not allowed.

We do offer a shaded grassy area adjacent to our parking lot for walking your dog. We only require that your pet be leashed and attended to at all times. You are welcome to come and go from the park as often as you like to tend to your dog.

Since our facility is home to many species of wild reptiles and birds, some of which have natural predatory instincts, it is important for the safety of our guests, service animals, and the zoo’s animal population that all guests adhere to our service animal policy. This policy is in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as national, state, and local ordinances and applicable laws.

A service animal is defined by the ADA as “a dog* that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.” Pets, exotic species, therapy animals, or emotional support animals are not considered service animals under ADA and therefore are not permitted within the gated perimeter of Reptile Gardens.

Due to the natural predator/prey instinct of animals as well as health and disease transmission concerns, there are a few areas of the zoo where service animals are not permitted to accompany their handlers. For the safety of our guests, service animals, and zoo animals, service dogs may not accompany guests in the Safari Room in the center of the Dome, the Tortoise Yard, and Avian Avenue.

Service animals must be on-duty and serving in their official capacity and under control of their handler at all times; the owner of the service animal is solely responsible for its care and supervision. Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices.


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Sanford Labs

Parking and Entrance:  Van-accessible parking is located by the front door of the Visitor Center. A curb cut and ramp allow access to the front door from the parking area. Automatic door openers are located at the end of the ramp as you near the entrance.

Service Animals:  Service animals are welcome in the Visitor Center and tours. Please call ahead if you would like your service animal to accompany you on a tour.

Audio Visual Aids:  Several kiosks are located throughout the Visitor Center with audio portions which can be quite loud, especially when the Visitor Center is at its busiest and during special events.  Each kiosk offers closed captioning in English.  Headphones are available for use upon request at the front counter.


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Tatanka Story of the Bison

Service Dogs Welcome. Must be on a leash at all times.  Definition of a Service Dog:  Dog that is trained to perform a task for an individual with a disability.  ADA does not include emotional support animals.


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