Historic Hot Springs Itinerary

Arrival

Hot Springs walking tour

Pioneer Museum

Day 1

Wind Cave National Park

Evans Plunge

Day 2

The Mammoth Site

Choice of:

  • Wild Horse Sanctuary and Cascade Falls
  • Southern Hills Golf Course
  • Biking or hiking the Minnekahta Trail Head
  • Angostura Reservoir

Stay and extra day for an overnight trail ride

Day 1

Rise early and take Highway 87 north to Wind Cave National Park. Wind Cave National Park includes a nearly 30,000 acres of mixed grass prairies that serve as a sanctuary for antelope, bison, elk, prairie dogs, and other wildlife that live in the region.Here, the ponderosa pine forest meets the rolling prairie, one of the last remaining mixed grassland areas in existence. Plan to hike one the nature trails to observe nature at its finest. Watch for buffalo and prairie dogs. Wind Cave is the 6th largest cave in the world and is decorated by beautiful, rare “box work” and calcite crystal formations. Take the cave tour where you will walk deep into the passages of one of the world’s longest caves- over 100 miles of an underground maze. Be sure to bring jackets as the cave tour gets a bit chilly.

Evans Plunge will be an enjoyable stop for the whole family with its naturally warm mineral water. In addition to its famous refreshing waters, today's Evans Plunge Hot Springs offers excitement in the form of swimming, water slides, float tubes, Tarzan rings, and a health club. Soak, swim and play in the fresh warm spring waters.

After an afternoon taking in the relaxing waters of Evans Plunge have dinner at one of the great restaurants in Hot Springs. After dinner have an evening of fun at the Putt-4-Fun miniature golf course. It's the best in the west! Enjoy playing by the sparkling blue-water waterfall and two sparkling, blue-water fountains.

Day 2

Start the day with your choice of many different things to do: Head south on Highway 71 and visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. See the wild mustangs in their beautiful natural setting, view wildlife, Native American cultural sites and movie sets. Take the two-hour bus tour and a wonderful gift shop. On your way back to Hot Springs visit the Cascade Falls Park. Stick your toes in the cool water and walk the nature paths along the park.

Or enjoy a morning of golf at the award winning Southern Hills Municipal Golf Course. This spectacular 18-hole golf course is rated as one of the “Best Places to Play.”

You may also choose to bicycle or hike the Minnekahta Trailhead, which is a few miles west of town. Experience over 100 miles of one of the nation’s premier “rail to trail” bike trails with wonderful scenery, bridges and tunnels.

Another great option for your morning is a visit the Angostura Recreation Area to enjoy the water, beach, fishing, boating or hiking.

Spend the afternoon visiting The Mammoth Site. The Mammoth Site will provide you the opportunity to travel back in time to when Ice Age beasts roamed the Great Plains of North America. Including a 30-minute guided tour plus a 10-minute video, this paleontological dig site offers visitors the chance to observe first-hand an archeological excavation. Keep the kids fascinated with the Junior Paleontology Dig, which is offered daily with advance registration. This dig starts at 2 PM and lasts for an hour and a half.

Stay an extra night and experience even more of the Black Hills.