Things To Do
Northern Hills Adventure:
- Breakfast: Prepare at your campsite or travel five miles to Sturgis for your choice of restaurants or fast food for breakfast.
- Choices in Sturgis include: Uncle Louie’s, Knuckle Saloon or Brewpub, Sidehack Saloon, McDonalds, Taco Johns or Burger King.
- After breakfast, take Boulder Canyon / Hwy 14A, North about 12 miles to Deadwood where the entire town is a historical landmark.
- Deadwood touts that it will take you back in time to show you how the West was really won!
- First: Take a Tour of Deadwood – Your choice of one of those offered below or take both:
- Alkali Ike Tours Offers a one hour bus tour of the City of Deadwood and Boot Hill Cemetery. It recounts the lives of Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny and Chinese influence of the area.
- Boot Hill Tours Offers a one hour open-air bus tour of Deadwood, Mount Moriah Cemetery and other city landmarks.
- Have Lunch after or between tour(s), as there are a number of great restaurant choices available in Deadwood.
Deadwood’s historic gaming halls date back to the Gold Rush of 1876.
The action continues today in over 80 establishments ranging from nickel slots to $1000 bet limits, classic table games to new twists.
Many of the Casinos offer fine dining, so while on your quest for the winning slot or best card game also notice their menus.
Whether you have won or lost, follow Boulder Canyon/Hwy 14A back to Rush No More Resort for a refreshing swim or relax in the hot tub.
- Return to Deadwood via Boulder Canyon /14A (about 17 miles from camp) for more fun attractions:
- Breakfast: Prepared at your camp site or have breakfast in Deadwood
- Choose as many of the following must see attractions as you prefer:
(And with so many things to do, be sure to schedule a Lunch break at your leisure at the many dining establishments in the area.)
- The Adams Museum and House
The oldest museum of the Black Hills, with exhibits that capture the
mysteries, tragedies, bawdiness and dreams found in the history, art
and nature of Deadwood and the Black Hills. The Adams House built in
1982, is a restored elegant Queen Anne-style Mansion.
- Homestake Gold Mine One hour guided tour of the oldest Gold Mine in the world, explores the Mines underground and surface mining operation.
- Broken Boot Gold Mine Offers gold panning and shorter version of the Homestake Tour information.
The Story of the Bison was masterminded by Kevin Costner, this larger
than life sculpture and Native American interpretive center offers
insight of two cultures whose lives depended on buffalo.
- Trial of Jack McCall – A theatrical production of the trial of the man that shot Wild Bill Hickcock. Evenings at 8:00 at the Masonic Lodge on Main St.
- The Adams Museum and House
After such a busy day, return to Rush No More Resort for a relaxing evening. Cook Dinner in your rig or stop by the Beer Garden for some liquid libations, popcorn and a pizza.
- Travel 25 miles North on I-90 to Exit 14 just outside of Spearfish: A map of Spearfish can be found at: https://visitspearfish.com/
- Breakfast –
Prepared at your camp site or have breakfast in Spearfish Restaurants
near Exit 14: Lucky’s 13 Pub, Applebee’s, Perkins, Millstone Family Restaurant.
- Take Exit 14 to visit The High Plains Western Heritage Center and Museum
with 17,000 sq ft of display honoring old west pioneers and Native
Americans of the five state region depicting five categories of
- Return to I-90 and proceed to Exit 12 and continue to Canyon St
- DC Booth Fish Hatchery
The oldest operating Hatchery in the country, maintained by the US Fish
and Wildlife Services, it serves to protect fish culture and resource
management. It raises trout and offers park-like grounds with ponds of
fish, underwater viewing, and you can actually feed the fish
- Access Hwy 14A to Spearfish Canyon Scenic Tour
Twelve times older than the Grand Canyon, the 20 miles of Spearfish
Canyon provide spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. Points of
interest are Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls.
Fly-fishing is very popular along the rushing waters of Spearfish Creek. Fish species include rainbow, brook, and brown trout. A few posted sites are restricted to Catch and Release. Requires a Fishing License, which is available at several places in Spearfish. Fisherman and women are requested to protect the natural conditions along the creek bank including fallen timber, natural shrubs and grasses, and beaver activity.
https://www.takemefishing.org/south-dakota and http://www.flyfishsd.com
- Breakfast – Prepared at your camp site or have breakfast along the way in either Sturgis or Rapid City.
- Take I-90 South 22 miles to Exit 58, merge left onto Haines Ave. and
continue about 1.5 miles (changes to 5th St.) then left on New York St.
where you arrive at the next adventure.
- The Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the violent upheaval that formed the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western Frontier. When your journey is complete,
you will fully understand the legacy of the land and its people.
- After the Journey return to 5th St and turn left, go about two blocks
then right onto Omaha St, go another three blocks then left onto Mt.
Rushmore Rd. / Hwy 16W, follow this for 18 miles to the Keystone Junction turn left onto Hwy 16A continue four miles to Keystone. Follow the signs thru Keystone to arrive at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Check out this site www.Blackhillsbadlands.com/maps for an interactive map that allows you a birds eye view of the area
- Have Lunch in Keystone at the The Ruby House Restaurant with turn of the century décor. Or dine with the presidents at Presidential features at Mount Rushmore Memorial.
- Mount Rushmore National Monument
You will not want to miss this! Majestic carving of the faces of four
presidents on a granite mountain is awe inspiring plus learn about the
birth, growth, development and the preservation of our country.
- Rushmore Borglum Story
Discover the world of Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mt. Rushmore. You will think you are there as you view the actual blasting of the granite, stand alongside the full-sized eye of Lincoln, an exact replica of the eye on the mountain.
- 1880 Train Take a vintage steam train ride like those that helped settle the Great
American West! Hear the bellow of the engine and the whine of the whistle as it winds it’s way through the scenic hills between Keystone and Hill City and back again.
- Hill City http://www.hillcitysd.com has some great shops and food. Try the Alpine Inn for great German lunches or filet dinners, or the Bumpin Buffalo for great pub fare.
- There are many other widely advertised attractions in Keystone. If time and energy allows you can take your pick.
- The following offer a fine Dinner experience: The Ruby House, or Carver Café.
Then return to Mt Rushmore for the lighting ceremony or head back to Rush No More Resort, where you’ll always find it quiet and relaxing for a good night’s rest so you can be ready for the next day’s adventure.
You know there were a lot of Attractions you missed yesterday so head back
to Rapid City and up Mt. Rushmore Rd. to catch them today. Any or all of
the following are great choices:
- Bear Country USA Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile drive through this spectacular and unique wildlife park on over 250 acres amidst towering pines and along rolling
meadows to view a dozen species of North American mammals.
- Old McDonald’s Farm AND ON HIS FARM HE HAD SOME….. Cows, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and so much more! Admission is good for 3 consecutive days! (3 days of fun for the price of 1!)
- Reptile Gardens This is where you will find the world’s most renowned, Guiness Record holding, collection of exotic reptiles which includes rare lizards, turtles, snakes, crocodiles, frogs and salamanders; rare birds, beautiful minerals, prehistoric fossils and botanical specimens; three shows featuring snakes, birds of prey, alligators and crocodiles. Fantastic gardens for those leary of the reptiles.
- RushMore Tramway Adventures www.rushmoretramwayadventures.com for their Alpine Slide, Ziplines and Aerial Adventures, or have lunch on top of the mountain accessible by chair lift.
- Pactola Lake Kayaking Take in the awesome skyline and scenery of one of Western South Dakota’s largest lake. A kayaking, boating or water skiiing day on the waters of Pactola lake is both tranquil and refreshing. Push yourself for some speed or just relax on one of their beautiful picnic areas..
- Off Road Riding Explore the National Forest on a Four Wheeler. With hundreds of miles of trails accessible from Rush No More Resort, bring your own four wheeler or rent one from several area rental facilities or have Mavericks Rentals bring one to you here at the Campground!
- Evans Plunge Worlds Largest naturally warm mineral water Indoor Pool and Water Park located in Hot Springs.
- The Mammoth Site Tour the worlds largest mammoth research facility and experience an active pale ontological dig site to view Ice Age fossils exhibited as
they are unearthed. Located in Hot Springs.
- Wild Horse Sanctuary A guide will take you out to see the beautiful Wild Horse Herds, Native American Ceremonial Sites and Petroglyphs, and Movie sets for Ted Turner’s classic, Crazy Horse (1996) and Disney’s Hidalgo (2003). Learn
about Wild Horse, Pioneer, and Native American History. Located near Hot Springs.
- Wind Cave National Cave and Park One of the world’s longest and most complex caves. The park’s mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs.
- Custer State Park Encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Don’t miss the Buffalo herds, the new Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, Needles Eye, Sylvan Lake, The State Game Lodge and so much more.
- Black Hills Balloons Hot Air Balloon rides over the Southern Black Hills
So much to see and do and so little time – you may want to take advantage of the many tour options:
- If you prefer to let someone else drive so everyone can enjoy the trip, here are some options: Also available are bus tours so you can enjoy the scenery and do not have to drive try:
- Black Hills Rapid City, South Dakota Map
More Area Excitement
City of Deadwood
The whole City of Deadwood is a an American National Historic Landmark. Go back in time on its carefully restored architecture and walk the streets where the famous & infamous left their marks. See where Wild Bill Hickock was assassinated and visit his gravesite next to Calamity Jane.
Most visitors to Deadwood experience only the glitz of its casino-filled Main Street. But for a real historical perspective of this once rough and raucous town, you will need to explore beyond the blackjack tables and slot machines.
While the gold rush of 1876 brought the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, it also provided the wealth to construct a thriving commercial center in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Any history buff will love the Adams Museum which features exhibits on the Gold Rush and those who made it famous. The Days of 76 Museum features several old West Stage Coaches and Rodeo exhibits. In Deadwood’s sister City, Lead, visit the Homestake/Sanford Labs Visitor Center, newly built and showing the history of what was the world’s largest Gold Mine and its new job to help scientists explore sub-atomic particles at a depth of over 8500 feet! You won’t be disappointed!
More exciting area info is in the works.
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