54 Sherman Street, Deadwood, SD – (605) 578-1714 – Website
The Adams Museum was built in 1930 by Deadwood businessman and former mayor, W.E. Adams. The Museum, a gift to the city of Deadwood, is operated by a non-profit educational organization. The Adams Museum is open year-round and displays artifacts from Deadwood’s past.
Alkali Ike Tours
Deadwood, SD – (605) 578-3147 – Website
The Alkali Ike Tour departs from the Historic Saloon #10 on Main Street. The air conditioned, narrated bus tour takes you through Historic Deadwood and a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery.
Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD – (605) 433-5361 – Website
The Badlands National Park is 244,000 acres where bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets call home. The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides opportunities for hiking, camping, and picnicking. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center contains exhibits, a 95-seat theater where you can learn more about the Badlands, and a bookstore where materials about the park can be purchased. The White River Visitor Center is staffed by members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Many trails are available for hiking in Badlands National Park. The trails vary in length and difficulty so there is something for everyone. For those who do not want to hike, driving through the Badlands National Park is very scenic and has many informational stops along the drive. Ranger-led and Night Sky programs are available throughout the summer months. The entrance pass is valid for 7 days, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the Badlands National Park.
Black Hills Mining Museum
323 W Main Street, Lead, SD – (605) 584-1605 – Website
The Black Hills Mining Museum, located in the city of Lead, is dedicated to preserving the rich mining heritage of the Black Hills. The museum offers a simulated underground tour of the Homestake Gold Mine. Gold panning is also available at the Black Hills Mining Museum.
Deadwood Mini Golf
225 Cliff Street, Deadwood, SD – (800) 961-3096 – Website
Deadwood Mini Golf is an amusement park located in Deadwood. Activities include an arcade and 18-hole Mini-golf. Mini-golf is open from Memorial Day Weekend through November 15, weather permitting. The go-karts, bouncy house and bumper boats are no longer available at this location.
Historic Adams House
22 Van Buren Avenue, Deadwood, SD – (605) 578-3724 – Website
Deadwood pioneers built what is now known as the Historic Adams house in 1892. The house was purchased in 1920 by W.E. and Alice Adams for $8,500. In 1992 the house was sold to the City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission and restored in 1998. The house has been opened as a museum on July 1, 2000.
Historic Boothill Tours
Deadwood, SD – (605) 578-3758 – Website
The Boothill Tour is a one hour open air bus tour operating from June to October. The tour departs from the Bodega located at 662 Main Street. Along the way learn about Deadwood’s gold rush and current gold mining, local history and legends, Historic Main Street buildings, the legalization of gambling in Deadwood and more.
Homestake Visitor Center
160 West Main Street, Lead, SD – (605) 584-3110 – Website
The Homestake Visitor Center provides a surface tour of the city of Lead and Homestake’s underground surface operation from May through September. Artifacts, a mining video, memorabilia, and a free view of the 1876 Open Cut mining area are also available.
109 Miles with 15 trailheads, from Edgemont to Deadwood, SD – (605) 584-3896 – Website
The Mickelson Trail was completed in September of 1998 and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail is rated easy to moderate and is open year round from dawn to dusk. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and during the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land with parts passing through private property.
The trailheads provide parking, self-sale trail passes, vault toilets, and tables. Most of the trailheads also provide water starting in May. The 15 trailheads are Deadwood, Kirk, Lead, Sugarloaf, Englewood, Dumont, Rochford, Mystic, Burlington Northern Hill City, The Mountain, Harbach Park/Custer, Custer Spur to Stockade Lake, White Elephant, Pringle Minnekahta, and Edgemont.
Trolley rides are available during the summer to allow people with physical limitations the opportunity to experience the beauty along the Mickelson Trail.
Mount Moriah Cemetery
1 Mount Moriah Drive, Deadwood, SD – (605) 578-2600 – Website
Mount Moriah Cemetery is located at the top of Mount Moriah overlooking Deadwood. The American flag flies over the cemetery 24 hours a day, not just sunrise to sunset. The cemetery is the final resting place for historical figures such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. There are also Potter’s fields around the cemetery where graves of the unknown were buried without a marker. There is a Jewish section where Jewish families are buried. The center of the cemetery is the Masonic section where the prominent Masons who founded Mount Moriah are buried. Most of the Chinese that were buried in the cemetery have been exhumed and returned to China. Many children’s graves are found throughout the cemetery due to the high mortality of children from typhus, cholera and small pox outbreaks.
13000 Highway 244, Keystone, SD – (605) 574-2523 – Website
Mount Rushmore is a must see for those traveling in the Black Hills! There is no entrance fee, but a parking fee is required. The parking fee allows a vehicle unlimited entry within the calendar year. The Memorial is open year round, the Information and Visitor Centers are only closed on Christmas Day.
The sculpture is illuminate year round at dusk. During the summer months, there is a 45 minute program in the evenings during which the memorial is lit up.
11249 Presidents Park Loop, Lead, SD – Website
Located a few miles Southwest of Deadwood/Lead on US 85 just past Deer Mountain Road, President’s Park features the likeness of all 42 Presidents of the United States each standing 20 feet tall. The Presidents are chronologically arranged on walking trails. Biographical information along with the national and state flags of the era is alongside each President. Self guided and guided tours are available. Snowmobile rentals are available during the winter. During the summer, bike rentals are available.
11187 Deer Mountain Road, Lead, SD – (605) 580-0926 – Website
Ski Mystic is a ski area 5 minutes from Deadwood. They have over 40 ski trails and a new Zero Gravity Tube Park. The Zero Gravity Tube Park is a 1000 foot descent with a 250 foot vertical drop in under 28 seconds. Ski lessons are offered at Ski Mystic.
21120 Stewart Slope Road, Lead, SD – (605) 584-2165 – Website
Terry Peak Ski Area is located in the Black Hills about 8 miles from Deadwood. Elevations from 5900 to over 7000 feet allow for more substantial snow fall during the winter months. Skiing and snowboarding are available with lessons available for different age levels and skill abilities.