Rapid City has long been considered one of the gateways to the West, and its rich cowboy and Native American heritage are the result.
Attractions Near Rapid City
Visitors won’t want to miss the area’s mammoth outdoor sculptures. There’s Mount Rushmore, of course, but work also continues on the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial, which will be the largest sculpture in the world when it is finally completed years down the line. Among the many local attractions are the scenic Black Hills, several nearby cavern systems that offer guided tours, and the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.
Take a spin on Rapid City’s 13.5 miles of bicycle trails, which wind along scenic Rapid Creek. Mountain bikers will find heaven on the 600 miles of trail that crisscross the backcountry, including the famous Mickelson Trail and Cowboy Hill. Hiking among the granite cliffs and ponderosa pine forests is also popular here.
Prefer fishing? Cast for brook, brown, and rainbow trout in Deerfield Reservoir, Sheridan Lake, Spearfish Creek, Castle Creek, or any of the region’s other prime fishing waters. Rock climbers can also get a thrill on the granite spires of the Harney Range.
Old West Adventures
Circle B Ranch Chuckwagon & Trail Rides, the only “Chuckwagons of the West” member in South Dakota, has been a Black Hills tradition since 1976 for those who want to taste the “Best of the West.” The restaurant serves hearty chuckwagon-style fare, such as slow-roasted beef, buffalo, and BBQ chicken, and the Circle B Cowboys provide Western musical entertainment. Also enjoy gun shoot-outs, trail rides, pony rides, gem panning, gift shops, and more. Open Monday through Saturday, Memorial Day weekend through mid-September.
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