activities & attractions

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Spend a weekend hiking, visit iconic attractions, or take in breathtaking scenery. Some places you need to be to believe. Start your online exploring with these fan favorites around Custer and throughout the Black Hills.

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Mount Rushmore
National Memorial

The epic monument features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills. Make the trip to learn more about this iconic national memorial.

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Crazy Horse

CRAZY HORSE 
MEMORIAL®

More than one million travelers visit Crazy Horse Memorial every year and tour the adjoining Welcome Center and Native American Educational and Cultural Center, showcasing over 12,000 contemporary and historic items.

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custer state park

Explore 71,000 acres of untamed natural beauty in a wilderness that puts most national parks to shame. Here you’ll find mountain lakes, high-altitude trails, and a thundering herd of 1,400 bison.

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Highway

NEEDLES HIGHWAY

This road takes “scenic drive” to a whole new level. When you cruise through the park (SD HWY 87) will take you pass waterfalls, bubbling brooks, and the summer camp-like Black Hills Playhouse, and that’s all before coming to the entrance of Needles Highway.

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Jewel Cave

Explore the third-longest system of caves in the world, featuring walls studded with calcite crystals that sparkle like jewels. With over 210 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity.

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wind cave national park

Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this maze of passages is home to box work, a unique formation rarely found elsewhere. There are a variety of tours available, whether you’re looking for an easy tour with the family or a wild cave tour crawling on your knees.

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Wind Cave

THE BADLANDS

Come for a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring rugged beauty and walk through one of the world’s richest fossil beds where saber-toothed cats once wandered. Each hike is unique, ranging from flat walks across prairie grasses to steep climbs amongst spires and pinnacles. 

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Devils Tower

DEVIL'S TOWER

This stump-shaped granite wonder formed from the neck of an extinct volcano and developed peculiar hexagonal columns as a result of cooling magma. Climbers love the challenging routes, sightseers love the view from the bottom.

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