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Black Hills South Dakota

On the way to Yellowstone National Park from the East, the Black Hills make an educational as well as an inspiring stop, a vacation destination filled with wonder.

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  • Visit the impressive pinnacles, granite outcrops, and beautiful forests of the Black Hills.
  • See Mount Rushmore, carved into the granite rock.
  • Take wildlife viewing to a new level as you watch the bison and bighorn sheep grazing.
  • Only 509 miles (about 8 hours and 33 minutes driving time) from Yellowstone.


With impressive pinnacles, large granite outcrops and dense forests of pine trees, the Black Hills offer riches in recreation, art and history.


The Black Hills are located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, south of Rapid City.


You’ll find accommodations of every sort in the Black Hills, from motels and hotels to cabins, vacation rentals and Bed and Breakfast Inns.

Casual or fine dining are yours in the Black Hills. No matter your preference, you’ll find great food and friendly establishments.


Hiking, skiing and biking are great activities in the Black Hills, with the George S. Mickelson Trail recently opened.

Of course, wildlife viewing is a favorite, with bison, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and pronghorn grazing the grasslands. Black Hills creeks are great for fishing, too.

Some of the Most Popular Attractions

Mount Rushmore is a huge granite carving in the mountain with 60-foot statues of the faces of four most-revered presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Crazy Horse Memorial is the largest sculpture in the world, depicting the Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse, who defeated General George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

At Custer State Park, recreation is at its best. Within its 71,000 acres of breathtaking terrain there is also an excellent scenic drive, Needles Highway, that winds around rock formations, and in and out of tunnels.

Getting Here

To get to Yellowstone from the Black Hills, get on US 16, then using US 385 and SD 89, get on US 18 to I-25 North. From I-25 take exit 189, following US 20/26 and follow the signs to Yellowstone.

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