Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

South Dakota Family: Black Hills (6 days)

Austin Adventures

Rapid City, SD, United States To Rapid City, SD, United States


Day 1
Rapid City, SD United States
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood

Begin your vacation by exploring Bear Butte State Park and summit the mountain trail yielding sweeping panoramic views for miles and miles • Experience the Old West and learn why Bear Butte is considered one of the most sacred lands by the Plains Indians • Afterwards we head over to the famous biker town of Sturgis for lunch at a local spot • Load up in the van to travel a short distance away to our home for the next couple nights, Deadwood • We’ll walk the same sidewalks as the likes of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, to name just a few • If time permits we will explore the world of gold panning at Golden Boot • Tonight’s dinner is at the Deadwood Social Club • Packed full of history and surrounded by the wild west

Day 2
Spearfish, SD United States
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Spearfish / Spearfish Trout Hatchery / Deadwood

Today, we head over to the nearby town of Spearfish for a bike ride through a neat canyon • Enjoy a delicious guide-prepared lunch at a local park • Following lunch we will walk to the Trout Hatchery where we can learn and explore the Von Bayer Museum or visit the Neo-Colonial Revival Booth House • This afternoon, enjoy some downtime or walk around the Mount Moriah Cemetery where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane were laid to rest; visit one of several of Deadwood’s museums, highlighting life in the days of outlaws, gold panning, and Native American skirmishes; or take an "old-time," black and white photo at Woody’s Wild West

Day 3
Custer, SD United States
Sylvan Lake Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Mickelson Trail / Crazy Horse / Sylvan Lake

After a hearty breakfast we head to one of the many trailheads of South Dakota’s Mickelson Trail to cycle the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington northern rail line, which serviced gold country for nearly a century • Regenerate yourselves with a lunch prepared by your guides • After lunch transfer to Crazy Horse for a tour • Still in progress, the Memorial is destined to be some 10 times the size of Mt Rushmore • This is more than just carvings in stone; it is a compound that will eventually pay tribute to the American Indians and the great Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, housing properties • While one of your guides checks you into your hotel, where you will stay for the next three nights, the other will give you a tour of the lodge’s beautiful grounds

Day 4
Custer, SD United States
Sylvan Lake Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Little Devil’s Tower / Keystone / Mount Rushmore

Today, eat a big breakfast because we have an exciting day ahead of us! • From Sylvan Lake we’ll depart on a neat hike to Little Devil’s Tower • Snake through quaking aspen and Black Hills Spruce to make your way to the granite scramble at the base of the tower • The summit greets you with jaw-dropping views of the Cathedral Spires, Black Elk Wilderness and the brick fire tower atop 7,242-foot Harvey Peak • This afternoon, we depart for a scenic tour of the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road on our way to explore Mount Rushmore • Dinner in the historic town of Keystone

Day 5
Custer, SD United States
Sylvan Lake Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Sylvan Lake / Wind Cave / Wildlife Loop

This morning, we will partake in a beginner top rope climbing adventure on the Black Hills granite rock surrounding Sylvan Lake • You’ll have all of the equipment and instruction you need to feel comfortable and safe, even if you’ve never climbed before • Indulge in a delicious picnic lunch back at Sylvan Lake • This afternoon we will take in natural beauty as we transfer to Wind Cave to tour one of the most complex and longest caves in the world • End the afternoon by driving the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park on the lookout for bison, antelope and wild burros on our way to our final night’s dinner at the State Game Lodge

Day 6
Rapid City, SD United States
None Breakfast

Rapid City

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the dining room before loading up the van, luggage in tow • Say goodbye to the Black Hills and head back to Rapid City for our farewells

**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather, wildlife, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Activities Biking: 20 to 25 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain on paved roads and Mickelson Trail (packed gravel).

Hiking: 2 to 5 miles, easy to moderate terrain. Bear Butte – 1,025 feet of elevation gain over 2 miles (out and back).

Swimming: There will be several opportunities to swim in lakes this trip; but remember, weather is a factor and cold weather may prevent swimming from taking place.

Rock Climbing: 3 to 4 hour climbing adventure on the granite rocks bordering Sylvan Lake. Gear and detailed instruction will be provided by professional rock climbing guides, ensuring you’ll feel comfortable, even if you’re a beginner. Discovery

Child Age and Pricing on Family Adventures Family Adventures are suitable for children seven years old and up (six years and older for our Costa Rica and Yellowstone Family Adventures). Children who share a room with one or more adults receive reduced rates. The minimum age on our non-family designated adult and teen adventures is sixteen years old

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Pedal the Mickelson Trail, walk in the footsteps of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, and Buffalo Bill in the town of Deadwood. Explore Crazy Horse Memorial and snap photos along the aptly named Wildlife Loop.Few attractions stir the emotions of visitors the way Mount Rushmore does. Hike the base of Mt. Rushmore, one of America’s most inspiring symbols of democracy.

Activities include biking, hiking, swimming and rock climbing. Few attractions stir the emotions of visitors the way Mount Rushmore does. Since its completion in 1941, it has joined the Statue of Liberty and the Stars & Stripes as one of America's most inspiring symbols of democracy. Can you imagine a nose on a person that is 20 feet long?! On Mount Rushmore’s presidents’ six-story tall heads, their rather large noses appear quite normal. Discover the enormity of the Crazy Horse Memorial, its past and present controversies, and the mountain carving’s historic significance at the Native American Cultural Center. Visit a herd of the friendly wild begging burros in South Dakota’s first and largest state park, Custer State Park. Descend into the depths of Wind Cave, the first cave designated as a national park and home to approximately 95% of the world’s boxwork formation. Follow the route of the 1890 Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad on the Mickelson Trail, keeping an eye out for wild turkeys along the way. Follow the steps of famous historic figures such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, and Seth Bullock in the Old West historic town of Deadwood. Come see all there is to do in the Mount Rushmore State!

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