The city of Hot Springs was founded as a frontier health spa to capitalize on springs of warm mineral waters rising in Fall River Canyon. The town is set in a sandstone canyon with classic turn-of-the-century style sandstone buildings. The springs continue to feed Fall River, which winds through historic downtown Hot Springs.
It Really Is the Water
Six major thermal springs which emerge from the ground within the town of Hot Springs converge in a single canyon. The biggest spring of them all, and one of the warmest at 87 degrees, flows up through the gravel bottom of Evans Plunge. It totally re-charges the water in the huge indoor water park seven times a day, then overflows into Fall River.
Just down the stream from Evans Plunge, in the downtown district, you can join local citizens who journey daily to fill their domestic water containers at Kidney Springs. They swear by the stuff for drinking, cooking and washing. The water flows out of the rock canyon wall and into a basin at the Kidney Springs Gazebo, a Victorian trellis topped with a statue called "The Gift of Water." The water tastes just fine, but it seems odd that it is warm, not cold.
The sixth longest cave in the world! 140 miles of passageways with boxwork, frostwork & popcorn crystals. Guide fee for ranger-led tours. Above ground. 28,000 acre wildlife park. Visitor center & park open year round.
The National Natural Landmark is an internationally renowned indoor working paleontological site/museum. More than 60 Columbian & woolly mammoths have been unearthed, as well as over 80 other species of associated Ice Age fauna. Hands-on activites for children, an educational experience for the entire family. Groups welcome. AAA Gem designation.
Swim, splash and soak in the warm mineral water of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs. This indoor/outdoor pool is naturally filled by 5000 gallons of 87 degree spring water. With slides, children’s’ pools, Tarzan rings, tubes, and health club, it will sure to delight the entire family. Groups and buses welcome.
Browse art from regional & national artists in the “Largest Originals Gallery in the Dakotas”.
Located across from the waterfall in historic Hot Springs, you’ll find an amazing selection of contemporary, European, Native American art & artifacts, jewelry, pottery, glass & sculptures in a variety of mediums. All housed in a beautiful gallery with a unique history.
In 1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer.
Things to See & Do
Angostura State Recreation Area is one of the few large reservoirs in western South Dakota.
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
Nestled along Sheps Canyon Bay, Sheps Canyon Campground is the newest campground at Angostura Recreation Area. It offers great access to the boat ramp and excellent shore fishing opportunities.
Over many years of exploration and mapping, Wind Cave has grown to be one of the world’s largest known caves. Currently over 142.75 miles of passages have been mapped making it the third longest cave in the U.S.
The route of choice for rambling through the Black Hills National Forest
Stretching 109 miles from Deadwood in the north to Edgemont in the southwest, the Mickelson Trail has become known far and wide for the highquality bicycling it offers.
With a surface of primarily crushed limestone and gravel, the trail currently has 15 trailheads which all offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets and tables. Most of the grades are gradual and gentle, with none exceeding four percent. Portions of the trail are considered strenuous.
Places to Stay
Enjoy luxury on a budget! Family owned and operated since 1995! Clean, quiet and comfortable, complete with continental breakfast, seasonal outdoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwaves and coffee makers. All new beds. Guest laundry. At door parking. Free mini golf with any room rental!
Experience camping near our river of warm water. RV, tent & Tipi sites. Modern shower & restroom facilities, full hook-ups. Glamping: Tipi or bunkhouse B&B. River tubing with your own tubes! Cowboy cook shack with evening steaks & burgers. Hiking trails through the Seven Sisters Mountain Range.
Your perfect stay is right here. All rooms & suites feature: 32” Flat-screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board. Guest laundry & pets welcome.Visit nearby attractions; Mammoth Site, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park & of course Mt Rushmore!
Free continental breakfast, pet friendly, free Wi-Fi, public computer, guest laundry, refrigerator in rooms, truck/RV parking,. Adjacent to Mammoth Site and restaurant. Close to Evans Plunge, Wind Cave, Angostura Reservoir, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary & Custer State Park. Great golfing, hiking and biking trails. Fishing & hunting.
Peaceful clean, themed historic cabins with spectacular views. One to four beds, some with kitchenettes, reasonably priced. Cabins include antique decor,TV,refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi, cable, AC, linens, bedding. Sit down continental breakfast (May 15-Labor Day), close to area attractions. Playground, grills, fire pit, picnic tables, and viewing decks. Pets welcome!
2 Diamond AAA Rated motel with 3-2 room cabin suites. All rooms & cabins have HBO, hair dryers, irons/board, refrigerator & microwave, coffee makers available. Free Wi-Fi. Heated outdoor Olympic size pool (open Memorial thru Labor Day). Free deluxe continental breakfast.
33 campsites. Lodge designed for 12 people.
Boat ramp near & access to thousands of acres of public lands great for hunting! Fishing, swimming, boating & hiking. New in 2014, 11 non-electric site equestrian campground w/10 miles of trails.
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