Fossils, Minerals & Prehistoric Wonders | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
  • Fossils, Minerals & Prehistoric Wonders
    Fossils, Minerals & Prehistoric Wonders

    You'll dig our fossils

Over the millenniums, hundreds of animal species have lived in South Dakota. They unknowingly left behind hints of their presence which have interested history buffs and paleontologists for centuries.  Paleontology museums in the region showcase the findings.  Some attractions, such as the Mammoth Site, even offer limited opportunities to help dig up fossils.

If your interest is in geology, the Black Hills is your playground.  Comprised of granite, pegmatite and metamorphic rock; you will find a vast array of minerals, including the infamous Black Hills Gold.

The Black Hills is the perfect destination to experience and learn more about at these prehistoric wonders.

  • Scenic Chairlift at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    Scenic Chairlift at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Glide up to a hilltop oasis & beautiful views of Mt. Rushmore.  Find fragrant flower gardens, walking paths, soothing waterfalls & the Mountaintop Grille. Every table affords a view of the famous faces & a peek at brand-new Zipline Tour action! Chairlift back or coast down the thrilling Alpine Slide.

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  • Mountaintop Grille at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    Mountaintop Grille at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Chairlift up to the ultimate in outdoor dining - every table has a view of Mt. Rushmore! Relax in a beautiful mountaintop garden with panoramic views, flowers, waterfalls. Savor mouth-watering burgers & brats, freshly grilled-to-order, ice-cold beer, nachos, ice cream.

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  • Aerial Adventure Park at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    Aerial Adventure Park at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Just 2 mi. below Mt. Rushmore awaits the ultimate in family fun. Traverse the treetops on suspended ropes, rings, ladders, bridges & ziplines. 8 varied courses offer 100+ obstacles in a 90-minute self-paced challenge of this floating jungle gym. Adjacent to Jump Tower, Alpine Slide & sensational NEW Zipline Tour!

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  • Alpine Slide at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    Alpine Slide at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetery Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Coast downhill for big thrills just 2 miles below Mt. Rushmore. Chairlift up to Gardens & Grille, & view NEW Zipline Tour action! Then grab a sled & cruise the Slide. Wheeled sleds with brakes offer full control of speed. Small kids ride with adults. For ages 2 to 102!

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  • Zipline at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    Zipline at Rushmore Tramway Adventures*

    (605) 666-4478
    203 Cemetary Rd.
    Keystone, SD 57751

    Mind-blowing adventure just 2 miles below Mt. Rushmore. Get a harness on, pump your courage up, and fly down the breathtaking 800-ft. Zipline. Then test your nerve stepping off into mid-air on the adjacent 60-ft. Free-Fall Jump Tower. COMING 2017: over a mile of ziplining on sensational new Zipline Tour!

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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

(605) 787-4884
8228 Elk Creek Rd
Piedmont, SD 57769

Where the Brontosaurus Dinosaur was excavated in 1889! Experience a one-of-a-kind tour & nature walk through the best Black Hills geology. Explore trees that have turned to stone, museum displays, working lapidary, rock & gift shop. Open daily Apr-Oct 8:30 am to 7:00 pm. RV & tent camping, cabins & heated pool on-site. Free Petrified Forest tour w/lodging. AAA approved!

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Badlands Petrified Gardens

Badlands Petrified Gardens

(605) 837-2448
I-90 Exit 152
Kadoka, SD 57543

Easy access off I-90, Exit 152. Unique outdoor park includes the largest petrified trees & logs ever found in the Badlands area. Indoor museum features prehistoric Badlands mammal & sea fossils, extensive florescent mineral display, agates, rock, mineral & crystal specimens. Open mid-April to late October.

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