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

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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