Parks, Monuments and Memorials
Rapid City is centrally located to several Black Hills area national parks, monuments and historical sites. Only 25 minutes from the heart of downtown Rapid City, visitors can explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Discover two of the areas national caves or explore the mysteries of The Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site all located within an hour of Rapid City.
Plan your visit to Rapid City and explore these national parks and natural wonders.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
|Mount Rushmore, our nation’s Shrine of Democracy, is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Rapid City. Visitors can see the granite faces of four presidents, walk the presidential trail and visit the sculptor’s studio.
Plan your visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Badlands National Park
|Badlands National Park is 244,000 acres of unique rock formations, sharply eroded buttes and jagged, colorful spires. The Badlands, shrouded in ancient mystery and timeless beauty, are located 50 miles east of Rapid City.
Plan your visit to Badlands National Park.
Wind Cave National Park
|Wind Cave is one of our nation’s oldest national parks protected by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. Located 65 miles southwest of Rapid City, Wind Cave showcases the beauty above and below the surface of the Black Hills and is the fifth longest cave in the world.
Plan your visit to Wind Cave National Park.
Jewel Cave National Monument
|Thousands of dazzling calcite crystals decorate the walls of Jewel Cave National Monument. Jewel Cave is one of the longest caves in the world and is located just 52 miles southwest of Rapid City.
Plan your visit to Jewel Cave National Monument.
Devils Tower National Monument
|Our nation’s first national monument is located just 107 miles west of Rapid City in the Wyoming Black Hills. It’s both a national treasure and a geological wonder.
Plan your visit to Devils Tower National Monument.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest mountain carving-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When completed, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall by 641 feet long. Its namesake, Crazy Horse, was a war leader of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and is revered by the Lakota as one of their greatest leaders.
Custer State Park
|At 71,000 acres, Custer State Park is one of the nation’s largest state parks. Custer State Park is famous for its bison herd, a variety of wildlife, scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centers, resorts, campgrounds and outdoor adventures.
Plan your visit to Custer State Park.