Discover the Dinosaurs in Rapid City, South Dakota
Take a journey back in time to when dinosaurs walked the lands of the Black Hills at The Journey Museum & Learning Center. Through interactive displays you can discover the full history of the Black Hills and its inhabitants—from the T-Rex to the tourist!
After you’ve discovered the history of the Black Hills, head to Skyline Drive in Rapid City to discover seven giant, concrete dinos. Dinosaur Park, originally built in the 1930s, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Rapid City’s most popular parks. The massive concrete Apatosaurus sits high atop a ridge that splits Rapid City in half and is visible from nearly every corner of the city.
Just a few more miles from Hill City, you’ll find the world’s largest mammoth research facility and an ongoing paleontological dig site in Hot Springs. Nearly 55 Columbian wooly mammoth fossils have been unearthed, as well as the remains of giant short-faced bear, camel, llama, prairie dog, wolf, fish and numerous invertebrates.