Bored of the beaten path? Discover the hidden gem of entertainment that is Rush Mountain Adventure Park. Tucked into a gorgeous nook outside of Keystone, this fun-filled attraction offers a variety of ways to spend a thrill-filled day. Here’s everything you need to know for your visit:

About Rush Mountain Adventure Park

entrance to rush mountain adventure park and the rushmore cave in the black hills of south dakota
If you haven’t heard about Rush Mountain Adventure Park yet, I am glad you’ve found this blog. It’s the perfect stop for those adventure seekers looking for entertainment. At this one attraction you can go on a fascinating tour of Rushmore Cave (the closest cave to Mount Rushmore), soar high on an exciting zipline, compete in a series of 7-D shoot out games, test your agility on an above ground obstacle course, cruise down a scenic mountain on a coaster, and even partake in some gemstone mining! 

The Best Route from Rapid City

the scenic drive to rush mountain adventure park with the road lined with fall colors

Take the quickest route from Rapid City to Rush Mountain on US-16 W to Rockerville Rd and then SD-40 E. The drive takes about 30 minutes. You can also take SD-79 S to SD-40 W, which only takes a few more minutes than the first suggested route. If you take Highway 16 all the way to Keystone it will take you longer to reach Rush Mountain.

The Best Time To Visit Rush Mountain Adventure Park

mountain coaster views of the black hills as two riders enjoy rush mountain adventure park
Fill your day with fun by arriving at opening time or shortly after. This is the best time to arrive thanks to cooler morning weather since most of the rides are outside, plus you’ll be able to beat the rush that comes later in the day. You can find their hours of operation on their website here. It's also important to note that park hours are weather permitting. 

The Best Value at Rush Mountain

person touring rushmore cave at rush mountain adventure park in the black hills

Make the most of your visit by purchasing the wristband! You can get individual tickets for each ride, but after one experience believe me when I say everyone will be wanting more – especially on the Mountain Coaster. The Rush Mountain Adventure Park wristband allows you a day of unlimited experiences on all the thrilling rides this park offers. If you’re a local or plan on visiting the area again this season ask about their seasonal pass for even more great savings. Tickets for the guided Rushmore Cave tour can be added onto a wristband for a discounted price. 

Don’t Miss the Last Ride of the Day

Visitors playing the 7D gunslinger ride at Rush Mountain
An important thing to know before you go is what time the park closes. If you plan to pop in towards the end of the day, you’ll need to get there at least an hour before closing time. That will give you enough time to purchase your tickets and catch the last ride of the day which usually takes place around 15 minutes before closing time for the rides. The last cave tour for Rushmore Cave is one hour before closing. Plan accordingly! You can find their hours of operation on their website here.

Items You Should Bring/Know About

  • Wear closed toe shoes
  • Bring a light jacket for the cave tour
  • Sunscreen and eye protection since a lot of the rides are outdoors
  • If needing to carry an infant or small child, a front carry pack is recommended for the cave tour
  • Make sure to leave bags in your vehicle as they don’t provide storage places
  • There is food for purchase at the Snackitorium and in the gift shop

Stay Up-To-Date

Location of Rush Mountain Adventure Park in the Black Hills
Add Rush Mountain Adventure Park to your “must-do” list and make plans to find this off the beaten path destination. Keep an eye on Rush Mountain’s website and social media as your vacation approaches. They frequently share news, limited time offers, special events, and hours of operations updates that are great to know for your visit. Check out the related content below to find more adventures near Rush Mountain Adventure Park! 

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