NPS Centennial

Happy 100th To America's National Parks!

The big day is almost here! For a celebration that’s been a century in the making, join us in Rapid City for the National Park Service Centennial on August 25, 2016. The gift is all yours thanks to Fee Free Entrance for the National Park Service's Birthday, offering four days of free admission, cave tours and other benefits from August 25-28, 2016.

With six national parks and monuments close by, you’ll find a wide variety of ways to appreciate America’s first 100 years of park stewardship. From the dazzling depths of Jewel Cave to the dizzying heights of Devils Tower, from the otherworldly mood of the Badlands to the familiar faces of Mount Rushmore, from the baffling complexity of Wind Cave to the powerful history of the Minuteman Missile Silo, love for our National Parks takes many forms in the Black Hills.

In fact, few places in the nation are as beloved and well known as Mount Rushmore, which prepares to celebrate its own milestone this fall. Rapid City has been gearing up for this big anniversary year for many months now, launching the #MyRushmore photo project and piecing together the best of the Black Hills to ensure a vacation that’s tailor-made for those who love the great outdoors. With our National and State Parks providing unforgettable settings for hiking, biking, rock climbing and much more, it’s prime time for outdoor adventure. Don't believe us? Check out our Parks, Monuments and Memorials Itinerary for two full days of exploring.

Whether you add a visit to The Journey Museum & Learning Center to pick up some knowledge about the Black Hills and its natural history, or stop by unique shopping destinations to pick up treasures like Native American arts and crafts or Black Hills Gold, it’s easy to balance your Park adventures with modern comforts in Rapid City. Downtown Rapid City is well known for its tasty restaurants – including celebrated craft beer and spirits – along with an art scene that’s inspired by the region’s spectacular beauty and moving history. It all adds up to a vacation experience that’s on par with the celebration of the century!

Find Your Park Festival: August 20, 2016

The Saturday before the August 25th National Park Service Centennial, Main Street Square will come alive with activities, ranger talks, educational info, park products and entertainment honoring outdoor organizations and area National, State and Local Parks. Take advantage of discount offers and find out which park is right up your alley.

You're Up, Junior Rangers!

Badges are cool, but the mission is cooler. The National Parks offer a free Junior Ranger Program to inspire and involve young nature lovers in park stewardship, giving them the chance to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Go On A Secret Mission

Control rooms, an underground silo and the haunting feeling of what might have been. Pay a visit to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site to learn what you may have never known about the Cold War and the nuclear arms race.

Upcoming Events

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Do you have kids who love to explore? Traveling Mom Carful of Kids shares how much her kids loved Wind Cave National Park. ‪#‎VisitRapidCity ‪#‎SummerOfBigThings


On your way to @mountrushmorenm? Snap a selfie and use #MyRushmore for a chance to win gear!

Finding your perfect moment can happen at any moment. Thanks @maxbrownphoto for this amazing photo! 

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