The Rapid City area is made for adventuring. Surrounded by 1.2 million acres of national forest and surreal national parks, state parks, memorials, monuments and more, there’s a lot of ground to cover during your vacation. So, let a local expert be your guide!
Heading to and from Rapid City on Highway 16, also known as the road to Mount Rushmore, leads drivers past a great selection of things to do.
Visit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota with this Native-owned and operated, step on guide tour business. You can take an experiential individual or group tour to learn more about the culture and history of the Lakota people, and their homeland.
Established in 1896, this fish hatchery is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country dedicated to fish culture and resource management. See four species of trout raised by the DC Booth Fish Hatchery and used to stock in-state fishing waters.
The stops in this itinerary will have you discovering remains of mines and flumes, panning for gold, exploring the underground, and understanding how the Black Hills Gold Rush affected the people of the Sioux nation who lived and owned this land in the Dakota territory.
Visit Badlands Observatory during the day or at night for guided experiential tours of the sky. Learn about telescope making and astrophotography, explore the galleries and dome area inside, and take in extraordinary views of the sun, moon, stars and more from the observing deck.
My XO Adventures provides you with expert guides for sightseeing in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. These passionate guides love sharing the magic of this sacred land and can’t wait to welcome you on an unforgettable experience.