Best City Views at Dinosaur Park

Since the 1930s, an 80-foot-long brontosaurus has straddled the city skyline on Dakota Hogback Ridge, which extends South straight into the Black Hills. Generations have come to visit our quirky long neck and seven other dinosaur friends. You can spot the brontosaurus from different spots around town and get the best views of the city from the top. On a clear day, you can see the Badlands formations in the east and views of Black Elk Peak to the west. Keep reading for visiting tips and park history or dive deeper into the seven types of dinosaurs on this hill here.

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Best Time to Visit
  • A sunrise or sunset visit boasts colorful views that might actually knock your socks off! This location also offers a perfect view of the city’s fireworks during Independence Day celebrations.

Don’t Miss This
  • The Dinosaur Park Gift Shop & Visitors Center, open May through September, features unique gifts and souvenirs. You’ll find your fair share of dinosaur memorabilia, but they also carry items reflecting the region. Food items and ice cream are also available at pocket-change prices.

Dinosaur Park in Rapid City began as a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression, initiated after dinosaur bones and footprints were discovered in the vicinity. The construction, led by Emmett Sullivan, aimed to capture travelers headed to Mount Rushmore. It was one of the…

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