Custer Hospitality properties are conveniently located just 20 minutes from the entrance from Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here you’ll find American history alive in Stone where you’ll see up close majestic carved figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL
Just five miles from our doors is Crazy Horse Memorial. Carved out of Thunderhead Mountain is a sculpture of Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. This mountain monument is planned to become the world’s largest sculpture one day. More than one million travelers visit Crazy Horse Memorial every year and tour the adjoining Welcome Center and Native American Educational and Cultural Center, showcasing over 12,000 contemporary and historic items.
CUSTER STATE PARK
The granite peaks and rolling plains are calling. The clear mountain waters are inviting and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Encompassing 71,000 acres in the Black Hills, Custer State Park is home to abundant wildlife and adventure; camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or relaxing, there’s something here for everyone. It is one of the most beautiful parks in the state, with free-roaming buffalo, hidden caves, distant views from mountain tops, and babbling brooks surrounded by towering trees. Make sure to visit the five best hiking trails in the park—you don’t want to miss anything at Custer State Park! Bring your family to Custer State Park and let yourself run wild.
This road takes “scenic drive” to a whole new level. When you drive through the park (SD HWY 87) will take you pass waterfalls, bubbling brooks, and the summer camp-like Black Hills Playhouse, before coming to the entrance of Needles Highway. After paying our fee at the gate, and continuing for another few wooded miles, the trees gave way to the jagged namesake formations. At every turn, the landscape became more jaw-dropping as spires began rising from the roadside and in clusters all the way to the wooded horizon.
JEWEL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Explore the third-longest system of caves in the world, featuring walls studded with calcite crystals that sparkle like jewels.With over 195 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Its maze of passages lure explorers, and its scientific wealth remains a mystery. This resource is truly a jewel in the National Park Service.
There are miles of passageways to walk, including:
The scenic tour, a half-mile paved loop that is lighted in portions and accessible by elevator. The historic tour led by candlelight through the part of the cave that was initially discovered.The wild caving tour for advanced cavers looking to explore the undeveloped parts of the cave.
WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK
No matter what time of year you visit, Wind Cave National Park. is brimming with incredible sights. Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America's oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this maze of passages is home to boxwork, a unique formation rarely found elsewhere.
There are a variety of tours available, whether you’re looking for an easy tour with the family or a wild cave tour crawling on your knees. All cave tours are ranger-guided as the Wind Cave is one of the longest and most complex caves in the world.
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.
Come for a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring rugged beauty and walk through one of the world’s richest fossil beds where saber-toothed cats once wandered. Each hike through the badlands is unique, as it can range from a flat walk across prairie grasses to a steep climb amongst spires and pinnacles. Climb the ladder on the Notch Trail or take the Door Trail boardwalk over an ancient seabed. The Badlands National Park is open 24 hours a day, year round.
Standing 1,267 feet over Belle Fourche River Valley, Devils Tower was the nation’s very first national monument.The Tower is an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This stump-shaped granite wonder formed from the neck of an extinct volcano and developed peculiar hexagonal columns as a result of cooling magma. The tower is popular amongst climbers and hikers alike, but be sure to spend some time in the surrounding park with lush woodlands and grasslands filled with deer and prairie dogs. It is considered sacred by Northern Plains Indians and indigenous people. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to learn more, explore more and define our place in the natural and cultural world.