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Distance from
Mt. Rushmore
12 miles
Distance to
Other Places
Crazy Horse Memorial, 5 miles
Mt Rushmore, 12 miles
Custer State Park Game Lodge about 25 miles
Deadwood, 48 miles
Sturgis, about 65 miles
Spearfish, about 70 miles via US14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive)
Devil's Tower National Monument, about 110 miles via US14A
Wind Cave National Park, about 27 miles
Jewel Cave National Monument, about 25 miles
Badlands National Park, about 110 miles via Rapid City and I-90 Hot Springs, about 40 miles
Time Needed: Give an hour or two
Best Time To Go: Anytime (Midday if you take the train.)
Directions: Follow US 16A north to US 16. Follow 16 west and you can't miss it
Highlights: 1880 train, dinosaur exhibit
Description:
Mt. Rushmore is Open All
                Year.
Open All Year

     Hill City was once at the center of one of the three great gold mining districts in the Black Hills. (The other old gold boom towns are Deadwood and Keystone.) During it's heyday as a mining camp, a contemporary writer described Hill City as "a mile of hell" because there was one solid mile of saloons and gun-play just about daily.
     The town's been tamed a lot since those times, first as a stop on the main stage coach route from Cheyenne to Deadwood, and later as a stop on the railroad. Today, Hill City is still home to the Black Hills only railroad, the Black Hills Central Railroad. It's also home to the "Black Hills Institute" a private organization of dinosaur hunters who operate a  museum on Main Street.
   A good way to see Hill City is to take a morning train out of Keystone, walk around for a couple of hours, then take an afternoon train back.
     Hill City is moderately tourist friendly and it is the second best base for touring the Black Hills; that is, close to almost everything.On the upside, a number of local artists and craftspeople work out of Hill City and there are several local wineries nearby.
    Contacts:
     Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce
     PO Box 253
     Hill City, SD 57745-0253
     Phone: (605) 574-2368 Toll Free: (800) 888-1798
    Fax: (605) 574-2628
Link: http://www.hillcitysd.com/
 
 
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