Black Hills and Badlands Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Black Hills and Badlands Trip Guide

From the carvings on Mount Rushmore to the surreal Badlands and the jagged peaks of Custer State Park, this South Dakota area is rich with history and natural beauty.

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Firehouse Brewing Co.
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Red Rock River Resort Hotel and Spa. Photo by Lisa Meyers McClintick.
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Buffalo Rock Lodge. Photo by Lisa Meyers McClintick.
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Where to eat

Buglin’ Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar Tasty lunch wraps with a South Dakota twist include bison and smoked pheasant in the summer; the menu dresses up for dinner. In Custer. See reviews and ratings. (605) 673-4477

Firehouse Brewing Company Great fish and chips, toasted garlic beer bread and flavorful ales define the local favorite in Rapid City. See reviews and ratings. (605) 348-1915; firehousebrewing.com

Prairie Berry Winery In Hill City, sample wines and eat grilled sandwiches. Open for lunch; pairing dinners available in the summer. See reviews and ratings. (877) 226-9453; prairieberry.com

Tally’s Silver Spoon Head to Rapid City’s popular diner for comforting breakfasts and lunches (think blueberry pancakes and homemade soups), plus upscale dinners. See reviews and ratings. (605) 342-7621; tallyssilverspoon.com

Where to stay

Buffalo Rock Lodge This three-guest-room B&B outside Keystone offers a distant but direct view of Mount Rushmore. Days finish with dessert on the balcony. From $150. See reviews and ratings.  (888) 564-5634; buffalorock.net

Hotel Alex Johnson Downtown’s renovated 1927 beauty includes a pub and sits within walking distance of shops and restaurants. From $49. See reviews and ratings. (800) 888-2539; alexjohnson.com

Red Rock River Resort Hotel and Spa The Red Rock’s sandstone building in Hot Springs dates to 1891, but the rooms are fresh. Spa treatments start at $35; guest rooms from $95. See reviews and ratings. (888) 306-8921; redrockriverresort.com

Celebrity Hotel In Deadwood, heated towel bars and soft linens await in lovely guest rooms. From $114. See reviews and ratings. (888) 399-1886; celebritycasinos.com 

The Lodge at Deadwood Recently opened, the Arts and Crafts-style lodge has a pleasantly upscale vacation vibe. Some of the 140 rooms have balconies; the new casino is a short walk away. From $69. See reviews and ratings. (877) 393-5634; deadwoodlodge.com

Spearfish Canyon Lodge Overlooking Spearfish Creek, the lovely inn is a perfect base for touring the canyon, fly-fishing and snowmobiling. From $89. See reviews and ratings. (877) 975-6343; spfcanyon.com

State Game Lodge at Custer State Park President Calvin Coolidge adopted the lodge as his “summer White House.” The building has been refurbished but retains a 1920s game-lodge feel. Rooms from $140. See reviews and ratings. (888) 875-0001; custerresorts.com

Terry Peak Chalets Attractive, upscale cabins offer families a comfortable alternative to sharing a motel room. From $400. See reviews and ratings. (605) 359-5364; terrypeakchalets.com

More information:
Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association (605) 355-3600; blackhillsbadlands.com
Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce (800) 325-6991; hotsprings-sd.com
Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 487-3223; visitrapidcity.com
Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce (800) 626-8013; spearfishchamber.org

Badlands

Worth noting The Oglala Sioux Tribe hosts its annual Oglala Nation Powwow and Rodeo the first week of August in Pine Ridge, about 110 miles southeast of Rapid City. Tribes celebrate nearly 30 of these gatherings each year. For a list: oglalalakotanation.org

What to do

Badlands National Park The moonlike landscape of this park covers nearly 250,000 acres and offers hiking, camping and bison sightings. See reviews and ratings.  (605) 433-5361; nps.gov/badl

Wall Drug Since 1931, the sprawling, kitschy roadside attraction near the Badlands has lured motorists with souvenirs, clothing, food and 5-cent coffee. See reviews and ratings. (605) 279-2175; walldrug.com

Where to stay

Cedar Pass Lodge and Badlands Inn Cabins and rooms offer spectacular views of Badlands National Park. The complex includes a campground, restaurant and gift shop. From $85. See reviews and ratings. (877) 386-4383; cedarpasslodge.com

More information: Wall-Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce (888) 852-9255; wall-badlands.com
 

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