Attractions & Events

There’s a robust variety of things to see and do in South Dakota and the Black Hills area. We’ve got everything from geological and man-made formations like the Badlands, Devils Tower, and Mt. Rushmore to the world’s largest mammoth dig site. There’s also the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD where our campground & RV Park is conveniently located. Our location puts us in driving range of many attractions and events, making us ideal for your summer base camp.

Here is a brief list of some attractions and events you’ll have access to while camping in Sturgis:

Attractions


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1880 Train

The 1880 Train allows you and your family to experience the scenic Black Hills like they did in the olden days. This vintage train ride is a great experience for kids and parents alike.

Distance from Campground: 50.2 miles

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1880 Town

Is a vintage 1880 Train just not the all-encompassing blast from the past you’d hoped for? Visit the 1880 Town outside of Murdo, SD and explore more than 30 buildings furnished with relics from the 1880’s themselves.

Distance from Campground: 50.2 miles

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Adams House Museum

Offering a look into Deadwood’s past, Adams House is a Victorian style home that belonged to two of Deadwood’s founding families. Visitors are able to tour the house and accompanying museum for a more in depth history of Deadwood South Dakota.

Distance from Campground: 12.7 miles

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Badlands National Park

A geological wonder known worldwide; the badlands are east of Rapid City and feature breathtaking views of a wind and water eroded landscape.

Distance from Campground: 88.4 miles

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Bear Country USA

Featuring the world’s largest privately owned black bear collection, Bear Country USA gives visitors the opportunity to drive through 200 acres of Black Hills territory and witness buffalo, grizzly bears and many more North American animals.

Distance from Campground: 39.0 miles

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Black Hills Caverns

Located slightly Southeast of Rapid City; Black Hills Caverns offers a variety of cave tour options and learning experiences related to the caverns, their history, geology and chemistry, and even gemstone mining for the kids!

Distance from Campground: 35.4 miles

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Black Hills Maze

This family play park has everything from a 43,000 sq. ft. maze with two levels, a batting cage for all ages, water wars, and bank shot basketball. In other words; Black Hills Maze is hours of family fun.

Distance from Campground: 34.7 miles

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Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder is an authentic 1880’s gold mine that offers tours, a museum, and the largest collection of mining equipment to be found in the Black Hills area.

Distance from Campground: 50.6 miles

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Crazy Horse Memorial

Open every day of the year, Crazy Horse Memorial is meant to serve as a reminder to honor the rich heritage of the North American Indians. This is the world’s largest mountain sculpture and offers a unique experience every time you visit since it’s continually being drilled and mountain blasted.

Distance from Campground: 66.8 miles

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Cosmos Mystery Area

One of the most unique experiences offered in the Black Hills. Cosmos Mystery Area is filled with mind bending mysteries such as water flowing uphill, people changing heights on a level platform, and other strange phenomena.

Distance from Campground: 47.3 miles

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Devils Tower National Monument

A geological improbability, Devils Tower is a rock formation that reaches thousands of feet into the air in an otherwise desolate prairie surrounding the Black Hills.

Distance from Campground: 80.3 miles

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Evans Plunge

Open year round, this indoor park is fed by natural spring water of 87 degrees. It also features an outdoor pool, hot tub, steam room and weight room. Evans Plunge is family fun in any season!

Distance from Campground: 88.7 miles

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Homestake Gold Mine

Travel through historic Lead South Dakota on Homestake’s surface tour. Following the processes of mining, Homestake’s tour shows you what it took to get that ever precious gold to the surface during the historic Black Hills gold rush.

Distance from Campground: 15.6 miles

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Jewel Cave National Monument

This is the third longest cave known in the world. Jewel Cave National Monument offers guided tours to peak your curiosities through a maze of passages featuring brilliant colors.

Distance from Campground: 83.9 miles

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Journey Museum

The Journey Museum tells the story of our Western Great Plains in full detail from the standpoint of the Lakota and pioneers of the area.

Distance from Campground: 30.0 miles

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Mammoth Site

The Mammoth Site is the world’s largest mammoth researching facility with a working paleontological site and museum. The site offers educational programs for junior and advanced paleontologist excavating and even an Indian hunting technique experience of “Atlatl Throwing”.

Distance from Campground: 88.3 miles

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

The famous memorial dedicated to honoring our country’s rich history and development, Mount Rushmore is a must see wonder in the Black Hills.

Distance from Campground: 67.7 miles

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Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens is a family attraction that features the world’s largest reptile collection on display, exotic birds, minerals and fossils, exciting shows, and an indoor jungle!

Distance from Campground: 36.8 miles

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Pioneer Auto Show

A bit farther than our other attractions, Pioneer Auto Show is worth the drive for auto lovers the world around. You’ll see everything from motorcycles, tractors, scooters, and more as you re-visit 20th century America and the evolution of these vehicles since that time.

Distance from Campground: 163 miles

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President’s Alpine Slide at Rushmore Tramway

This family adventure features views of Mt. Rushmore while you enjoy a scenic chairlift, beautiful Black Hills nature pathways, and even a mountaintop garden and Café.

Distance from Campground: 50.7 miles

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Events


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Black Hills Film Festival

Experience our local film festival by attending screenings of Independent Films, seminars, and workshops from experts in the industry.

Location: Hill City, SD

Distance from Campground: 56.8 miles

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Buffalo Roundup

Ever wondered what it would look, feel, and sound like to witness over a thousand Buffalo being rounded up old west style? Become a part of the action and watch as Custer State Park’s Buffalo are taken charge of by cowboys, cowgirls, and park staff in this amazing event.

Location: Custer, SD

Distance from Campground: 59.7 miles

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Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival

Non-stop entertainment, Arts Festival, Craft show with around 125 exhibitors with Western Arts and Crafts and products made in South Dakota; the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival is a weekend event worth checking out.

Location: Custer, SD

Distance from Campground: 59.7 miles

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Days of ’76 Rodeo

One of the best outdoor rodeos in the nation, Days of ’76 Rodeo has received recognition by way of being named the PRCA Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year four times. It’s also been named PRCA Midsize Rodeo of the Year for 9 years in a row from 2004 to 2012.

Location: Deadwood, SD

Distance from Campground: 11.4 miles

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Kool Deadwood Nites

This is a four-day event in Deadwood featuring 50’s and 60’s classic cars in the hundreds, parades and show and shines. In addition, Kool Deadwood Nites features free concerts of classic rock and roll.

Location: Deadwood, SD

Distance from Campground: 11.5 miles

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Sturgis Camaro Rally

A rally dedicated to all generation Camaro’s that features a show and shine, auto cross, poker runs and drag racing events.

Location: Sturgis, SD

Distance from Campground: 1.4 miles

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Sturgis Mustang Rally

On Labor Day weekend, the Sturgis Mustang Rally takes over Main St. with a show and shine, drag races and there are even poker runs to attend.

Location: Sturgis, SD

Distance from Campground: 3.4 miles

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