Hill City Travel Guide

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    Elk and deer west of Hill City, S.D.
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Hill City Things to Do

  • Devil's Tower

    A little more of a hike, in Wyoming is Devil's Tower National Monument. This is a very cool landmark that you can start to see from miles away. The park has a few hiking trails, including one that circles the tower. Take the time to walk this trail and see the Tower from all sides. Definitely worth the time (about two hours) it takes to travel over...

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  • 1880 Train

    The 1880 Train operates between Hill City and Keystone. You can get tickets and board from either location. The trip between the two cities takes about an hour one way. The layover at Hill City for those arriving from Keystone is about an hour. A narrator will explain the sites along the way. The sites include Harney Peak (the highest point in the...

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  • Badlands National Park

    It's a bit of a hike from Hill City, but this is definitely worth the trip. You'll want to get out and see the barren landscape of this park. There are a few opportunities to spot some wildlife. There are also a couple of choice hikes you can take. A fairly quick trip to see most everything in the park will probably take you 4-5 hours. I don't...

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  • Wall Drug Store

    This is a bit longer of a trip, but if you're going out to see the Badlands, take a stop at Wall Drug to see what all those signs are about. Basically, this is just a huge souvenier store, but if you're in the area, you really should stop and see it and snag your free ice water.

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  • Roughlock Falls

    Between Spearfish and Deadwood on Route 14, you have the opportunity to pull off the road and see a couple of waterfalls. While there were many people moseying around Bridal Veil Falls, a few miles south you can see Roughlock Falls, which was flowing with a little more force. If you like waterfalls, be sure to stop off here to get a snapshot.

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  • Custer State Park

    By far, one of the most exciting parts of our trip was to Custer State Park. You get a great mix of natural formations and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. Be sure to keep your eyes on the road, because there will be points where traffic just stops because folks are taking picture of the bison, rams, donkeys, or other creatures in the...

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  • Wind Cave National Park

    South of Custer State Park lies Wind Cave. Great on hot summer days to take a cave tour and get out of the sun. We took the Natural Entrance Cave Tour, and while somewhat informative, we found it to be less so than other tours we've taken. The formations in this cave aren't as exciting as others, the main point of attraction is "boxwork"...

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  • Mt. Moriah Cemetery

    If you're in Deadwood, you might as well make a quick stop at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, where some of it's famous citizens ar buried. The first stop is Wild Bill himself. For a couple of bucks, you can get in and receive a map of the various points of interest. Watch out for tour buses! If they're in the cemetery, you may have too large of crowds to...

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  • Deadwood

    I'm a sucker for gambling towns, so we definitely took the trip up to Deadwood. It has that old mountain town feel to it, and there are plenty of casinos and places to eat. We stopped at a buffet in the Four Aces casino, and while not up to Vegas quality, it was a fairly inexpensive lunch. We stopped at the #10 Saloon to watch a re-enactment of...

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  • Crazy Horse Memorial

    Down the road from Hill City, you can check out the other massive stone carving in the area, Crazy Horse. It's $10 or so per person to come in, and you get access to a short film, an Indian museum, and a chance to browse some exhibits on sculpting. You can pay extra for a trip to the base of the mountain, but we passed on that. I got the feeling of...

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  • Mount Rushmore

    About 20 minutes out of the Hill City lies Keystone, home of Mount Rushmore. It's amazing to gaze upon these stone carvings and hear how they were created. There's a short walk along the base of the mountain as well as several other points of interest within the memorial. I recommend hitting this first thing in the morning, before the crowds hit -...

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  • The Black Hills

    There is no single 'Black Hills Park' where you can see a representative sample of this area, (and I wouldn't support the formation of another park either). However, much of the land in the Black Hills National Forest is crossed with hiking trails and beautiful drives. The classic look of the Black Hills is one of large granite outcroppings...

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Hill City Hotels

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  • Coyote Blues Village B&B

    23165 Horseman's Ranch Road, PO Box 966, Hill City, South Dakota, 57745, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites

    This hotel had a terrific pool area & workout room. We would recommend this hotel if you are in the...

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  • High Country Guest Ranch

    12172 Deerfield Road, Hill City, South Dakota, 57745, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Hill City Restaurants

  • Terribly disappointed

    We ate at the Hill City Cafe because most diners have good, downhome food. They got the "down" part right! We ordered burgers & the burgers were "down" right aweful! I couldn't even finish mine...it had a strange taste to it. We can cook better burgers at home!

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  • Wouldnt go back

    We ate at the Alpine Inn & were disappointed. We ordered three steak dinners & my steak tasted like liver compared with the other two. The wedge of lettuce was a bit odd. We would not eat there again.

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  • Grab a Quick Bite

    If you take the train to Hill City from Keystone, you can enjoy a short stop at Hill City. If you want to grab a bite to eat, your best bet will be the snack bar at the railroad depot, as you will only have about an hour or so and not quite enough time to head into town to look for an alternative. The snack bar serves hot dogs, sandwiches, chips,...

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  • If It's Filet Mignon You Want...

    Don’t come here for dinner if you don’t want filet mignon, a baked potato and a wedge of iceberg lettuce with ranch dressing. That’s because it’s all they have – seriously. The only variable is the size of your filet (6 oz. or 9 oz.). The service is a bit perfunctory and someone needs to tell the wait staff that shouting an order into the kitchen...

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  • A great place to stop after dinner

    Along the strip of shops and restaurants lies this little store. They sell fudge, baked goods, and most importantly, ice cream. After dinner, if you're looking for a nice little dessert, they'll treat you right here with a generous scoop of Blue Bunny Ice Cream. Any flavor will do you well!

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  • Good food, great prices

    Located in the middle of town, looks pretty fancy on the outside, but is really a simple cafe on the inside. Serves everything from simple sandwiches up to steak dinners. We ended up coming back a second night because we liked the food so much. Servers are quite friendly and attentive. You will be able to get in and out quickly if you want, or...

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Hill City Shopping

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    by Dymphna1 Written Jul 21, 2010

    This is a Christmas shop and fabric store. The fabric side is for quilters. They have this thing about going to places and getting designs from different places for quilts. It is a society that I skirt around, so I understand it, but don't have the time for it. :)

    The main part of the store is Christmas collectibles and ornaments. They are of a great variety! I got my DIL a $20 ornament that was made of glass and had a nativity scene inset into it made of glass. Very unusual and she loves nativity scenes. She bought me a "World's Coolest Grandma" on a motorcycle ornament. I love it!

    This store is dangerous

    What to pay: Too much

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Hill City Off The Beaten Path

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    by WFTR Written Oct 4, 2002

    Across the lake from the campground mentioned here, there was a small boat launch and boat rental in '93. When my knee wouldn't hold me on another day of hiking, I rented a canoe there and paddled around the lake. It's a small lake, and an hour or two were sufficient to see the entire lake two or three times. Still, it was a fun little place to sit in the water and look at the beauties of the Black Hills.

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