Keystone Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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Keystone Things to Do

  • President's Alpine Slide

    We had to do this one twice. The first time we road the chairlift to the top. Ate buffalo burgers at the top in view of Mount Rushmore. (They only take cash for the food and the burgers were small for the amount asked.) Then road the slide down. Fun!!!! One side is the slow lane. The other side is the fast lane. I took the fast...

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  • Gold Rush

    The Big Thunder Gold Mine is also in Keystone and is interesting if you have time to take the tour. I would suggest taking a sweatshirt or sweater because the mine is around 50 degrees. The tour guides are informative and point out many interesting features of the mine and discuss how history has affected the mine. They also are very knowledgeable...

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  • Junior Dig

    If you have children aged 4-13, they can be a junior paleontologist at the Mammoth Site. It is a fantastic program that was very educational and the kids learned the "rules" of paleontology, too. The instructors' explanations were given in language that the kids could easily comprehend and there was one instructor for every 8 children. Parents were...

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  • Mt Rushmore

    It was so wonderful we went back three times. The monument lighting ceremony was very moving, the music, veterans, flags were memorable. Admission is $10.00 parking fee that is good for the rest of the year. If possible, view the sculpture at daybreak, when the golden orb of the sun crawls out of the morning mist of the badlands. Few vacationers...

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  • Mount Rushmore

    Mt. Rushmore is a huge monument carved on the side of a mountain. It depicts four former US presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, and Aberaham Lincoln. Cool, huh? "Mount Rushmore is a memorial that symbolizes America, and Americans should never lose sight of their cultural beginnings." -Gerard Baker

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  • Journey Below

    Jewel Cave's scenic tour is well worth the time if you happen to be in the area for more than two days. The tour is mildly strenuous and has 723 steps (most of which are down). My two boys aged 5 and 7 had no trouble whatsoever with the tour. You cannot call in advance for reservations except for three days before. We did this and I would highly...

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  • A Mammoth Find

    The Mammoth Site is amazing. As of our visit, the volunteer paleontologists had discovered 54 mammoths. It is an active paleontologist dig site so not only can you observe the uncovered fossils, but you can observe the paleontological process. Tours are given every 20 minutes and the guides are very knowledgeable. Not only did we learn about the...

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  • I Think I Can

    The 1880 Train leaves from Keystone and Hill City. The Keystone location is right downtown. It's exciting to ride behind a real steam engine and the grades of the hills are quite steep which adds to the excitement. Going up the inclines we often wondered if the train would make it and we were strongly reminded of Casey Jr. saying "I think I can, I...

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  • Sliding Down the Mountain

    The Presidents' Slide is on the way to Mt. Rushmore. The slide is fun for the kids; but is like any alpine slide anywhere. You will ride a chairlift up and can take the chairlift down if you'd rather not slide. When you are almost to the top, they will take a picture of you - if you'd like to buy this picture, make sure to raise the bar of the...

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  • Let There Be Light

    The Mt. Rushmore Lighting Ceremony should not be missed. It begins with a park ranger explaining why this site was chosen for the monument along with other information about the area. Then, a movie is shown that explains why each of the presidents were chosen along with a brief history of the nation. After the movie, a "music video" featuring...

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  • Mt. Rushmore

    If you've never seen Mt. Rushmore, your first view of it is awe-inspiring. As you drive toward the entrance, you will first catch of glimpse of it through the trees (which is pretty exciting), but it's when you walk through the entrance that you begin to understand the enormity of the accomplishment. As you walk along the entranceway, tribute is...

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  • Wall Drug

    "You HAVE to go to Wall Drug when you visit South Dakota. It is a must." This is what everyone told us before leaving on our vacation. We couldn't resist. After seeing Wall Drug on the Travel Channel and other tv shows and movies, we had to stop. I had heard stories about the numerous signs along Interstate 90 for the tourist attraction, but it was...

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  • Mt. Rushmore Memorial II

    The nighttime lighting of the monument begins at 8:00pm. Unfortunately, it began to rain while we were sitting in the amphitheater, waiting for the show to begin. The rain at first was on and off, but soon a thunderstorm began to roll through. The ranger who was giving the presentation decided to shorten the program and simply turned on the lights...

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  • Mt Rushmore Memorial

    First of all, let me just clarify something that is very misleading. There is NO free parking at this monument any longer. They closed this lot after September 11, 2001. You MUST pay the $8.00 parking fee in order to get into the monument. However, the admission fee is good for the entire calendar year (like anyone not from SD actually uses that...

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  • Cathedral Spires Hike - Custer State...

    Length: 1.5 miles to Cathedral Spires, one way Difficulty: Strenuous. Time: 2 hours When we stopped by the Custer State Park Visitor's Center, we asked the man and woman behind the desk if they had any recommendations for trails. Because they were so enthusiastic about their state park, the ended up telling us about all of the trails. When they...

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Keystone Hotels

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  • K Bar S Lodge

    434 Old Hill City Road, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Battle Creek Lodge

    404 Reed Street, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Rushmore Express Keystone

    320 Old Cemetery Road, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751-0654, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Keystone Restaurants

  • Near Mt Rushmore

    Western & rustic bar & restaurant on the main stip in Keystone on way to Mt. Rushmore. We ate lunch here twice. We enjoyed the western show & shootout that carried out onto the street. We sat outdoors & enjoyed our buffalo burgers & fries cooked to order. The buffalo stew was good too! It was a great place for people watching. Buffalo of course!

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  • If you don't mind waiting an hour

    The food was good, the enviroment was good... (well.... that is after I realized why people were just totally starring at us when going in!!!), but the wait was fo-re-veeer...... Later that it says on the menu that: "if the restaurant is full, be prepared to wait at least an hour before your food arrives"!!!!!! (when I read that I figured out why...

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