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Squirrel Hill Cabin Recommended Activities

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Squirrel Hill Cabin Recommended Activities

Wildlife
Experience the rugged beauty of the Wild West where buffalo still thunder across the earth and graze the open plains—especially during the park’s annual Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles as crews saddle up to drive in the herd of 1,300. Visit Sept. 25, 2020, to witness the spectacle, or explore anytime. The park’s 71,000 acres invite you to hike, mountain bike, rock climb, ride horseback, cruise scenic byways and fi sh in four mountain lakes. Dine in any of Custer State Park’s four restaurants and you’ll know: This isn’t your average picnic fare. Whether you try succulent sliders with a view of Legion Lake or a seared steak salad on Sylvan Lake Lodge’s stone veranda, you’ll enjoy locally-sourced ingredients—especially buffalo—nicely prepared. Nearby, the town of Custer is making a name for itself as a haven for foodies. Go for the creative flavor combinations at Black Hills Burger & Bun, small-batch brews with craveable pub fare at Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company/ Pounding Fathers Brew Pub and chefdriven, globally inspired plates at Skogen Kitchen. Just be sure to reserve a table for the latter. Nearby Towns: Custer (4 miles)
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Custer State Park
13329 U.S. 16A
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Experience the rugged beauty of the Wild West where buffalo still thunder across the earth and graze the open plains—especially during the park’s annual Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles as crews saddle up to drive in the herd of 1,300. Visit Sept. 25, 2020, to witness the spectacle, or explore anytime. The park’s 71,000 acres invite you to hike, mountain bike, rock climb, ride horseback, cruise scenic byways and fi sh in four mountain lakes. Dine in any of Custer State Park’s four restaurants and you’ll know: This isn’t your average picnic fare. Whether you try succulent sliders with a view of Legion Lake or a seared steak salad on Sylvan Lake Lodge’s stone veranda, you’ll enjoy locally-sourced ingredients—especially buffalo—nicely prepared. Nearby, the town of Custer is making a name for itself as a haven for foodies. Go for the creative flavor combinations at Black Hills Burger & Bun, small-batch brews with craveable pub fare at Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company/ Pounding Fathers Brew Pub and chefdriven, globally inspired plates at Skogen Kitchen. Just be sure to reserve a table for the latter. Nearby Towns: Custer (4 miles)
Take in sweeping vistas of otherworldly landscapes and stunning panoramas of vividly colored buttes, pinnacles, spires and canyons at Badlands National Park. The 244,000-acre park—once known as Mako Sica (a Lakota phrase meaning “land bad”)—features eroded land formations that reveal multicolored layers of various rock types: shale (purple and yellow), sand and gravel (tan and gray), iron oxides (red and orange) and volcanic ash (white). While you’re here, drive the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway and keep your eyes open for an array of wildlife, including eagles, coyotes, pronghorn and bison. Since being given more room to roam, the resident conservation herd numbers around 1,200. Spot individuals and small groups along the park’s Sage Creek Rim Road. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were introduced to Badlands National Park more than 50 years ago. They fit right into the park’s rugged terrain, steep canyons and grassy meadows. The overlooks at both Pinnacles and Cedar Pass tend to grant good views—just look for the species’ large, curved horns! Nearby Towns: Interior (1.5 miles); Wall (7.5 miles); Kadoka (23 miles)
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Badlands National Park
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Take in sweeping vistas of otherworldly landscapes and stunning panoramas of vividly colored buttes, pinnacles, spires and canyons at Badlands National Park. The 244,000-acre park—once known as Mako Sica (a Lakota phrase meaning “land bad”)—features eroded land formations that reveal multicolored layers of various rock types: shale (purple and yellow), sand and gravel (tan and gray), iron oxides (red and orange) and volcanic ash (white). While you’re here, drive the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway and keep your eyes open for an array of wildlife, including eagles, coyotes, pronghorn and bison. Since being given more room to roam, the resident conservation herd numbers around 1,200. Spot individuals and small groups along the park’s Sage Creek Rim Road. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep were introduced to Badlands National Park more than 50 years ago. They fit right into the park’s rugged terrain, steep canyons and grassy meadows. The overlooks at both Pinnacles and Cedar Pass tend to grant good views—just look for the species’ large, curved horns! Nearby Towns: Interior (1.5 miles); Wall (7.5 miles); Kadoka (23 miles)
Fun for family adventures. And FREE!
The Outdoor Campus - West
Fun for family adventures. And FREE!
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Spearfish Canyon
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Historic
Towering high above the treetops and juxtaposed against limitless skies, Mount Rushmore is an impressive tribute to freedom and democracy in America. The awe-inspiring granite sculpture features 60-foot faces of four U.S. presidents who played an integral role in the birth, expansion, development and preservation of the nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Visit the Sculptor’s Studio to learn about the carver Gutzon Borglum’s vision for the memorial and the Information Center to discover the park’s history. In 2020, visitors to Mount Rushmore will be greeted by significant enhancements to the memorial's Avenue of Flags, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Grand View Terrace. While some areas of the memorial may be closed to the public during the rehabilitation, you can still take in much of the Mount Rushmore experience, including the Information Center and Sculptor’s Studio, Carvers’ Café (and ice cream shop!) and the original Historic Viewing Area. Nearby Towns: Keystone (3.5 miles); Hill City (9 miles); Custer (20 miles)
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Mount Rushmore
13000 South Dakota 244
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Towering high above the treetops and juxtaposed against limitless skies, Mount Rushmore is an impressive tribute to freedom and democracy in America. The awe-inspiring granite sculpture features 60-foot faces of four U.S. presidents who played an integral role in the birth, expansion, development and preservation of the nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Visit the Sculptor’s Studio to learn about the carver Gutzon Borglum’s vision for the memorial and the Information Center to discover the park’s history. In 2020, visitors to Mount Rushmore will be greeted by significant enhancements to the memorial's Avenue of Flags, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Grand View Terrace. While some areas of the memorial may be closed to the public during the rehabilitation, you can still take in much of the Mount Rushmore experience, including the Information Center and Sculptor’s Studio, Carvers’ Café (and ice cream shop!) and the original Historic Viewing Area. Nearby Towns: Keystone (3.5 miles); Hill City (9 miles); Custer (20 miles)
Imagine legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse sitting tall atop his spirited horse, arm outstretched as he points to the lands of his people. This image, envisioned by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1948, is being brought to life today by blasting and sculpting crews working year-round. Crazy Horse is the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, standing 563 feet high and stretching 641 feet long. From May through October, Crazy Horse Memorial hosts a variety of special events, so be sure to ask what’s happening when you’re on-site. Depending on the month, you might join one of two volksmarches, shop an artsand-crafts expo, catch a night blast or the Legends in Light® Laser Show, or experience a Native American dance performance. Keep your eyes and ears open for Brulé, the world-renowned musical experience that blends original rock music with traditional Native American dance and instruments. Nearby Towns: Custer (5 miles); Hill City (10.5 miles)
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Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
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Imagine legendary Lakota warrior Crazy Horse sitting tall atop his spirited horse, arm outstretched as he points to the lands of his people. This image, envisioned by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in 1948, is being brought to life today by blasting and sculpting crews working year-round. Crazy Horse is the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, standing 563 feet high and stretching 641 feet long. From May through October, Crazy Horse Memorial hosts a variety of special events, so be sure to ask what’s happening when you’re on-site. Depending on the month, you might join one of two volksmarches, shop an artsand-crafts expo, catch a night blast or the Legends in Light® Laser Show, or experience a Native American dance performance. Keep your eyes and ears open for Brulé, the world-renowned musical experience that blends original rock music with traditional Native American dance and instruments. Nearby Towns: Custer (5 miles); Hill City (10.5 miles)
Step back into the days of the Wild West as you stroll down Main Street in Historic Deadwood —an entire town that’s been designated as a National Historic Landmark. This former mining camp boomed during the gold rush of the 1870s, drawing prospectors, outlaws and larger-than-life characters like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. (It’s booming again now thanks to HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie, a 2019 film based on the network’s Emmy Award-winning series.) By the way, you can still strike it rich in Deadwood at one of the many modern-day gaming halls and casinos. Late-May through late-September, witness the wise-cracking antics of Wild Bill, Calamity Jane and crew at Deadwood Alive’s Main Street reenactments. The performances on the storied streets of Deadwood are family-friendly and free to watch. Nearby Towns: Lead (4.7 miles); Sturgis (13.5 miles); Spearfish (15 miles)
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Deadwood
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Step back into the days of the Wild West as you stroll down Main Street in Historic Deadwood —an entire town that’s been designated as a National Historic Landmark. This former mining camp boomed during the gold rush of the 1870s, drawing prospectors, outlaws and larger-than-life characters like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. (It’s booming again now thanks to HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie, a 2019 film based on the network’s Emmy Award-winning series.) By the way, you can still strike it rich in Deadwood at one of the many modern-day gaming halls and casinos. Late-May through late-September, witness the wise-cracking antics of Wild Bill, Calamity Jane and crew at Deadwood Alive’s Main Street reenactments. The performances on the storied streets of Deadwood are family-friendly and free to watch. Nearby Towns: Lead (4.7 miles); Sturgis (13.5 miles); Spearfish (15 miles)
Sightseeing
Deep beneath the vast expanse of the golden, windswept prairie in western South Dakota is the seventh-longest cave in the world and one of the most complex cave systems, a subterranean realm of maze-like passageways, water-carved rock formations and delicate mineral growths. Wind Cave has long been considered a sacred place for Native Americans. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill that created Wind Cave National Park, the fi rst cave in the nation to be designated as a national park. The park also features more than 30 miles of hiking trails above ground, offering ample opportunities to spot bison, elk and other wildlife roaming freely. When it comes to hiking trails, Wind Cave National Park Ranger Tom Ferrell recommends Rankin Ridge. The 1-mile loop "goes to the highest point in the park with great views. While the fi re tower is closed, the view from the base is wonderful, especially at dawn or sunset," Ferrell says. After advocates brought attention to the fact that only 1,000 bison existed in the U.S. in 1913, Wind Cave received 14 of the animals from the New York Zoological Society. Today, some 500 bison roam the park, favoring prairie dog towns and fresh burn sites for their short grasses. Chat with a ranger upon your arrival to learn of the herd’s latest whereabouts. Nearby Towns: Hot Springs (7 miles); Custer (18 miles)
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Wind Cave National Park
26611 US Highway 385
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Deep beneath the vast expanse of the golden, windswept prairie in western South Dakota is the seventh-longest cave in the world and one of the most complex cave systems, a subterranean realm of maze-like passageways, water-carved rock formations and delicate mineral growths. Wind Cave has long been considered a sacred place for Native Americans. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill that created Wind Cave National Park, the fi rst cave in the nation to be designated as a national park. The park also features more than 30 miles of hiking trails above ground, offering ample opportunities to spot bison, elk and other wildlife roaming freely. When it comes to hiking trails, Wind Cave National Park Ranger Tom Ferrell recommends Rankin Ridge. The 1-mile loop "goes to the highest point in the park with great views. While the fi re tower is closed, the view from the base is wonderful, especially at dawn or sunset," Ferrell says. After advocates brought attention to the fact that only 1,000 bison existed in the U.S. in 1913, Wind Cave received 14 of the animals from the New York Zoological Society. Today, some 500 bison roam the park, favoring prairie dog towns and fresh burn sites for their short grasses. Chat with a ranger upon your arrival to learn of the herd’s latest whereabouts. Nearby Towns: Hot Springs (7 miles); Custer (18 miles)
Located in a scenic ponderosa pine forest, this 1,279-acre park is a peaceful retreat for hiking, bird-watching and viewing colorful wildflowers. However, its most spectacular sight lies deep beneath the surface. Discover Jewel Cave, the third-longest cave in the world, which boasts more than 180 miles of mapped passageways as well as illuminated caverns, glittering dogtooth spar crystals, textured “cave popcorn” and ceilings dripping with stalactites. From the 20-minute Discovery Talk to the Historic Lantern Tour to the Wild Caving excursion characterized by rope-assists and belly-crawls, there’s an experience for every visitor at Jewel Cave. The monument’s most popular adventure is the Scenic Cave Tour. This experience allows visitors to view the cave’s most astounding formations. As a result, the tour tends to sell out in summer and holiday periods, so reserve in advance at BlackHillsVacations.com. Nearby Towns: Custer (12.5 miles)
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Jewel Cave National Monument
11149 U.S. 16
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Located in a scenic ponderosa pine forest, this 1,279-acre park is a peaceful retreat for hiking, bird-watching and viewing colorful wildflowers. However, its most spectacular sight lies deep beneath the surface. Discover Jewel Cave, the third-longest cave in the world, which boasts more than 180 miles of mapped passageways as well as illuminated caverns, glittering dogtooth spar crystals, textured “cave popcorn” and ceilings dripping with stalactites. From the 20-minute Discovery Talk to the Historic Lantern Tour to the Wild Caving excursion characterized by rope-assists and belly-crawls, there’s an experience for every visitor at Jewel Cave. The monument’s most popular adventure is the Scenic Cave Tour. This experience allows visitors to view the cave’s most astounding formations. As a result, the tour tends to sell out in summer and holiday periods, so reserve in advance at BlackHillsVacations.com. Nearby Towns: Custer (12.5 miles)
Take a fun, scenic ride through the hills!
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1880 Train - Hill City Depot
213 Pine Mountain Ave
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Take a fun, scenic ride through the hills!
FREE outdoor experience - a little local history, beautiful space, fun for kids to run around.
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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
423 Hatchery Circle
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FREE outdoor experience - a little local history, beautiful space, fun for kids to run around.
Free outdoor area for little kids if you only have a short amount of time to spend adventure
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Dinosaur Park
940 Skyline Drive
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Free outdoor area for little kids if you only have a short amount of time to spend adventure
Adventure
Just two miles from Mr Rushmore, it offers a zipline, mountain top grille, jump tower, alpine slide, summer tubing, aerial adventure park, scenic chairlift, and more outdoor adventures!
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Rushmore Tramway Adventures
203 Cemetery Rd
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Just two miles from Mr Rushmore, it offers a zipline, mountain top grille, jump tower, alpine slide, summer tubing, aerial adventure park, scenic chairlift, and more outdoor adventures!
Tourist Attraction
Big Thunder Gold Mine
604 Blair St
The National Presidential Wax Museum
609 Hwy 16A
Holy Terror Mini Golf
609 U.S. 16A
Rush Mountain Adventure Park
13622 SD-40
Great for young kids
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Reptile Gardens
8955 U.S. 16
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Great for young kids
Lots of fun for young kids
Old MacDonald's Farm
23691 Busted Five Court
Lots of fun for young kids
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Bear Country USA
13820 U.S. 16
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FREE and great for littles
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Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
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FREE and great for littles
Fun mini golf
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
1500 N Lacrosse St
Fun mini golf
Super fun for families
Prouty Pottery
405 Canal Street
Super fun for families