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Black Hills & Mt. Rushmore Private Tour

Duration

7

Tour Type

Multi-Day Tour

Group Size

8

Languages

English

Pricing

Starting at $8,500 per person, based on double occupancy.

This tour price shown is assuming two guests book this tour with double occupancy lodging. Please call us at (435) 940-4212 for pricing.

Overview

Itinerary

Day 1: Friday · Arrival Day: Fly Into Rapid City

Arrive at the Rapid City Regional Airport. Your guide will there upon your arrival. Travel from Rapid City to Deadwood (about 1 hr away).

The Wild West town of Deadwood was born when prospectors came across a gulch full of dead trees and a creek full of gold. The entire town is a National Historic Landmark. The town's roots go back to 1876 when outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Poker Alice came to town looking for gold and a good time Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock roamed the streets.

Day 2: Saturday · Devil's Tower

Begin the day traveling and touring Devil's Tower. The Tower is an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. It is considered sacred by Northern Plains Indians and indigenous people. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to learn more, explore more and define our place in the natural and cultural world. Stop on way back to Deadwood the Buffalo Vore Jump. Discovered during the construction of Highway I-90 in the early 1970's, the Vore site is a natural sinkhole that was used as a bison trap from about 1500 to 1800 A.D.

Spearfish Canyon is close to Deadwood and is a beautiful scenic drive and there could be hiking opportunities there as well depending on the time and preferences. Your group and guide will decide if a stop at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Leads is something the group wants to see. Return back to Deadwood.

Day 3: Sunday · Continue To Tour Deadwood

The Wild West town of Deadwood was born when prospectors came across a gulch full of dead trees and a creek full of gold. The entire town is a National Historic Landmark. The town's roots go back to 1876 when outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Poker Alice came to town looking for gold and a good time Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock roamed the streets. There are several hikes or spots to visit that may have been missed on the arrival day. Continue exploration of sites such as the Deadwood Brothel house, Deadwood Cemetery, Adams house, and the Adams museum. Travel from Deadwood to Rapid City. About 1 hour of travel time.

Day 4: Monday · Explore Badlands National Park

Travel from Deadwood though Rapid City to Badlands National Park. The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient horses and rhinos once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today. Possible stops today could include the Prairie House, Wall Drug Store, and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site before returning to Rapid City.

Day 5: Tuesday · Explore Black Hills- Mammoth Site

Enjoy the Black Hills of South Dakota. Start by discovering The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. You can tour this indoor active dig site and view Ice Age fossils. Next stop, we will stop and explore the Wind Cave National Park. With slightly more than 140 miles of passageways, it’s the sixth longest cave on Earth. New miles of cave are discovered every year. The caverns here feature an impressive collection of boxwork—a honeycomb-like pattern composed of thin calcite fins and other geologic formations.

Before returning to town, we will stop at Custer State Park. Encompassing 71,000 acres in the Black Hills, Custer State Park is home to abundant wildlife and adventure; camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or relaxing, there’s something here for everyone

Day 6: Wednesday · Tour Of Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. The sculpture was completed in 1941 and have roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It truly is a site to see and admire. There are interactive museums the guests can experience as well on site. Next stop for the day is the Crazy Horse Memorial. This memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. It will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land. Enjoy a spectacular drive through pine and spruce forests, meadows surrounded by birch and aspen, and rugged granite mountains.

DAY 7: Thursday · Departure: Fly out of Rapid City

Depending on group's departing flight times, enjoy a visit to Bear Country, USA. Enjoy this seasonal drive-through wildlife park from the comfort of your own vehicle observe black bears, elk, mountain lions, buffalo, reindeer and other wildlife in their natural environment. After you drive, take a wildlife walk around our area where you can view park offspring, smaller animals and the must-see baby bears.

Afterwards, your guide will take you to the Rapid City Regional Airport. They will be sure that you have plenty of time before your departure.

Designated Tour Planner
Professional Private Guide
Private Vehicle Transportation
Airport Departure Transfer
All National and State Park Entrance Fees
Entrance fees to attractions
Breakfasts (when not included with accommodations)
Lunches on all Tour Days
Gourmet Snacks and Refreshments
Guest Lodging

Guest Airfare
Guest Dinners
Excursion Guides Gratuity (customarily 10-20%)
Utah Luxury Tour Guide Gratuity (customarily $150-$250 per day)
Hotel Incidentals (guest will be required to present credit card at hotels for incidentals upon check in)

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