Area Info

Mt Rushmore Tours-  Special Marathon Participant Tour

Frequently described as “Absolutely the Best Tour & Entertainment Package in the Black Hills of South Dakota.”



Schedule:

8:50 AM – Board coach at the Lodge at Deadwood. Your all day driver narrated tour begins with stops at…

60 – 90 minutes – Mount Rushmore – We’ll spend at least an hour visiting Mount Rushmore. There is plenty of time to see all the park has to offer including the sculptor’s studio & the Lincoln Borglum Museum.
Iron Mountain Road – We’ll wind over the Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway as it takes you over Iron Mountain through scenic tunnels and pigtail bridges. Camera Stops!
Custer State Park – Keep your camera ready and your eyes on the lookout for wildlife like buffalo, burrows, antelope, elk, and rocky mountain bighorn sheep. We’ll stop when it’s safe.
1 hour – State Game Lodge – Our lunch stop (Cost of Lunch NOT INCLUDED) is the presidential summer white house to former president Calvin Coolidge. Here you can purchase lunch from a menu or buffet. Try the buffalo soup!  Cost of Lunch NOT included!
Needles Highway – We continue through Custer State Park up Needles Highway passing through scenic tunnels and by scenic overlooks. Camera Stops
15-20 min – Sylvan Lake – Stop for pictures at the spectacular man-made lake located at the bottom of Harney Peak.
60-90 minutes – Crazy Horse Mountain & Memorial – Staying for at least 1 hour we’ll visit the largest mountain carving in the world. You can visit the memorial & museums and learn much about the sculptor Korzak Ziolkowski in his home studio museum.
5:30 PM – Return to The Lodge at Deadwood.

The George S. Mickelson Trail

Coming out of Deadwood at it’s northern end the George S. Mickelson Trail was completed in the summer of 1998. The trail follows the historic Burlington Northern Railroad line – abandoned in 1989 – from Deadwood to Edgemont – 114 miles altogether. It was named for South Dakota Governor George S. Mickelson who took a keen interest in converting the old rail line to a trail.

The trails easy access and gentle slopes allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy its charm. Its hard-packed limestone gravel surface passes over more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four hardrock tunnels. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land and offers a spectacular vista of the Black Hills beauty!

Mickelson Trail Affiliates
Sponsoring the Half-Marathon stop since DMTM inception AND Listing all Mickelson Trail services

For info on Deadwood visit the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce website

Area Attractions

Mount Rushmore
Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the 60-foot busts of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to represent the first 150 years of American history. Visitors to the memorial come primarily to view the granite sculpture itself, but also of interest is the Sculptor’s Studio built under the direction of the artist, Gutzon Borglum, in 1939.

Spearfish
World-class Fly Fishing, Rock Climbing, Hunting and other Nature activities just around the bend from Deadwood. Home of Spearfish Canyon and Spearfish Creek. For more information visit: www.spearfish.sd.us

Crazy Horse Memorial
To be carved into a mountain by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski beginning in 1947, the legendary Indian, Crazy Horse was chosen as the subject by the local Indians who insisted that he be carved into the Black Hills. The 563 foot work has taken over 50 years and despite the sculptor’s death is still being sculpted to this day. Memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America.

Deadwood 1876 Theater
Short Plays featuring famous Deadwood characters

Devils Tower National Monument
Located in Devils Tower, Wyoming, 77 quick miles from Deadwood. The Tower and the surrounding 1,347 acres were designated as our nation’s first National Monument by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Scientists believe that Devils Tower is the core of a volcano exposed after millions of years of erosion caused by weather and the Belle Fourche River. If you are staying in the Devil’s Tower area: Devils Tower Lodge – “Simply the Finest Accommodations, Rock Climbing instruction and Guiding in the Black Hills Area”

Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park is located in the Southwestern corner of South Dakota just north of the town of Interior. The park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. Sixty-four thousand acres are designated official wilderness, and is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. The Stronghold Unit is co-managed with the Oglala Sioux Tribe and includes the sites of 1890’s Ghost Dances.The park is open year round – 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Entrance fees are collected April through November. You can enjoy sightseeing by personal car, hiking, biking (established roads only), picnicking and camping.

Additional Resources

Black Hills, Badlands & Lake Association

Black Hills VISITOR Magazine Online

Mickelson Trail Affiliates

Casey’s Corner – Casey’s Car Rental Service from Rapid City

Deadwood Area Weather