To enjoy the little town of Keystone, you will need at least 3-4 days, maybe even a week.
What else can you explore there?
Here are some ideas for you.
Crazy Horse Memorial
The Crazy Horse Memorial is another remarkable monument carved into the Black Hill Mountain.
Cowboy and manager of the WS Ranch James Cook planned to build a monument at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in honor of Henry Standing Bear’s maternal cousin, Crazy Horse (he was killed at Fort Robinson in 1877).
Oglala Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear contacted to James Cook and proposed the idea of carving a Crazy Horse in the sacred Paha Sapa – Black Hills. Lakota leaders also supported the concept.
After reaching an agreement, Henry Standing Bear invited Polish-American sculptor to a dedicated memorial to honor his people. Korczak accepted the invitation, and the work began.
In 1948, 27 km west of Mount Rushmore, construction started on the Crazy Horse Monument, and Korczak worked on the project until his death on October 20, 1982, at age 74.
After Korczak passed away, his wife Ruth Ziolkowski and the children continued the work on process the monument, and only in 1998 was the 26-meter head of the Crazy Horse finished. 50 years of work!
Work on the memorial is still in progress, but after completing, it’s going to be the grandest monument in the world. Powerful, impressive and breathtaking!
May 27 – September 30, 2022
$15.00 1 person in a vehicle
$30.00 2 people in a vehicle
$35.00 3 or more people in a vehicle
$10.00 Per person on a motorcycle, bicycle, or walking
No parking fees.
Travel time from Keystone: 40 min.
Travel timr from Rapid City: 55 min.
In addition, I advise you attend the nightly laser-light show “Legends in Light” at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
“Legends in Light” is a spectacular show with animation, sound effects and dynamic music. It tells the story of the historical heritage, cultures and contributions of Native Americans to our society.
The show runs from Memorial Day weekend through September 30th.
24040 Cosmo Road, Rapid City
This is a definite fun place to visit. Don’t skip it!
In 1952, two college students were looking for a suitable spot for a summer camp and discovered this unique and mysterious place.
Cosmos mystery is located at 24040 Cosmo Road, Rapid City, and it is only an 10-minute drive from Keystone Town
$6 children age 5-11
Free children under 5
I recommend you to take 40 min tour.
Travel time from Keystone: 10 min
Travel time from Rapid City: 30 min
The caves are another delightful place to explore and good choice for adventure.
You can find several caves around Keystone.
Here are my suggestions:
Black Hills Caverns
2600 Cavern Road, Hwy 44 West Rapid City
Black Hills Caverns is an exciting underground landscape, and it has been a great attraction for the tourists since 1939.
The Caverns were formed roughly 60 million years ago, but was discovered only in 1882 by gold miner.
Every year million of tourists visit this cavern, where they can see the natural beauty and unique formations like crystals, stalactites and stalagmites.
$10.95 Children 6-12
Free children 5 and under
This complete tour usually takes 1 hour.
Travel time from Keystone: 40 min
Travel time from Rapid City: 15 min
Jewel Cave National Monument
11149 US-16 B-12, Custer, SD
Jewel Cave is the third longest cave system in the world and was named after beautiful jewel-like sparkling calcite crystals discovered by brothers Frank and Albert Michaud in 1900.
On February 7,1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the cave as a national monument.
Now the cave stretches out over 210 miles through fascinating underground passages and rooms covered with rare, fragile formations of crystals, dogtooth spar and cave popcorn.
Jewel Cave is a great attraction to explore where you can have unforgettable experiences.
There several different guided tours available with price range from $6 to $45.
Travel time from Keystone: 50 min
Travel time from Rapid City: 1hr 20 min15 min
Custer State Park
Custer State Park is another wonderful landscape to explore. This beautiful Needles Highway attracts roughly 300,000 people annually.
Custer State Park is the largest state park where people can discover lots of activities, like camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or just relaxing and admiring the outstanding beauty of nature.
If you drive through Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park, you will enjoy the Highway Scenic Overlook (Needles Highway or the Scenic Wildlife Loop). This is an absolutely breathtaking journey with stops where you can appreciate the stunning scenery.
$20 per vehicle for 7-Day License
Travel time from Keystone: 40 min
Travel time from Rapid City: 40 min
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park is a mysterious landscape of layered rock formations, eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires on the Black Hills. These impressive canyons attract people from around the world.
Are you intrigued why the Badlands are called bad?
A long time ago, the Lakota residents have named this area “Mako Sica”, which translates as “bad lands.” The cause of that name was rocky ground, shortage of water and extreme temperatures, which have made it challenging to pass through.
These days, the Badlands are a worthy place for hiking, spotting wildlife and taking a scenic drive.
The Badlands Loop Road (highway 240) goes through spectacular scenery, with lots of viewing points, where you can look at the formations up close. The panoramas are absolutely stunning.
For a day trip, the Badlands are a great place to explore.
$30.00 per vehicle and passengers for 7 days
$15.00 for individual that is hiking, bicycling, etc… for 7 days
$25.00 – motorcycle and passengers for 7 days
Travel time from Keystone SD: 1hr 20 min
Travel time from Rapid City: 1 hour
Deadwood is a small town on the northern side of the Black Hills National Forest, known for its gold rush history. The city of Deadwood is defined by its picturesque surroundings and the history of the Wild West.
Deadwood became known for lawlessness. Murders were common, and justice wasn’t always fair.
James Butler Hickok, known as Wild Bill, was an American Old West folk, famous for his life on the frontier as a soldier, scout, lawman, gambler, showman, and actor. Wild Bill was involved in many famous gunfights.
The town gained even more notoriety when gunman Wild Bill Hickok was murdered on August 2, 1876.
The grave of Wild Bill Hickok lies beside the frontierswoman, sharpshooter and companion of Wild Bill’s real-life Martha Jane Cannary, known as Calamity Jane.
In Deadwood, tourists can discover lots of things, like a historic 1880 steam train and have a scenic ride on it, experience a different era of history at Pump House, and learn about Tatanka, where a bronze sculpture of bison and Native American hunters commissioned by Kevin Costner. People can visit Native American and Western history at the Days of ’76 Museums. Also, there is the world’s largest slot machine at Bodega Casino and the historic Saloon No. 10, where you can see a re-creation of the shooting of Wild Bil. The show runs several times a day.
This combination makes for an exciting place to visit and it is good for a one day trip.
Travel time from Keystone: 1 hour
Travel time from Rapid City: 45 min
Bear Country USA, Family Fun Adventure
13820 US-16, Rapid City, SD
Bear Country USA is the largest collection of privately owned black bears in the world.
From your vehicle, you can observe black bears, elk, mountain lions, buffalo, reindeer and other wildlife.
These rates are per person in the vehicle, if the amount hits our Maximum per vehicle then you only pay that Maximum.
$15 children 5-12
Free childre under 5
$75 maximum per vehicle
Travel time from Keystone: 15 min
Travel time from Rapid City: 12 min