Area Attractions and Things To Do:
Mt. Roosevelt hike to Friendship Tower
Just a 2 mile drive from the Lodge at Deadwood, Mt. Roosevelt is approximately 5,800 feet high with amazing views of the Black Hills. You can see Bear Butte to the east, Bear Lodge mountains to the Northwest, Terry, Custer and Harney peaks to the south. There is a hiking trail less than a mile in total length that loops back to the parking area and includes picnic tables at the top near Friendship Tower. Built in 1919 by Seth Bullock, Friendship Tower was built in memory of his long-time friend, Teddy Roosevelt.
Tatanka: Story of the Bison is located across Highway 85, only a few hundred feet from the Lodge at Deadwood. This family friendly attraction is open May 15th - September 30th from 9a to 5p. Tatanka features a larger than life bronze sculpture of 14 bison pursued by 3 Native American Horseback riders, a hands-on Interpretive Center, a Native American Gift Shop and snack bar.
Akela Spa of Deadwood - Reconnect with yourself at the Black Hills’ only destination spa, Akela Spa of Deadwood. The luxurious amenities at this one-of-a-kind sanctuary will put your mind and body at ease. Release your tension with one of our many massage options. Enhance your inner beauty with our facials and wide array of salon services, including waxing, manicures and pedicures.
11842 US Hwy 14A Sturgis, SD 57785 (1 mile East of Deadwood)
Days of 76 Museum- the Days of 76 Museum house’s four important collections. The Wagons and Vehicles collection has vintage horse drawn vehicles and the original Deadwood Stagecoach. The Rodeo Collection has many photos, documents and artifacts from the PRCA award winning Days of 76 rodeos. The Clothing Collection is a collection of old pioneers clothing that once was used in the Days of 76 parades but has since been retired and replaced with replicas. The Clowser Collection is a collection from a Deadwood resident, historian, poet, and businessman who spent is life assembling a remarkable collection of 19th century pioneer, cowboy, and American Indian art & artifacts.
Contact: 18 Seventy Six Drive, Deadwood SD 57732
Adams Museum - In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. He donated the building to the City of Deadwood and placed the operation of the organization in the hands of a board of directors. The board oversaw the collecting of some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok, the mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s and a one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile).
Contact: 54 Sherman Street, Deadwood SD 57732
Mickelson Trail- the George S. Mickelson Trail in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills has easy access and gentle slopes to allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where trail use is restricted to the trail only. The trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. The trail surface is primarily crushed limestone and gravel. There are 15 trailheads all of which offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables. Mickelson Trail Pass $3 daily
Contact: 11361 Nevada Gulch Road, Lead SD 57754
Mount Moriah Cemetary - Situated on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch is historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Established in 1878 by the Lawrence County Commission, Mt. Moriah is the final resting place of western legends, murderers, madams, and pillars of Deadwood’s early economic development. A few of the more popular Deadwood Legends include: Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny and Seth Bullock. The cemetery is more than just a graveyard. It offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a Late Victorian cemetery set in the backdrop of the northern Black Hills. The paved roads in the cemetery provide an excellent opportunity to explore the site. Click Here for additional information.
Broken Boot Gold Mine - Step into the Black Hills best underground mine tour and return to a time when the powerful punch of a miner’s pick and the roaring boom of another dynamite blast signaled the ongoing search for the richest veins of gold on Earth. Follow the path of ore cars deep underground into the century-old shafts of the Broken Boot. Walk in the footsteps of thousands of faceless miners who sought their fortunes in the dark and explosive atmosphere of black powder and candlelight.
Contact: Upper Main St, Deadwood SD
Also, check out these great local chambers of commerce:
Deadwood.org - Deadwood, SD
Leadmethere.org - Lead, SD
SturgisAreaChamber.com - Sturgis, SD
Spearfishchamber.org - Speafish, SD
Mount Rushmore photo courtesy of South Dakota Office of Tourism