Things To Do

Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Deadwood brings ample opportunities for outdoor adventure, fine entertainment, and historical exploration. The question is: Will you have enough time to see it all? 

We’ve highlighted popular things to do in the area, along with some of the Lodge at Deadwood staffs' personal favorites. Stay at the Lodge at Deadwood Hotel, and receive complimentary trolley service to many of these attractions.

Mt. Roosevelt hike to Friendship Tower


Just a two-mile drive from the Lodge at Deadwood, Mt. Roosevelt is approximately 5,800 feet high, offering amazing views of the Black Hills. In 1919 Seth Bullock built Friendship Tower in memory of his long-time friend, Teddy Roosevelt. You’ll see Bear Butte to the east, Bear Lodge mountains to the northwest, and Terry, Custer, and Harney peaks to the south. While there, hike the mile-long trail that loops back to the parking and picnic area. 

Tatanka: Story of the Bison


Tatanka: Story of the Bison is just across Highway 85, only a few hundred feet from the Lodge at Deadwood. This family friendly attraction is open May 15 through September 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tatanka features a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of 14 bison pursued by three Native American Horseback riders, a hands-on Interpretive Center, and a Native American gift shop and snack bar. 

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives


D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives welcomes visitors to the historic hatchery and museum for an educational closeup view of the fish production process. The museum brings this educational experience to life for over 150,000 visitors annually.

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame


As the central and primary location for the annual Sturgis Rally, the corner of Junction and Main in downtown Sturgis may very well be the most prominent and legendary intersection in the motorcycling world. You'll find the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's 7,000+ square foot space of curated galleries, a gift shop, administrative offices, and more.

Days of ‘76 Museum


Visit the Days of ‘76 Museum to experience four distinct historical collections providing a glimpse into Deadwood’s past. The Wagons and Vehicles collection features vintage horse-drawn vehicles and the original Deadwood Stagecoach. The Rodeo Collection contains photos, documents, and artifacts from the PRCA award-winning Days of ‘76 rodeos. The Clothing Collection is home to old pioneer clothing once used in the Days of ‘76 parades, but has since been retired and replaced with replicas. The Clowser Collection is from a Deadwood resident, historian, poet, and businessman who spent his life assembling a remarkable collection of 19th-century pioneer, cowboy, and American Indian art and artifacts. 

Adams Museum


In 1930, pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in downtown Deadwood. He wished to preserve the history of the Black Hills. View some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures, including Potato Creek Johnny’s gold nugget, 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).

Mickelson Trail


People of all ages and abilities can enjoy nature’s wonder at George S. Mickelson Trail. The George S. Mickelson Trail is located in the heart of the Black Hills, is easy to access, and has gentle slopes. This limestone and gravel trail is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four rock tunnels. All 15 trailheads offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations (daily passes are $3), vault toilets, and tables.  

Mount Moriah Cemetery


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. Experience a Late Victorian cemetery set in the backdrop of the northern Black Hills. Paved roads make it easy to explore the area.

Broken Boot Gold Mine


Step into the Black Hills’ best underground mine tour. You’ll return to a time when the powerful punch of a miner’s pick and the roaring boom of dynamite signaled the ongoing search for the richest deposits 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 a dark atmosphere of black powder and candlelight.

Spearfish Canyon Tours


Spearfish Canyon is one of America’s most scenic routes. Each year, one million people make the 17-mile drive between Cheyenne Crossing and the town of Spearfish. It’s a favorite place for many to drive, hike, and explore. Spearfish Canyon Tours’ knowledgeable and friendly guides share all the must-knows about Spearfish and Spearfish Canyon during each two-hour tour. Visit Spearfish Canyon Tours to book your tour.

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.

Reptile Gardens


Visit the largest reptile zoo in the world. Founded in 1937 by Earl Brockelsby, Reptile Gardens has grown to be one of the most popular South Dakota attractions. Stroll through the garden oasis of colorful flowers, lush vegetation, and well-manicured lawns. You may also enjoy a chance encounter with a rare Komodo dragon and notorious saltwater crocodiles. Reptile Gardens also has a legendary collection of venomous snakes. You can even pet the Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises or watch the alligators and crocodiles show. 

Bear Country U.S.A.


With over 200 acres amidst towering pines and along rolling meadows, Bear Country U.S.A. offers intimate views of many North American mammals. Take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, pronghorn, and buffalo. Bear Country is only 8 miles south of Rapid City.

Crazy Horse Memorial


A popular destination for people of all ages, the Crazy Horse Memorial offers an amazing view. Your admission includes: several museums, historic video, model and carving in progress, the Native American Education and Cultural Center, Korczak's studio-home and workshop, artwork, antiques, American Indian dance performances, and a nightly laser light show at 9 p.m. 

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial


Nearly three million people visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial each year. Marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills and learn about the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face-to-face with the rich heritage we all share.

Learn more about area activities.

You can also contact the Lodge at Deadwood to learn more about specific tours and get directions. Or check out these local chamber of commerce websites. 

Deadwood, SD
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Sturgis, SD
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