Dakotas' Hills and Prairies

  • Start: Medora, ND
  • End: Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Last Modified: 2011-11-14 15:24:44
  • Total Mileage: 721 Miles
  • Number of stops: 16


Begin in North Dakota with a visit to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Roosevelt founded the U.S. Forest Service, named 18 national monuments, and established five national parks, 15 wildlife refugees, and thousands of acres of national forests. You may see wild coyote, Rocky Mountain sheep, elk, wild horses, and bison at this park. People hike or horseback ride through backcountry where more than 200 species of birds nest annually. Also visit the southern edge of the park to see White Butte, North Dakota's highest peak at 3,506 feet. In Hill City, South Dakota, visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, a 563-foot-high, 641-foot-long sculpture, roughed out of a mountain. Crazy Horse, an Ogalala Lakota war leader, is most famous for defending an encampment against an ambush by Col. Custer and his troops in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. The sculpted monument of Mount Rushmore, south of Keystone, displays the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. It took 14 years and $990,000 to complete.

Stop #1:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Medora, ND

Stop #2:

Tri-State Memorial Museum
Belle Fourche, SD

Stop #4:

Crazy Horse Memorial
Custer, South Dakota

Stop #5:

Custer County Courthouse Museum
Custer, SD

Stop #6:

Custer State Park Resort
Custer, South Dakota

Stop #7:

Black Hills Playhouse
Custer, SD

Stop #8:

Big Thunder Gold Mine
Keystone, South Dakota

Stop #9:

Borglum Historical Center
Keystone, SD

Stop #10:

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Keystone, South Dakota

Stop #11:

Bear Country USA
Rapid City, South Dakota

Stop #12:

Reptile Gardens
Rapid City, South Dakota

Stop #13:

Chapel in the Hills
Rapid City, South Dakota

Stop #14:

State Fish Hatchery
Waubay, SD

Stop #15:

Story Book Island Park
Rapid City, SD

Stop #16:

Dinosaur Park
Rapid City, South Dakota

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