The Mount Rushmore area is one of the best places to explore the natural beauties of this magnificent country, and while most people travel to the area to see Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, and the Crazy Horse Memorial, there are lots of other attractions you should visit when you’re in the area!
As the third longest cave in the world, the Jewel Cave is the most popular cave in the Black Hills area, and many tours offered go through this amazing National Monument. Established as a Monument in 1908, the cave gets its name from the illumination of the beautiful calcite crystals inside. In the firelight, the crystals dance and sparkle before your eyes. There is a wide variety of formations in the cave, including stalactites, stalagmites, and so much more!
As the nation’s seventh National Park and the first of those to be designated as such because of a cave on the property, Wind Cave National Park is considered to be a “maze cave” with many twists and turns, and the cave is legendary for its boxwork formations caused by erosion. The discoverers found the cave when they heard the rushing sound of air moving through the cave from a small hole in the ground, and that wind is characteristic of the cave and the reason for its name. The Sioux even considered the cave to be sacred.
Explore the 71,000 acres of wildlife history and fun that is Custer State Park, and experience opportunities for enjoying the peace of nature, seeing the buffalo roam, rock climbing, horseback riding, and even mountain biking! Walk the banks of French Creek, where Custer’s expedition first discovered golf in 1874. You can meet all kinds of wildlife, including buffalo, mountain goats, pronghorn antelopes, big horn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and burros that have been known to graze through the park.