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Our most recommended Rapid City Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Rapid City: Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Full-Day Tour

1. Rapid City: Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Full-Day Tour

Head out on an 8-hour, all-inclusive tour of the Black Hills of South Dakota. On this tour, you will depart from Rapid City and travel to Custer State Park, while exploring the top attractions along the way. As you make your way through the Black Hills, your driver/guide will provide interesting commentary, answer questions and provide you with information of what to do and see at your attraction stops. Your first destination will be Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Explore the world-famous memorial depicting four of the most prominent presidents of the first 150 years of the United States – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson. Next, you will discover the 8th wonder of the world at Crazy Horse Memorial. It is the world’s largest mountain carving and is a memorial to all Native American tribes.  Lastly, travel into Custer State Park. It is known for its bison herds and other wildlife. Take in the scenery and marvel at the beauty of the Iron Mountain Road, which climbs 17 miles to the entrance of Mount Rushmore. You will wind over unique wooden bridges known as the pigtails. 

Buffalo Jeep Safari & Mammoth Site Tour

2. Buffalo Jeep Safari & Mammoth Site Tour

Get up close and personal with roaming buffalo, deer, and feed the wild donkeys at Custer State Park. Once in the park, board an open-air Jeep and explore the beauty the park has to offer with your guide. Make sure to bring healthy snacks for the wild donkeys and you will have them eating out of the palm of your hands. Next, travel to Hot Springs to get a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the Mammoth Site. While at this active Paleontological dig site, view fossils from the ice age. Enjoy an interactive learning experience that includes a botany and geological walkway.

Badlands National Park Private Tour

3. Badlands National Park Private Tour

Enjoy a private tour for a unique glimpse into the unique beauty of the Badlands National Park. Learn about the history of the area and spend the day discovering the rare geology of the Badlands. After being picked up, take a short drive to the quaint town of Wall to explore and uncover why Wall Drug is so legendary throughout the world. Next, travel into the Badlands National Park to admire some of the rarest and most incredible geological formations in South Dakota. Enjoy a few moderate hikes around the Badlands and with some luck see some local wildlife up close. Lastly, visit the town of Scenic, a ghost town with a great history, which your guide will tell you all about. On your way there, see the Minuteman Missile Site.

From Rapid City: Private Spearfish Canyon Tour

4. From Rapid City: Private Spearfish Canyon Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning and travel to Spearfish Canyon. Journey along the winding road up the canyon and marvel at the beauty of the Black Hills. Arrive at Spearfish Canyon where you will see breathtaking limestone palisades of a creek-carved gorge more ancient than the Grand Canyon. With your guide, choose from different hiking options suited to all levels of ability and experience. Discover incredible waterfalls, scenery, wildlife, and plant life. Enjoy some lunch at a location of your choosing. After your day of exploration, be returned to your accommodation back in Rapid City.

From Rapid City: Custer State Park Private Safari and Hiking

5. From Rapid City: Custer State Park Private Safari and Hiking

Enjoy a private full-day tour from Rapid City or Hill City to the beautiful Custer State Park. Custer is South Dakota's largest state park, famous for its bison herds, antelope, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, coyotes, elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife. Custer State Park is regularly named as one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. Once at the park, join an open-air jeep safari tour to get up close and personal with roaming buffalo and other wildlife. You will have an opportunity to get out and feed the burros. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will be able to hike some of the most beautiful trails located in the park. Lunch will be enjoyed at the historic Custer State Game Lodge, or another location of your choice.

Rapid City: Badlands National Park Tour with Museum Ticket

6. Rapid City: Badlands National Park Tour with Museum Ticket

Travel to Badlands National Park and explore this spectacular terrain on a full-day guided tour. Catch a glimpse of America's nuclear arsenal during the Cold War and learn about its history with your expert guide. Take a step back in time and discover Badlands National Park. Imagine an underwater world forming into a lush forest and then into the rugged water and windswept land it is today. See the wildlife that lives here today and discover the amazing life and unimaginable animals that once called this land home. Follow on to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and relive America’s Cold War history. Stop at the Delta 09 Missile Site and continue to the Visitor’s Center. Finally, ending the tour is a stop at Wall Drug, the world-famous roadside stop just outside of the Badlands. Finish the day at Wall Drug with time for shopping for some souvenirs and fresh donuts.

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What people are saying about Rapid City

We loved the bus tour. We had 2 adults and 3 kids under 16 and we all thought it was a great way to see Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Black Hills. Our driver Bruce was so informative about everything that we all learned a lot from him, plus he had a great since of humor. We had been there 3 times before and I feel like I learned a lot of new things from our tour.

We had a great time on the tour. Bruce, our bus driver, was very informative and has a great sense of humor. We learned a lot about Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the Black Hills. I am very amazed that he could drive the bus through the needle points and the pig tail road. We had a very stress free and relaxing tour.

Marsha, our guide and driver, was excellent. She was so friendly and helpful, full of great information that helped us decide what other places we wanted to visit the following days. Taking the tour our first full day turned out to be a great decision. Well worth the money!!!

Neil was an amazing bus driver / guide. He provided very good narration and helped us with pointers at each destination.

Our guide Kevin was knowledgeable, friendly & accomadating.