Top 9 Budget-friendly Things to do in Keystone, South Dakota (SD)

September 15, 2021 Cedrick Jardin

Keystone is a town in the Black Hills region of Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 337 at the 2010 census. It had its origins in 1883 as a mining town, and has since transformed itself into a resort town, serving the needs of the millions of visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which is located just beyond city limits.
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1. Black Hills Helicopters

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Black Hills Helicopters

Black Hills Helicopters, Inc. offers helicopter tours of the unique geological outcropping that is the Black Hills of South Dakota. This geological anomaly made for the perfect location to create some of the world's largest rock sculptures; Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Take a few minutes to see a different perspective and experience the unforgettable sensation of helicopter flight and the vertical world. Veteran Owned and Operated. Black Hills Helicopters has the best maintained helicopters and the most experienced pilots at the controls, giving full narratives of the area's rich history and geology. (Summer Extra-Credits Available upon request)

2. Presidential Trail

Keystone, SD +1 605-574-2523 http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
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Presidential Trail

Hiking trail at Mount Rushmore.

Reviewed By bhamjeep - Calgary, Canada

Great .8 mile trail around Mount Rushmore. You can get very close to the memorial to get great pictures. The trail is paved and part way wheelchair accessible. I recommend doing the audio tour which gives a lot of insight into the history of the memorial and the people involved with it.

3. Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD +1 605-666-4847 [email protected] http://www.bigthundermine.com
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Big Thunder Gold Mine

Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and was founded in 1892. You see the largest display of mining equipment in the Black Hills and learn the history of the gold rush in 1876. We have two forms of panning: one is our commercial panning right on site. Guides will demonstrate theskill of panning, no time limit and we guarentee you will find gold. We also have claim panning where you will pan directly our of the creek 4 miles down the road on Forest Service property. Those exist in 4 hour trips.

Reviewed By bgadams - Henderson, United States

The claim mining experience is on a real mining claim. We shoveled dirt from the claim, created sludge for mining, and finally ran it thru a sluice. Trenton was a great guide.... extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with anything we needed help with. He even helped shovel more dirt for us as that was the most strenuous part of the whole experience. We even found a few small flakes of gold!

4. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Hwy 244, Keystone, SD 57751-4403 +1 605-574-2523 http://www.nps.gov/Moru/index.htm
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4.5 based on 11,337 reviews

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created this famous mountainside carving of the visages of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Reviewed By tirana2015 - Miami, United States

Always near the top of my bucket list, it was truly an awe inspiring experience walking down the avenue of flags of the states and getting to view Mount Rushmore. A must see for any American or even any fan of history and art. The carved out heads are larger than life and truly spectacular. I highly recommend hiking the half mile presidential trail loop as it offers glimpses of the presidents from different angles and provides some information about the presidents as well.

5. Horse Thief Lake

Black Hills National Forest Hwy 385 South, Keystone, SD +1 605-574-4402 http://recreation.gov
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Horse Thief Lake

Reviewed By MPrize10 - Topeka, United States

Stopped by after a trip to Mount Rushmore and witnessed the most gorgeous views of this beautiful lake!

6. Keystone Historical Museum

410 3rd Street, Keystone, SD 57751 +1 605-666-4494 [email protected] http://www.keystonehistory.com
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Keystone Historical Museum

The museum is located in the old Keystone School. The school was built in 1899. Keystone is home to Carrie Ingalls Swazney. Carrie is Laura Ingalls Wilder's little sister. The museum has many artifacts from the Ingalls family. The museum also has local, mining, and Mount Rushmore history. Upstairs there are two classrooms for the children as well as adults to experience what school was like many, many years ago. The museum is free, but we do take "milk money" donations.

Reviewed By taraamymathur

We loved our visit to the Keystone Historical Museum. A great stop not just for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans but filled with lots of lovely, local history. The docent was so so knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend!

7. Halley's 1880 Store

501 1st St, Keystone, SD 57751-2003 +1 605-877-5347 http://halleys1880.weebly.com/
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Halley's 1880 Store

8. Gutzon Borglum Historical Center

342 Winter St, Keystone, SD 57751-2036 +1 800-888-4369 http://www.rushmoreborglum.com
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Gutzon Borglum Historical Center

Reviewed By fenleft

Since the visitor's center at Mt. Rushmore was closed for construction, we went here before we went to Mt. Rushmore. It provided all the background information we needed to enjoy and appreciate the carvings when we got there.

9. National Presidential Wax Museum

609 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751 +1 605-666-4455 [email protected] http://www.presidentialwaxmuseum.com/
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National Presidential Wax Museum

Located only minutes from Mount Rushmore in the town of Keystone in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the National Presidential Wax Museum is an exciting patriotic experience for the whole family. Meet over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 45 U.S. presidents, all depicted in stunning visual recreations of iconic moments in U.S. presidential history. Explore the stories behind the faces with a self-guided audio tour narrating the context and history of each scene. Witness the intricacies of the wax sculpture process with a seven-minute theater video showcasing the museum’s ten artists as they create America’s leaders out of wax and bring a vision to reality. Play the part of the White House press secretary and give a speech from a teleprompter podium in a spot-on recreation of the White House press briefing room! The National Presidential Wax Museum also boasts a huge gift shop filled with unique and quirky gifts that can’t be found anywhere else in the Black Hills.

Reviewed By gypsygirl2028 - Johnstown, United States

We really enjoyed this museum. It took us over an hour listening to the audio tour. The tour was full of great information and unique facts about each president! I wish the Presidents were in order as you tour, this would be my only recommendation. Otherwise if you like history you’ll enjoy the tour with the audio phone! Younger kids under 10 probably won’t enjoy this attraction.

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