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  • Rapid City: Private Black Hills Monuments Full-Day Tour

    1. Rapid City: Private Black Hills Monuments Full-Day Tour

    Enjoy a day of sightseeing on this all-inclusive private tour of the main sights of Black Hills. After a convenient pickup from your hotel, travel to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Monument, where you will spend some time hiking. Learn about how the monument came into existence. Next, travel to Crazy Horse Memorial, where you will learn about one of the most important historical figures in the history of South Dakota. Finally, explore the beautiful Custer State Park. See wildlife at incredibly close proximity and enjoy the local flora.

    Denny, our guide, was awesome. He got my 2 kids and I around to all the hot spots with great efficiency. Worked out great!!

  • From Rapid City: Private Devils Tower Tour and Hike

    2. From Rapid City: Private Devils Tower Tour and Hike

    Discover the diversity of South Dakota's natural monuments on this day trip to Devils Tower. Departing from your hotel in Rapid City or Spearfish, enjoy the ride to Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Once there, get the opportunity to hike around this natural wonder. While hiking, learn more about Devil Tower's incredible Native American history, and what makes it so unique, from your tour guide. Admire local fauna and flora and witness panoramic views. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice and get the chance to sample some local cuisine before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

  • 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: Custer State Park Private Safari and Hiking

    4. 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.

  • Black Hills: Private Tour of Mt. Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike

    5. Black Hills: Private Tour of Mt. Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike

    Go on this full-day private tour and explore two famous landmarks of the Black Hills. Enjoy a convenient pick-up from Rapid City, Custer or Hill City and spend your morning learning in-depth details of Mount Rushmore, the Shrine of Democracy, and how the Monument came to fruition. Take great pictures and admire the panoramic views.  Savor a delicious lunch at a location of your choice and spend the rest of the day hiking the Flume Trail which runs downhill from Sheridan Lake Dam to the old gold-mining town of Rockerville.  Hike 3-miles while enjoying the local flora and wildlife. The Flume Trail follows the historic Rockerville Flume, an 1880's gold-rush era water channel used to transport gold.  Listen to the stories your knowledgeable guide can share and learn about the rare history of the Black Hills, the Flume Trail, and the mining boom of the 1880s.  See historic remnants along...

    Excellent! Collected from accommodation and had private all day tour. Guide was wonderful (Karen), informative and fun to be with. Not knowing the area meant we would not have felt comfortable taking a hike alone so this made it a great option to see beyond the normal tourist route. Would highly recommend.

  • Buffalo Jeep Safari & Mammoth Site Tour

    6. 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.

  • Rapid City: Badlands National Park Bike Tour with Lunch

    7. Rapid City: Badlands National Park Bike Tour with Lunch

    Join a bike tour of Badlands National Park. Cycle around the park and learn its history from your experienced guide. Admire the spectacular scenery and wildlife as you pedal. Meet your guide in the parking lot. Get kitted out with a bicycle and helmet before embarking on a moderate 30-mile cycle along the Badlands Loop Road. Enjoy a breathtaking ride with only a couple of short steep hills. Learn how the Badlands were formed over millions of years, from an underwater world to a lush forest to the windswept land you see today. Spot wildlife. Pedal through the heart of the pinnacles and lower shale formations to the other end of the northern segment of Badlands National Park, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. After the ride, you can head back to Rapid City or visit a couple of other sites, such as the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Wall Drug, or Sheep Table overlook, that l...

  • From Rapid City: Private Spearfish Canyon Tour

    8. 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.

  • Pactola Lake: Private Kayak or Paddleboard Experience

    9. Pactola Lake: Private Kayak or Paddleboard Experience

    Start your day with a convenient pickup from your hotel and enjoy a short ride to Pactola Lake, the largest reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Be amazed by the stunning views. Choose whether to try a stand-up paddleboard or a kayak and enjoy your private guided adventure on the lake. Learn about the fascinating history of how the lake came to exist in western South Dakota. Spend the day taking in exquisite views of the best flora and fauna South Dakota has to offer. All five of your senses will be invigorated while on the lake. Enjoy lunch at a location of your choice. There are many locations to choose from and suggestions are available upon request.

  • Mickelson Trail: 20-Mile Private Bicycle Tour

    10. Mickelson Trail: 20-Mile Private Bicycle Tour

    Witness sights in the Black Hills few people have the opportunity to see on a private bicycle tour. The Mickelson Trail extends from Edgemont, South Dakota to Deadwood, South Dakota consisting of 109 miles (175 km) with 15 trailheads.  Have the flexibility to choose where to start on the trail. Cruise through the moderate 20-mile (32 km) portion as you travel through two tunnels and over a historic railroad bridge.  Bike through the breathtaking Black Hills on your choice of a mountain bike or comfort bike. Whether you are a bike enthusiast or the average traveler, the trail is easily manageable for the entire family.

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4.9 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Excellent! Collected from accommodation and had private all day tour. Guide was wonderful (Karen), informative and fun to be with. Not knowing the area meant we would not have felt comfortable taking a hike alone so this made it a great option to see beyond the normal tourist route. Would highly recommend.

Denny, our guide, was awesome. He got my 2 kids and I around to all the hot spots with great efficiency. Worked out great!!

Chris was very knowledgeable and personable. Having someone do the driving and explaining while you just look was great.