Keystone is more than a great basecamp for exploring the Black Hills. This little city at the foot of Mount Rushmore is packed with big adventures in its own right. We have roller coasters and zip lines, helicopter rides and excursion trains, gold mine tours and cave exploration -- right here in Keystone. You’ll also find a great variety of good restaurants, small shops and galleries.
Here are some of the highlights:
Rush Mountain Adventure Park/Rushmore Cave
Explore the stalactite-filled caverns in Rushmore Cave. Hang on tight when you ride Rushmore Mountain Coaster, and discover the sensation of flying over treetops on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride.
National Presidential Wax Museum
Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore, you can gain insight into our nation's democracy through 96 life-size, realistic wax figures depicting our nation’s leaders in dramatic historical settings.
Travel back in time aboard the 1880 Train. It's historic, it's authentic, and it's fun. Travel through the Black Hills from Keystone to Hill City and back again. The depot is in the heart of downtown Keystone.
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Cruise the 2,000-ft. Alpine Slide, take a ride on the 800-foot zip line, challenge yourself in the Aerial Adventure Park or ride the chairlift to the hilltop Garden Cafe with view of Mount Rushmore.
Keystone Historical Museum
Experience life during the 1890s in this restored Victorian schoolhouse. You’ll see Keystone’s mining heritage, the making of Keystone and the collectibles of Carrie Ingalls of "Little House on the Prairie" fame.
Holy Terror Mini Golf
This 18-hole mini golf course rises up a 50-foot hillside, then descends back down the slope. The 1st and 18th holes have a gold mining display with rushing water that flows over a waterwheel.
Big Thunder Gold Mine
It’s the most complete historical mining experience in the Black Hills. You can tour an original underground mine and pick up a free gold ore sample. Pan for gold either in a creek on a claim or onsite.
Rushmore Helicopters offers tour packages that can include aerial views of Rushmore, Black Elk Peak, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Cathedral Spires and Needles Highway.