The jagged, tree-covered peaks of the Black Hills rise abruptly from the Great Plains of South Dakota. This rugged mountain oasis has drawn visitors for centuries, from the Native Americans who considered them sacred to the gold miners that illegally settled the infamous Wild West town of Deadwood, and modern visitors who come for Mount Rushmore, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or simply to hike and camp within the stunning wilderness. The Black Hills boast numerous must-see attractions tucked into an area only 120 by 50 miles in size. Just outside of Custer, drive the stunning Needles Scenic Byway to see its iconic rock formations, while the Wind and Jewel Caves offer unique underground adventures. Perhaps most recognizable is Mount Rushmore, the 60-foot sculptures of U.S. presidents on the side of the mountain resides near another massive sculpture, the Crazy Horse Memorial, which has been under construction since 1948, and would be the largest sculpture in the world at 563 feet when finished.
The Black Hills are located primarily in southwest South Dakota, bordered by Spearfish to the north, Hot Springs to the south and Rapid City to the east, though the western edge extends to Carlile, Wyoming.