Small and welcoming towns are peppered throughout the Black Hills of South Dakota. The closest large city and nearest airport is Rapid City, under an hour drive from the heart of the Black Hills.
Custer City, South Dakota can be found approximately 42 miles southwest of Rapid City. Established in 1875, Custer City, South Dakota is the oldest city in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. This small community has a unique setting – surrounded by thick forests of Ponderosa Pine, the city also contains outcroppings of granite stone.
Deadwood, South Dakota is known for its museums, restored gambling halls, historic buildings, and old gold mines. Deadwood, SD is located in the northern Black Hills area, along the junction of HWY 85 and HWY 14A.
Hill City can be found along Highway 16, just 27 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota. Located nearly in the center of the Black Hills Region and nearly in the center of the attractions of the Black Hills, Hill City bills itself as the “Heart of the Hills”.
With a population of roughly 4,500, Hot Springs is one of the larger, small towns that lie close to the Black Hills. As the name implies, the town is home to natural hot springs combined with pleasant year round weather and surrounded by great scenic beauty.
If you’re headed to Mount Rushmore, you’re headed to Keystone, SD. Located only 2 miles from the famous icon, Keystone is in the heart of the Black Hills region.
Rich in natural beauty and history, Lead, South Dakota has interesting attractions both right in town and in the surrounding area. Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore National Monument are only a little over an hour from Lead on south Hwy 385.
Newcastle is a small community bordering both the prairie grasses of the high plains and the mountains and valleys of the Black Hills. Newcastle is a great small town from which to wagon wheel out to see all the sights and sounds of the prairies and the mountains.
Rapid City, South Dakota is located in the eastern foothills of the Black Hills, off US Interstate 90. This larger city acts as a gateway to the Black Hills, offering visitors museums, monuments, and guided tours, plus close proximity to National and State Parks.
Spearfish, SD is located 10 minutes from the Wyoming border, off US I-90, in the northern Black Hills region, just a few minutes away from the Rapid City regional airport. This community acts as a gateway for many visitors who fly in to explore the Black Hills Region.
Sturgis is located in the northern Black Hills area, just off Interstate 90, exits 30 and 32. This town of 7,000 residents plays host to a half million people every August during its annual motorcycle gathering. While best known for its rally, a range of other attractions and activities are located in and around Sturgis.