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Known for its restored gaming halls and old gold mines, historic buildings, re-enactments and shootouts, and its location close to outdoor recreation areas, Deadwood visitors can enjoy numerous year-round activities.

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  • Book a tour of Deadwood’s historic sites during summer, including cemeteries, gold mines, and restored gaming halls.
  • The multi-use Mickelson Trail offers hiking and biking opportunity in summer, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunity in winter.
  • ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts will find plenty of accessible road and trails surrounding Deadwood.

Located just 50 miles from Mount Rushmore, Deadwood offers year-round activities as diverse as the characters that used to inhabit the town during the gold rush era. Be sure to sample some of the following activities and attractions:


Hiking / Biking
Jump on the 110-mile George S. Mickelson Trail, running from Deadwood to Edgemont, and enjoy pristine Black Hills scenery as you hike or bike.

The Black Hills is a paradise for ATV enthusiasts, featuring hundreds of miles of accessible roads and trails surrounding Deadwood.

Enjoy a guided tour of Deadwood’s historic sites including the resting place of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane, gold mines, and restored saloons, houses, and gaming facilities, or delight in the drama of an old west shoot-out.

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Head north out of Deadwood and travel through Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway’s narrow gorge bottom lined with forested hills, limestone cliffs and towering canyon walls rising toward the sky.


With most Deadwood gaming halls open year-round, indulge in a game of chance at a poker table, slot machine or in a game of black jack. No luck at the table? Not to worry, most facilities also feature gift shops, lodging and food, guaranteed to provide the pleasures you seek.

With a section of the Mickelson Trail open to snowmobiling between Deadwood and Dumont, and a plethora of other areas open to snowmobiles in Black Hills National Forest, rent a sled and experience this area in all its winter splendor.

Snowshoeing / Cross-Country Skiing
Again, utilize the Mickelson Trail for some snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, or break new trail in Black Hills National Forest and enjoy physical activity in brisk winter air as you explore forest scenery and wildlife.