Containing the worlds richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old, the evolutionary stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros arise from the 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets, and swift fox roam one of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United States.
Your Black Hills vacation starts here! The Journey Museum & Learning Center brings together geology, paleontology, archaeology, Sioux Indian culture, and pioneer history into one engaging experience that your whole family can enjoy. Spend your time learning and playing together while digging for dinosaur bones in our Paleontology Tent, discovering something new in our Learning Lab, enjoying a film in our Wells Fargo Theater, or taking a real-time trip through space to see the planets, constellations and more with our NASA supported Uniview Digital Universe Planetarium Program. There's something for all, whether you're 2 or 102. We believe that the family that learns together, grows together. (less)... Read more
Rapid City makes the perfect base for explorations and Doing Big Things. With several national parks, monuments and memorials as well as a host of state parks all within a one-hour drive, Rapid City offers a contemporary vibe and a rich cultural heritage experience. Downtown Rapid City and Main Street Square offer added urban pleasures as well as a vibrant arts and culture scene, great local restaurants and an assortment of boutiques and gift shops all surrounded by the City of Presidents.
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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Free Admission and Special Events at National Parks