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Outdoor patio setting with fire pit at dusk at Rafter J Bar Resort

Experience Mt. Rushmore in Style: Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort

RAFTER J BAR RANCH IS ONLY 8 MILES FROM MT RUSHMORE Rafter J Bar Ranch, located near the west entrance to Mt. Rushmore, Junction 16/385 & SD 244, is the perfect headquarters for a wonderful Black Hills South Dakota vacation. It’s a few minutes away from Mt. Rushmore (only 8 miles!), Crazy Horse Memorial, 1880’s

Hill City, South Dakota: The Heart of the Black Hills

The Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota is bursting with incredible natural attractions, surreal geological formations, historic Wild West-flavored townships and major All-American attractions. Sitting at the center of it all is humble Hill City, a tiny gold rush-era community that’s home to fewer than 1,000 year-round residents. At first glance, Hill City

Wind Cave National Park

For generations, Indians told stories about a mysterious hole in the sacred Black Hills that blows wind. They believed that this was where humans first emerged from the underworld where they lived before the creation of the world. Tipi rings near the cave’s natural entrance indicate that they knew the place we now call Wind

Experience Sacred Ground in South Dakota's Black Hills

The southwest corner of South Dakota is packed with significant cultural and historic sites. The Black Hills have long been a sacred area for many Native American tribes. When gold was discovered there in 1874, the onslaught of white settlement created cultural upheaval and violent conflict for both groups. General Info: Near the Black Hills