Western Region

 

Commonly referred to as the Black Hills, South Dakota’s Western Region features many well known attractions including Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Crazy Horse, Sturgis Rally and so much more.

Mount Rushmore

Each year, more than 3 million travelers visit South Dakota’s top attraction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota. The majestic granite sculpture of Mount Rushmore commemorates four powerful presidents who helped shape our nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

The Badlands

One of the most popular attractions in western South Dakota, the Badlands National Park provides its visitors dazzling views of beautiful, striking rock-like formations. The buttes, pinnacles, and spires formed by winds and glacial erosion more than 35 million years ago enchant the over one million annual visitors to The Badlands National Park.

South Dakota’s western region is a stark contrast to the eastern & central regions of the state. It has some of the most well-known attractions in the state, including Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills.  If you’re not drawn to the western region for these, you will be drawn by its rugged beauty and adventurous spirit.

When planning your trip to this region of the state, we definitely recommend you visit all the top attractions if time allows. Attractions such as Mount Rushmore, the Badlands & Crazy Horse and many more.

However, the Black Hills area offers endless options for fun. Due to the vast amount of adventures available you will never have the same trip twice!

Check out some of the popular things to do below. 

Popular Cities in the Region

Find Things to do in Western South Dakota

The Western Region in South Dakota features millions of travelers every year. Whether you are looking for something to do, a place to stay, an attraction, outdoor activities, or a nearby restaurant there are endless opportunities in the region. Take a peak at some of the many area hotspots below.

Jewel Cave National Monument

Jewel Cave National Monument

Black Hills Dakota Distillery

Black Hills Dakota Distillery

Black Forest Inn Bed & Breakfast

Black Forest Inn Bed & Breakfast

Rushmore View RV Campground

Rushmore View RV Campground

Willow Springs Cabins

Willow Springs Cabins

Rush Mountain Adventure Park, Home of Rushmore Cave

Rush Mountain Adventure Park, Home of Rushmore Cave

Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park

Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park

Museum of Geology

Museum of Geology

Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center

Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch

Ghost Canyon Dude Ranch

Trailshead Lodge

Trailshead Lodge

Dakotah Steakhouse

Dakotah Steakhouse

Black Hills Reptile Gardens

Black Hills Reptile Gardens

High Plains Western Heritage Center

High Plains Western Heritage Center

Econo Lodge

Econo Lodge

Belvidere East / Exit 170 KOA

Belvidere East / Exit 170 KOA

Black Hills Helicopters

Black Hills Helicopters

REDwater Kitchen

REDwater Kitchen

HOTELS / Lodging

South Dakota is loaded with excellent hotels, bed & breakfasts, camping and cabin rentals throughout the state. Here are some popular hotels located in the popular Rapid City/Deadwood areas.