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. Western South Dakota offers a captivating blend of rugged landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the majestic peaks of the Black Hills to the sprawling plains of the Badlands, this region beckons adventurers and explorers alike.

Discover the iconic Mount Rushmore, where the faces of four American presidents are etched into the granite cliffs, or journey through the otherworldly terrain of Badlands National Park, where dramatic rock formations and fossil beds tell tales of ancient creatures.

Delve into the storied past of the Wild West at historic towns like Deadwood and Lead, where legends of gold rushes and outlaws come to life. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a scenic drive through the heart of the Great Plains, Western South Dakota offers endless opportunities for discovery and inspiration.

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.

Black Hills Cabins & Motel at Quail’s Crossing

Black Hills Cabins & Motel at Quail’s Crossing

Hill City

Historic Pams Purple Door

Historic Pams Purple Door

Deadwood

Bear Butte State Park

Bear Butte State Park

Butch Cassisdy & Sundance Kid Luxury Suites

Butch Cassisdy & Sundance Kid Luxury Suites

Deadwood

Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn by Marriott

Rapid City

Delmonico Grill

Delmonico Grill

Rapid City

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC)

Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC)

Deadwood

Pringle Mercantile

Pringle Mercantile

Pringle

Wild Magnolia Coffee Bar & Eatery

Wild Magnolia Coffee Bar & Eatery

Belle Fourche

Sleep Inn and Suites Rapid City

Sleep Inn and Suites Rapid City

Rapid City

Broken Arrow Trading Company Inc.

Broken Arrow Trading Company Inc.

Keystone

Dakota Lodge

Dakota Lodge

Lemmon

Red Canyon Lodge B&B

Red Canyon Lodge B&B

Hermosa

Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce

Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce

Wall

AmericInn by Wyndham Rapid City

AmericInn by Wyndham Rapid City

Rapid City

Ruby House

Ruby House

Keystone

Great Faces. Great Places.

South Dakota is an incredibly unique state in that each region offers a completely different experience then the others. Check out each of the regions to see what each has to offer!

Badlands

Western South Dakota

Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.

CENTRAL REGION

This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US. 

Eastern Region

The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.