Activities

The Black Hills region of South Dakota is rich with outdoor beauty, attractions and activities to fill your heart and soul with the purest and most pristine nature the United States has to offer.

Head out hiking to appreciate the mountains and spot hidden nooks, swimming holes, and landmark rock formations in some of the most well protected and scenic areas anywhere.

The breathtaking scenery contributes to many top activities for any vacation adventure to the Black Hills. There’s a massive variety of fishing and hunting opportunities, as you toss your line into fast-running streams weaving and flowing through the cliff sides. Fall hunting for wild turkeys and prairie dogs makes for an unrivaled challenge.

There are plentiful golfing opportunities in the Black Hills area. Take on the challenges of the Boulder Canyon Country Club or check out the acclaimed Golf Club at Red Rock. There is a wide range of different golf courses available to you while staying in one of our Black Hills lodges, from shorter rolling courses to some of the most hazard-filled and challenging 18-hole courses.

The Black Hills is not just a place for enthusiastic golfers and hunters. There are family-friendly activities all around. Big Thunder Gold Mine is a sprawling mine museum showcasing some of the most impressive places where mining historically reinvented the Midwest.

Of course, no visit to South Dakota is complete without a stop at one of the most iconic and impressionable attractions in the country: Mount Rushmore. Walk the trails or explore some kayaking and other water activities near the monument and by nearby Spearfish Canyon.


Winter Activities In The Black Hills

If you’re visiting the Black Hills in the winter, you’re going to experience a truly beautiful winter wonderland. On average, the Black Hills receives around 150 inches of snowfall per year – making it the snowiest place in all of... Read more

Free Attractions in the Black Hills

Story Book Island in Rapid City D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery Spearfish Spearfish Canyon: Bridal Veil Falls, Roughlock Falls and Falls at Savoy Spearfish Canyon: Devils Bathtub Dinosaur Park in Rapid City Shooting of Wild Bill Reenactments in Deadwood Open Cut... Read more

Mickelson Trail

Our Favorite Hiking and Biking Trails

Mickelson Trail: 109 miles with several trailheads. $4/day or $15/annual pass-they can be purchased at the trailheads, online, or at the Deadwood Visitor Center Black Elk Peak/Harney Peak: The highest point in South Dakota known as Harney Peak was renamed... Read more

Our Favorite Attractions

Bear Country USA: Kim’s ” I love to watch the baby bears grow up throughout the summer” Crazy Horse Memorial: Come see the progress, spend the money to go to the top you will not regret it and what a... Read more

Hiking in the Black Hills

Our Favorite Black Hills Hiking and Adventures Information Mickelson Trail: 109 miles with several trailheads $3/daily pass or $15/annual pass Black Elk Peak/Harney Peak: The highest point in South Dakota known as Harney Peak for over 150 years, was renamed... Read more

Executive Lodging - Akela Spa

Akela Spa of Deadwood

For every room booked at Executive Lodging, receive a One Free Pass to Akela Spa of Deadwood (5 bedroom rental will receive 5 passes). Reconnect with yourself at the Black Hills only destination day spa, Akela Spa of Deadwood. Relax... Read more

Unparalleled Skiing at Terry Peak

Black Hills Winter Sports “Delight in a frosty frolic while skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, skating, or ice fishing. With more than 1,500 miles of trails, statewide, we’re one of the nation’s top snowmobiling destinations. South Dakota is... Read more

Mickelson Trail

Mickelson Trail

Mickelson Trail was originally the Burlington Northern Line Railroad that took trains from Edgemont to Deadwood. Starting in Deadwood and ending in Edgemont, the 109-mile trail with most of it not exceeding a 4% grade is primarily crushed limestone and gravel.... Read more

Area Bike Shops/Rentals

Learn more about the 109 mile Mickelson Trail, which features easy access for all ages and abilities. Deadwood Dead Wheels Bike Rentals rents bikes for the Mickelson Trail and exploring Historical Sites in Deadwood. Visit their website to learn more! Deadwood... Read more

Executive Lodging - Black Hills Activities

ATV’s in the Black Hills

Black Hills ATV’sNorthern Hills ATV Map Trail Permits RENTALS Black Hills Off-Road Rentals (South of Deadwood off Hwy 385) 605-584-4777 Black Hills ATV Rentals (South of Deadwood on Hwy 385) 605-584-1700 Mad Mountain Rentals (South of Deadwood on Hwy 385)... Read more