Established in 1876 during the Black Hills gold rush, the historic town of Deadwood became a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Many have passed through this historic town in search of adventure – a town where outlaws, western legends and madams once gambled and entertained in the town’s saloons. Here you will find history around every corner, walk in the footsteps of local legends at the Old Style Saloon, pan for gold at an authentic gold mine, enjoy a Chuckwagon show, pay your respects at the Victorian cemetery or play poker in historic gambling halls. In August, the nearby town of Sturgis comes alive as half a million motorcycle enthusiasts head to town for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Black Hills of South Dakota
Deadwood is set in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, a sacred land of rich history and heritage, dramatic views on scenic byways through ponderosa covered mountains, national parks, state parks, memorials, monuments and scenic trails through beautiful deep canyons. Canoe the clear blue lakes, rock-climb the steep canyon walls, fish for trout in the gentle streams and explore over 450 miles of wilderness trails by foot, following the historic railroad through the forests on the Mickelson Trail from Deadwood to Edgemont.
As the snow falls, the surrounding mountains turn to a wonderland of winter action. Ski the powder and wide runs of nearby Terry Peak and Ski Mystic. Snowshoe and cross-country ski the many trails through forests and canyons with spectacular summit lookouts and snowmobile on over 350 miles of groomed trails.
National Parks & Monuments
The surrounding Black Hills are home to spectacular parks, monuments and memorials rich in culture and history, a must see for every visitor to Deadwood.
- Mount Rushmore National Monument - “America’s Shrine of Democracy” where the chiselled granite monuments of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt have stood proud since 1941.
- Wind Cave National Park - One of Black Hills most intriguing wonders with over 140 miles of sacred underground passages hidden beneath forests.
- Jewel Cave National Monument - Fragile crystals line the walls of 175 miles of hidden passages and chambers.
- Custer State Park - Follow the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road through one of the US’s largest parks of granite spires, tunnels, emerald forests, wildflower fields and roaming buffalos.
- Crazy Horse Memorial - The world’s largest mountain carving, a tribute to the Great Sioux Nation’s most esteemed leader, Crazy Horse, a true living heritage of the North American Indians.
- Devils Tower National Monument - Our nation’s first national monument, a majestic monolith towering above the grasslands, a sacred place of worship and a rock-climbing challenge for many.
Deadwood - a historic town surrounded by spectacular natural beauty waiting to be explored.