The Black Hills: Those who live here get it. Those who visit wonder why they don’t live here. Here are just 13 of the things that make Rapid City and the Black Hills a great place to visit, and an even greater place to call home, as compiled by our friends at RapidDevelopment.com.
• Five National Parks in close proximity: Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Devil’s Tower
• Western South Dakota’s largest shopping hub specialty shops, boutiques, and antiques stores. Downtown Rapid City’s business district contains some 400 businesses.
• 75 hotels/motels with 5,000+ available rooms and six convention properties. Listings: visitrapidcity.com
• 17 area golf courses, 2 indoor tennis facilities in town
• 14 mountain lakes, more than 300 miles of streams and reservoirs for water sports and fishing
• 400 miles of nature walks and hiking systems in the Black Hills alone
• Rapid City Bike Path crosses the city from east to west with 13.5 miles along Rapid Creek
• Mountain Biking trails five minutes from downtown plus hundreds of miles of wooded single track and the famous Mickelson Trail for easy cruising the entire length of the Black Hills
• Rock Climbing routes that are world-renowned from the Cathedral Spires, the Needles, and Devils Tower
• Two area Ski Resorts that boast deep snow and 1000’ vertical drop
• Hundreds of miles of Snowmobile Trails and offroading opportunities
• Hunting Areas including 2 million acres of public land in the Black Hills
• Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is a modern facility for conventions, entertainment and athletic events. Complete convention complex includes an 11,500 seat arena, 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, 1,774 seat theater, meeting rooms and catering facilities, conveniently located in downtown Rapid City.