Situated in the center of everything that the Black Hills has to offer including Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse

Come see the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and the world renowned Mount Rushmore National Monument. The Grand Gateway Hotel proudly calls the Black Hills home, and they are ready to help you discover all there is to do near its centrally located hotel.

Western South Dakota is full of natural wonders, history, caves, wildlife, outdoor adventures and Native American culture. There is so much to do within a short drive of our centrally located Rapid City hotel that many of our guests have said they wish they could stay longer and plan on coming back as soon as they can.  

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK - Learn about the park's history and wildlife and discover scenic hiking trails.

Biking - Biking is allowed only on established roads. Bikes are NOT allowed on trails, boardwalks or crosscountry.

Climbing - Climbing is permitted in Badlands National Park. Climbing buttes and rock formations is allowed but can be dangerous due to loose, crumbly rock. Be careful!

Horseback Riding - Horseback riding is allowed anywhere in the park except on marked trails, roads or in developed areas. An area in Sage Creek Campground has been designated for horses. Inquire at the visitor center for more information on horse use at Badlands.

DEVILS TOWER - President Roosevelt established it as the first National Monument in the U.S. and it is only 1 hour 45 minutes from the Grand Gateway Hotel. A replica of the tower(made from mashed potatoes) was featured in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. You can read a Native American legend in the visitor’s center that provides an exciting tale of how this monument was created. This is also an excellent spot for rock climbers and hikers to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the high plains country.

Climbing - Hundreds of parallel cracks divide Devils Tower into large hexagonal columns, making it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. The longest of these continuous cracks are almost 400 feet long and vary significantly in width. Technical difficulties range from 5.7 to 5.13, although many climbers consider the older traditional "trade" routes such as the Durrance and Wiessner harder than the original ratings imply. Most of the routes at Devils Tower are not bolt protected and therefore require an appropriate selection of stoppers and camming devices in order to safely protect them. The few bolted face climbs that exist were established during the 1980's and early 1990's and the condition of some of the bolts reflect that era.

CUSTER STATE PARK - Is one of the largest state parks in the United States and it offers beautiful scenic highway driving too. You’ll have fun seeing prairie dogs kiss and socialize as they chatter away on sunny afternoons. Also keep your eye out for burros and buffalo. There are very healthy populations of each in the park. Remember to walk the famous battlefield and along French Creek where General Custer first discovered gold in the Black Hills.  Keep your eyes open for real modern day cowboys who come in from working ranches throughout the region to help with the annual Buffalo Round-up. Visitors are also given the chance to purchase a Buffalo via a fast paced and exciting auction at the roundup. Lodging in the Black Hills has never been easier when you stay with the Grand Gateway Hotel, just 35 minutes away.

Trail Rides - Contact Blue Bell Stables

Buffalo Safari Jeep Tours -  Contact State Game Lodge

WILD HORSE SANCTUARY - Come see Mustangs run full speed over 13,000 acres of beautiful high country plains. But, be ready to be surprised. You may feel them coming before you see them coming! Over 450 Mustangs run free in this sanctuary, all donated. Seeing a large herd running together is an awe inspiring glimpse at nature’s beauty.  We are just an hour away!

HISTORIC DEADWOOD -  Play like a legend this winter in Historic Deadwood. Hit the slopes of Terry Peak and Mystic Miner at Deer Mountain, or bust out of a rut on the 365-miles of groomed and interconnected snowmobile trails.

NEEDLES HIGHWAY - One of the most beautiful (and fun to drive) mountain roads in all of America is located right here in the Black Hills. Needles Highway takes you on a mountain pass road that swings you by Sylvan Lake, where scenes from the movie, National Treasures: Book of Secrets was filmed. The granite spires you will see provide hiking and rock climbing for those adventurous enough to take on the challenge! 

IRON MOUNTAIN ROAD - Even well seasoned travelers will enjoy driving down this scenic highway. Two of the three single lane mountain tunnels provide fantastic long-distance views of Mount Rushmore. The Pigtails are a rollercoaster of a ride on this exciting drive. Grand Gateway Hotel is a wonderful place to stay after this breath taking adventure.

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