Black Hills Ghost Towns & Mines


Tour Number

Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town, Adventure / Active


Kid Friendly: Yes. Families with small children must provide car seats if needed.

Friendly: No.
The itinerary of this tour may be designed to include only sites appropriate to the guest's ability. Some sites will not be accessible, but enough will be to make a trip meaningful and fun. At a minimum guests will need to be able to get in and out of a vehicle comfortably and walk short distances.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent)

The Vanishing Past

See the sites and remains of a bygone era. Gold mining is what brought settlement to the region and the forces of nature are slowly erasing its remains from view. This tour is highly customizable and you choose from a menu of options including sites all over the Black Hills. This is hands-on history for those who want to see it before it is gone. Black Hills railroading history may be easily incorporated into the tour. The tour starts with a map of the possible locations from which we make a prioritized list, and then we spend the day going to as many sites as time will permit. This tour may be broken into several days with other popular sites added to satisfy the needs of the entire group.


The itinerary is largely up to your wishes and the time available.

1) We start with a map and plan a route for the day. Possible sites include: Deadwood, Custer, Rochford, Hayward, Keystone, Galena, Spokane, Mystic, Nemo, Gold Mountain, and the Etta Mine;

2) Then we spend the day going to as many places as possible. A second day of touring may be purchased to finish the list if desired. Other attractions and sites may be added or substituted at your request. One of the beauties of working with a custom operator such as myself is that you are free to change your mind, modify the itinerary and control the course of the tour;

3) At the end of the day I return you to your place of lodging or your vehicle.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I pick up and drop off guests at all lodging and camping establishments in the Rapid City, Keystone & Hill City area. A meeting place can be arranged or an additional fee can be negotiated for guests staying in outlying areas.

End location: Your Rapid City, Keystone or Hill City lodging or camping facility or special arrangements made as above.

Duration: 9 hours

This tour has a highly flexible start time in the summer months when the days are long. I suggest we leave between 9 & 11 am when daylight is abundant. During the winter months I suggest we leave no later than 9 am.


This tour is conducted in a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV Touring Edition or 2004 Dodge Sprinter touring van. Both vehicles are air-conditioned and offer comfortable rides and large windows.

What’s Included

Other: All transportation, narration, interpretive services, healthy snacks, juice, bottled still-water.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 USD - Guests supply their own lunch, additional funds will be needed for souvenirs and other purchases. In the event that guests choose to go to an attraction that charges an admission, they will be expected to cover the cost of their own admission.

What’s Extra

Other: Extra guests may be added (up to a maximum of 9 total) may be added. Contact guide for details.

A Recent Review of this tour

John has a wealth of knowledge of the area and makes it easier to understand the geology of the area. A fascinating trip.
Sharol Way

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