My family owned and operated a very highly regarded tourist attraction, and I have worked in the tourism industry for 45 years. My parents, a couple of farm kids from Iowa, arrived in the Hills in 1950. They lived the American Dream by taking a "hole in the ground" and turning it in to a well known attraction, Beautiful Rushmore Cave. I have been surrounded by hard working, fun loving people my whole life. We have prided ourselves in showing visitors the wonders of the Black Hills and sharing the stories of how it all happened. I grew up with Mt. Rushmore in my back yard and it still takes my breath away every time I see it.
Along the way I attended college in Colorado and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Zoology. While attending UH I met my husband and business partner John, we have been married for 33 years and have 3 great children. We are currently working together in the Hills providing custom and private tours to visitors from around the world. During the winter season we love to travel and increase our knowledge of the world around us.
The beautiful Black Hills and Badlands area is full of everything from awe inspiring Monuments and landscapes to free roaming Bison and brightly colored wild flowers. The geology of the area is unsurpassed for its natural beauty and complexity. The stories of the Indian wars, mining era and the birth of tourism in the area are many and filled with adventure. I would love to share the stories and beauty of the area with you.
I will work with your dream list to deliver the traditional tours such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Mountain and Custer State Park with its Bison herds and scenic drives and unique tours such as Sunset and Stargazing Tours of the Badlands National Park. I also offer a daytime tour of the Badlands including a stop at the American Roadside Attraction, Wall Drug. Because your tour is a private tour we can add or subtract stops as time allows.
A Recent Review of this guide
This drive was amazing! Photos do not do it justice. It was great having a knowledgeable and friendly driver take us around. Ms. Cynthia was very flexible and we also got to visit the Minuteman Missile Visitor Center and Wall Drug. Highly recommend a tour with Cynthia. She was great! It was relaxing not having to worry about driving. Got to see everything we wanted to see. Well worth the money! If you only have 2 days in the area and want to see everything, this is the way to go!
~B.S. Degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii
~Co-owner and manager of Beautiful Rushmore Cave, working directly with the public and employees for 45 years.
~Co-owner and guide for local Tour Company, sharing the Black Hills and Badland regions. An experienced guide who is friendly and comfortable with any group.
~Master Gardener for the state of South Dakota since 2005.
~Friend of Education award from Custer County School District
~Catalyst Club Volunteer of the Year Award from the Catalyst Club of Rapid City