Deadwood and the Northern Black Hills


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town


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

Friendly: No.
Guests with mobility issues may be take the tour as long as they are able to enter and exit the vehicle with assistance.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent)

The Wild, Wild West we think we know Tour.

This is a tour to the place where legends are born. Spoiler alert! Some of your most cherished beliefs may be challenged on this tour. This tour is highly customizable and can be modified at your request. The tour concentrates on the early history of the Black Hills and the impact of the Gold Rush on settlement and development of the region. This is a great experience for those who wish to experience the places where history was made starting in the 1870's and continues today.

This tour is designed to give you a sense of place and a chance to visit significant sites in American western history. We will visit museums dedicated to the area's history; walk the streets where the deeds occured; and even see the graves of characters we all know by name, but never met.


This tour is easily customized to accommodate your wishes.

1) Drive to Deadwood, SD and visit sites associated with the early history of the town, its famous and infamous characters and its Historic District. Guests may choose to visit local museums and gaming establishments on their own;

2) Travel to the sister city Lead, SD and site of the Homestake Gold Mine. It was the largest & most productive gold mine in North America and we will stop at their Visitor Center. Today the underground mine is being converted into an underground research and education center;

3) Travel the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. It is a deep limestone canyon and a scenic wonder;

4) Then we return to our place of origin.

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, admissions, 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.

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

Excellent experience. Only problem is probably too much to see and need to decide what you want to see. Having said that John provided a highly enjoyable and educational experience. Definitely recommend.
Richard Harrod

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