Heart of the Hills Tour
Have you ever dreamed of visiting three of the most iconic sites in the American West all in one day? Mount Rushmore is an internationally recognized symbol of America and its heritage. Crazy Horse is a mountain carving dedicated to the spirit and culture of all Native Americans. Custer State Park is 71, 000 acres of natural splendor with historic sites, scenic drives and free-roaming bison herds and other wildlife. Join me for a trip to all three sites and an experience that you will never forget.
Growing up in the Black Hills I have not only heard the stories but have lived many of them. Come and learn about how the Hills have transitioned from The Great Sioux Nation to a booming mining economy and a thriving tourism destination. I will share the amazing story of the dream and reality of Custer State Park with its wide open spaces and free-roaming bison herds, the carving of Mt. Rushmore and the continuing dream of Crazy Horse. These icons are connected by some of the most scenic drives in America.
This tour is easily customized to accommodate your wishes. The itinerary consists of visits to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park. Here is a suggested itinerary:
1) Visit Mount Rushmore early in the day because it is oriented to the south and east and the early rays of the sun bathe it in warm soft light;
2) Then it is off to Crazy Horse Mountain to see the Native American side of monumental mountain carving and history;
3)We spend the rest of the day in Custer State Park. This park has the Wildlife Loop Road, numerous historic sites and two scenic drives called the Needles Highway and the Iron Mountain Road.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
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.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - Guests supply there own lunch, additional funds will be needed for souvenirs and other purchases.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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Cynthia was a lovely guide, the tour was pretty amazing because of her! She showed and explained everything about the park. So many beautiful pictures. And we found the bisons! Mount Rushmore, it was a pleasure to meet you!