The Best of the Black Hills
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 in progress that is 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.
I am especially well qualified to enhance your understanding of the three sites. During four summer seasons I was a part-time volunteer with the National Park Service giving tours at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. I have a unique understanding of the Monument, its history and meaning. I have watched Crazy Horse emerge from the rock and hiked to the top many times. I will share the history of the carving, the man and his people. Custer State Park has been my haven - and I love to share it!
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.
This tour may be scheduled with a late start to wind up at Crazy Horse for the Evening Laser Light Show on the mountain, or the Evening Lighting and Veterans Honoring Ceremony at Mount Rushmore before returning home.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: All tours are customized to meet the need and wishes of the guest. We routinely pick up and drop-off in Keystone, Hill City and Rapid City, SD as part of our standard service and price. Alternative locations may be requested and additional charges may apply.
End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: All tours are customized to meet the need and wishes of the guest. We routinely pick up and drop-off in Keystone, Hill City and Rapid City, SD as part of our standard service and price. Alternative locations may be requested and additional charges may apply.
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 their own lunch, additional funds will be needed for souvenirs and other purchases.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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A fabulous day spent with such a knowledgeable guide. Brought history to 'life' with interesting facts, stories and as an added 'bonus' some wonderful poetry intertwined throughout our day. Very considerate in going at 'our pace' with enough time for comfort stops, and photo opportunities. Would recommend John as the perfect guide (host) who was willing literally to go that 'extra mile'. If you want a bespoke tour - John is definately the person you can entrust your 'precious' holiday time with - a 'gem'.