Deadwood, South Dakota, started as a gold camp in 1876 when gold was discovered in the Black Hills. The National Historic Landmark, once a symbol of the Wild West, still captures the outlaw spirit with its many attractions, such as Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. The wild land serves as backdrop for people who enjoy year-round outdoor activities in the hills and trails of South Dakota.
Take a horseback ride on one of the trails in Deadwood. These rides may remind you of how people traveled in this region of the country during the days of the Wild West. Andy's Trail Rides, located in the Black Hills, leads you through elk trails into wooded mountain terrains. You'll ride pass trees, fallen logs and creeks. You'll get an 85-mile view of the hand from the mountain peak. Participate in a cattle drive at Andy's. You'll drive the cattle through the southern region of the Black Hill in the Jewel Cave/Hell Canyon area. Stay overnight on the campground and fish after a day of riding. The campsite has four-wheeler rentals.
Andy's Trail Rides
11186 Deer Mountain Road
Lead, South Dakota 57754
Ride an ATV or snowmobile through the Black Hills of Deadwood. Mad Mountain Adventures lets you rent ATVs and snowmobiles for your unguided outdoor adventure. You need to be at least 14 years old with a parent or guardian to rent a snowmobile. ATV operators must have a valid driver's license and have an adult present if they are younger than 18. South Dakota has more than 350 miles of connecting snowboarding trails in the winter. You can get single- or double-rider machines. ATVs are driven on surface roads and Mad Mountain provides the road map. Mad Mountain has regulations about the proper attire needed to operate the machines.
Mad Mountain Adventures
21443 Highway 385
Deadwood, South Dakota 57732
(605) 578-1878 or (877) 678-1878
Take a tour of the site of 19th century landmarks in Deadwood. The Original Deadwood bus tour takes you down the cobblestone streets of Deadwood. The tour starts at the site where the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868 was signed. Learn about Custer's Expedition of the Black Hills, which ignited the Gold Rush of 1874 and moved Native Americans from their ancestral homes. Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery, the burial place of Chinese immigrants, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Reverend Henry Weston Smith and John "Potato Creek Johnny" Perrett, a local man who found a large golden nugget in 1929. Look out at the 300-ft. cliff of Mount Moriah and gaze down the Deadwood Gulch.
Original Deadwood Tour
P.O. Box 472
Deadwood, South Dakota 57732
Article Written By Cicely A. Richard
Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University.