Nestled in the naturally resplendent Black Hills, Keystone is surrounded by alluring outdoor attractions, state parks, national forests and towering peaks. Along with a rich gold mining history, Keystone boasts fascinating historical museums, an adventure park and a charming main strip of restaurants and boutiques.
Things to do in Keystone
Begin your Keystone holiday by strolling down Winter Street, where you’ll find a range of locally-run restaurants, such as Jane's Boardwalk Pizza and Teddy’s Deli. There’s a true old-West vibe down this strip, thanks to its timber buildings and boardwalks. Check out The Indians for unique gifts, before shopping for clothes at Rushmore Mountain Taffy Shop. Sweet tooths can be satisfied at the Turtle Town chocolate shop.
Immerse yourself in Keystone’s gold mining history at Big Thunder Gold Mine, where you can see a replica 1895 gold mill, take a tour of an old gold mine and pan for gold and gems. It’s close to the Keystone Museum, which features exhibits on early life in Keystone, such as replicated bedrooms and old clothing.
Do you love high-flying adventures? Head to Rushmore Tramway, a thrilling outdoor adventure playground with zip-lines, treetop obstacle courses and hiking routes that reveal views of Mt Rushmore. You can also take on the challenging Mirror Maze in the centre of town, which takes you through an obstacle course lined with mirrors.
Those interested in the history of America’s presidents should head to The National Presidential Wax Museum, which showcases life-size wax replicas of US Presidents infamous scenes. If you’ve got time, drive out to Black Hills National Forest for a true country-style camping or cabin experience with rocky outcrops and vast canyons.
Getting around Keystone
Keystone is about a 40-minute drive from Rapid City Regional Airport, which has flights from Denver, Las Vegas, Detroit and Salt Lake City. You can walk around the centre of Keystone, but will need a vehicle to explore further afield.