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Black Hills Area Attractions

The Black Hills is an Outdoor Enthusiasts Dream!

cars stopped or pulled over on the road in Custer State Park near a heard of buffalo

Just minutes away from this old mining town there is: golfing in the beautiful hills, hiking on hundreds of hiking trails, fishing in Spearfish Canyon and other small streams, ATVing is a great way to see more of the Black Hills, mountain biking on the Mickelson Trail is a local favorite, camping, rock climbing, and hunting. In the winter months Lead, has on the average a couple hundred inches of snow. This allows the Black Hills to have a fantastic snow base for skiers on our two local are ski resorts, miles of gorgeous cross country ski trails, and snow shoeing. Snowmobilers will enjoy over three hundred miles of groomed trails. There is enough snow for everyone!

All trails start in Deadwood/Lead. We are the gateway to over 350 miles of the finest groomed snowmobile trails in the nation. The prestigious Mickelson trail is a 110-mile spin through the Black Hills which follows the original Burlington Northern Rail Line. Fun in the Black Hills begins in Deadwood/Lead, South Dakota!

Award-winning rodeos, rock and roll, the roar of Harleys and hot rods makes winning in the Deadwood/Lead area as easy as showing up. Historic reenactments and fun events are a bit more special when they are set in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

Deadwood’s historic gaming halls just minutes away from Blackstone Lodge, date back to the Gold Rush of 1876. Ranging from penny slots to $100 gaming machines, classic games and new twists, Deadwood’s got a game for you.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is arguably the largest event in South Dakota, with around half a million visitors a year. This is a 10-day tradition that's been held since 1938.

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Terry Peak

Terry Peak Ski Resort Is located 4 miles from the Blackstone Lodge & Suites in Lead SD. It's the premiere winter sports destination in South Dakota, with the summit standing 7,100 ft tall.

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Mount Rushmore

Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.

Mickelson Trail

The George S. Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, was completed in September of 1998. Its gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Much of the trail passes through National Forest Land, but there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where the trail use is restricted to the trail only.

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Sanford Homestake Vistor Center

Lead, SD is one of the most mineral-rich places in the United States. Both gold and silver were discovered here over 125 years ago, and it still remains the largest mine in the North America.

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Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon is a scenic drive that goes through beautiful hill and rock formations, waterfalls, peaceful picnic areas, and more.

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Custer State Park

Encompassing 71,000 acres in the Black Hills, Custer State Park is home to abundant wildlife and adventure; camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, or relaxing, there’s something here for everyone.
Exterior front view of Terry Peak Ski Area Lodge

Deer Mountain

Don’t miss Deer Mountain Ski Hill while staying in Lead for your winter sport recreation. They offer Great ski runs and “Zero Gravity” Tubing hill. They are located 5 miles south of the Blackstone Lodge & Suites Hotel right on Hwy 85. Need some ski lessons or ski rentals they have those for you too.