The Black Hills is synonymous with gold. In fact, one of the reasons the area boomed was because of the Black Hills Gold Rush. Gold mines and gold panning are part of the rich history that the area has to offer. Along with Wild West legends like “Wild Bill” Hickok, Potato Creek Johnny, and Calamity Jane, it’s no mystery why the myth of the Old West and the Black Hills Gold Rush is still a prominent piece of today’s culture. Visitors from around the world are always eager to visit Black Hills attractions that are fun and delve deep into the area’s rich history. We’ve put together a list of some of the fun gold panning and gold mining attractions around the Black Hills.
As you drive along Highway 16 in the southern Black Hills, you’ll notice all of the features that make the area so recognizable. Dense pine trees, rolling hills and elevation changes, and granite spires that sometimes seem like they’re pushing their way through the earth like a new tooth. As you approach Custer, the landscape starts to change drastically and the granite hills give way to flatter prairie. One of the final visages of the Black Hills and its towering granite structures blanketed by pine trees is a monument that has been in development for over 60 years. Crazy Horse Memorial stands as a testament to the perseverance of our human determination while honoring a great warrior and his people.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is one of the biggest events to happen every summer in the Black Hills. It’s a fun time for us up at the Powder House because many of our guests have stayed with us year-after-year for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Having these guests return every year for their Sturgis Rally lodging is almost like seeing extended family for a week every year. In addition to the regular rides, many of our guests actively participate in charity rides during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We’ve put together a list of rides that you can participate in during your visit to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Many of these rides are charity rides, which are a great way to have fun, explore the hills, and ride for a good cause.