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MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA

Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Badlands: Expanding Horizons

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Program #4752RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Keystone is about 4,300 feet above sea level. Several of our field trips will be near 5,200 feet

Itinerary for Jul 27 — Aug 1, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: The K Bar S Lodge, built in 2006, is located with a view of Mount Rushmore. It is quietly secluded on 31 forested acres. Battle Creek winds its way throughout the property and the large meadow in front of the Lodge is often the playground for deer and turkeys.

Contact info:
434 Old Hill City Rd.
Keystone, SD 57751 USA
phone: 866-522-7724
web: www.kbarslodge.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with an ironing board and iron, in room coffee, hair dryer, and television. All rooms feature highest quality Serta Presidential mattresses and custom made furniture. Rooms are not equipped with a mini-fridge but, the 24 hour manned front desk has a large refrigerator for any medicines that may need to be kept cool.

Facility amenities: A beautiful lobby provides a spectacular view of Mount Rushmore and nearby Mount Baldy. Free coffee is available in the lobby. An elevator serves the main building while ramps service all other hotel room buildings. The lodge provides free wireless and wired in-room internet. Free guest laundry is available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Additional night reservations may be made by calling the K Bar S Lodge direct at 1-866-522-7724.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 27 - Independent Arrivals / Registration / Orientation
Arrive To: Check in any time after 3:00PM. Collect your Road Scholar Program Welcome Packet at time of check in. Please stop by the Road Scholar registration table in the hotel lobby between 4:00 and 4:45 to complete some light paperwork. Orientation will take place at 5:00PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the K Bar S Lodge.

Evening: Free evening to get settled into your room.

Lodging: K Bar S Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The K Bar S Lodge, built in 2006, is located with a view of Mount Rushmore. It is quietly secluded on 31 forested acres. Battle Creek winds its way throughout the property and the large meadow in front of the Lodge is often the playground for deer and turkeys.

Contact info:
434 Old Hill City Rd.
Keystone, SD 57751 USA
phone: 866-522-7724
web: www.kbarslodge.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with an ironing board and iron, in room coffee, hair dryer, and television. All rooms feature highest quality Serta Presidential mattresses and custom made furniture. Rooms are not equipped with a mini-fridge but, the 24 hour manned front desk has a large refrigerator for any medicines that may need to be kept cool.

Facility amenities: A beautiful lobby provides a spectacular view of Mount Rushmore and nearby Mount Baldy. Free coffee is available in the lobby. An elevator serves the main building while ramps service all other hotel room buildings. The lodge provides free wireless and wired in-room internet. Free guest laundry is available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Additional night reservations may be made by calling the K Bar S Lodge direct at 1-866-522-7724.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 28 - Custer State Park / Horseback Trail Ride / Crazy ...
Custer State Park / Horseback Trail Ride / Crazy Horse Memorial / Mount Rushmore Scaling Program

Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast will be provided in the K Bar S enclosed gazebo.

Morning: We kick off our week of adventure with a morning field trip to Custer State Park. General Custer's expedition discovered gold here in 1874, and that began the rush of settlers to the Black Hills. We'll stop at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center where we'll get a close up look at the Park's history, mysteries, landscapes and wildlife that combine to create this diverse and beautiful park. Next we'll take what we've learned and travel the Wildlife Loop road in search of buffalo, wild burrows, prairie dogs, elk, white tail deer and more. At the end of the loop, put on your cowboy hat for a fun filled hour long horseback trail ride.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided at Blue Bell Lodge for all of the hungry cowboys and cowgirls.

Afternoon: In an effort to honor the rich heritage and traditions of Native Americans, Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear set out to carve a mountain just south of Mount Rushmore that began in 1948. Today, the Crazy Horse Memorial campus offers visitors breath-taking views of the ongoing carving from its viewing veranda. The campus also includes an Indian Museum of North America, gift shop, welcome center, and Native American Cultural Center.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the K Bar S Lodge.

Evening: Learn through a hands-on activity about the scaling and creation of Mount Rushmore.

Lodging: K Bar S Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The K Bar S Lodge, built in 2006, is located with a view of Mount Rushmore. It is quietly secluded on 31 forested acres. Battle Creek winds its way throughout the property and the large meadow in front of the Lodge is often the playground for deer and turkeys.

Contact info:
434 Old Hill City Rd.
Keystone, SD 57751 USA
phone: 866-522-7724
web: www.kbarslodge.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with an ironing board and iron, in room coffee, hair dryer, and television. All rooms feature highest quality Serta Presidential mattresses and custom made furniture. Rooms are not equipped with a mini-fridge but, the 24 hour manned front desk has a large refrigerator for any medicines that may need to be kept cool.

Facility amenities: A beautiful lobby provides a spectacular view of Mount Rushmore and nearby Mount Baldy. Free coffee is available in the lobby. An elevator serves the main building while ramps service all other hotel room buildings. The lodge provides free wireless and wired in-room internet. Free guest laundry is available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Additional night reservations may be made by calling the K Bar S Lodge direct at 1-866-522-7724.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 29 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial / President's Tr...
Mount Rushmore National Memorial / President's Tram and Alpine Slide / Outdoor Campus / Native American Dancer

Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast will be provided in the K Bar S enclosed gazebo.

Morning: High in the Black Hills on a cliff of solid granite are the faces of four of our country's Presidents. Each had a special place in the establishment, exploration, preservation and development of our nation. This special place is Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Explore this magnificent Memorial and learn how and why this incredible carving was made. Those able to handle a significant number of stairs will want to visit the Sculptor's Studio to see the plaster models used by Gutzon Borglum to guide his gigantic carving. Next, discover Mount Rushmore from a different angle as you ride a chair lift up to the top of a ridge. Enjoy the view as well as the ride back down on the lift or take the option of feeling the wind in your hair as you ride the alpine slide, at your own desired pace, back down the hill.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the K Bar S Lodge.

Afternoon: This afternoon travel to the Outdoor Campus and learn about the importance of South Dakota's wildlife, ecosystems and habitats through hands-on exhibits and activities.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the K Bar S Lodge.

Evening: Tonight's instructor will captivate us with oral stories and traditional Native American dance.

Lodging: K Bar S Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The K Bar S Lodge, built in 2006, is located with a view of Mount Rushmore. It is quietly secluded on 31 forested acres. Battle Creek winds its way throughout the property and the large meadow in front of the Lodge is often the playground for deer and turkeys.

Contact info:
434 Old Hill City Rd.
Keystone, SD 57751 USA
phone: 866-522-7724
web: www.kbarslodge.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with an ironing board and iron, in room coffee, hair dryer, and television. All rooms feature highest quality Serta Presidential mattresses and custom made furniture. Rooms are not equipped with a mini-fridge but, the 24 hour manned front desk has a large refrigerator for any medicines that may need to be kept cool.

Facility amenities: A beautiful lobby provides a spectacular view of Mount Rushmore and nearby Mount Baldy. Free coffee is available in the lobby. An elevator serves the main building while ramps service all other hotel room buildings. The lodge provides free wireless and wired in-room internet. Free guest laundry is available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Additional night reservations may be made by calling the K Bar S Lodge direct at 1-866-522-7724.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 30 - Badlands National Park / Gold Panning / Buffalo B...
Badlands National Park / Gold Panning / Buffalo Box Presentation / Campfire

Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast will be provided in the K Bar S enclosed gazebo.

Morning: Today,discover a land of extremes. Learn how a once subtropical paradise, complete with exotic sea creatures and dinosaurs, evolved into the desolate Badlands of today. At first glance this moon-like terrain may seem inhospitable but, look closely and you'll discover the secrets of life that lie with-in.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at the famous Wall Drug in Wall, SD.

Afternoon: This afternoon obtain a new appreciation for those who blazed the trail of gold discovery decades before. Try your hand at imitating the miners from long ago by panning for gold, minerals and special gem stones.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the K Bar S Lodge.

Evening: The evening will once again be an opportunity to learn about this fascinating land with a hands on buffalo box presentation. Enjoy a group campfire later in the evening - weather permitting.

Lodging: K Bar S Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The K Bar S Lodge, built in 2006, is located with a view of Mount Rushmore. It is quietly secluded on 31 forested acres. Battle Creek winds its way throughout the property and the large meadow in front of the Lodge is often the playground for deer and turkeys.

Contact info:
434 Old Hill City Rd.
Keystone, SD 57751 USA
phone: 866-522-7724
web: www.kbarslodge.com

Room amenities: Each room is equipped with an ironing board and iron, in room coffee, hair dryer, and television. All rooms feature highest quality Serta Presidential mattresses and custom made furniture. Rooms are not equipped with a mini-fridge but, the 24 hour manned front desk has a large refrigerator for any medicines that may need to be kept cool.

Facility amenities: A beautiful lobby provides a spectacular view of Mount Rushmore and nearby Mount Baldy. Free coffee is available in the lobby. An elevator serves the main building while ramps service all other hotel room buildings. The lodge provides free wireless and wired in-room internet. Free guest laundry is available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: call for pricing
Additional night reservations may be made by calling the K Bar S Lodge direct at 1-866-522-7724.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 31 - Mammoth Site / Junior Paleo Dig / Swim in a Natur...
Mammoth Site / Junior Paleo Dig / Swim in a Natural Warm Water Spring / Final Banquet.

Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast will be provided in the K Bar S enclosed gazebo.

Morning: This morning adventure awaits you! Travel back in time when Ice Age mammoths, camels, and giant short-faced bears roamed the Great Plains of North America. More than 26,000 years ago a sudden collapse of a sinkhole, with a warm spring percolating from the bottom, filled the sinkhole and created an ideal watering hole for animals to quench their thirst. Unfortunately the sinkhole proved to be too slippery and steep for the animals to retreat, thus creating a death trap for large Columbian and Woolly Mammoths. Investigate this historic event by visiting the world's largest Columbian Mammoth exhibit and research center for Pleistocene studies and become a Junior Paleontologist as you help dig for signs of prehistoric life.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Woolly's Family Restaurant in Hot Springs.

Afternoon: This afternoon immerse yourself in the natural warm springs of Evans Plunge. Don't forget to pack your swimming suit and towel, or $2 for towel rental, for this fun afternoon of relaxing in the warm spring pools. Water slides add a little thrill for those young at heart!

Dinner: Final banquet at the K Bar S Lodge

Lodging: K Bar S Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 01 -
Breakfast: A deluxe continental breakfast will be provided in the K Bar S enclosed gazebo.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Keystone, SD
General overviewThere are many additional activities available during your visit to the Black Hills. This program will touch on many of the general areas of interest but can not dig deeply into all there is to see and do here. There is an interesting and detailed history about Native Americans, plains settlers, gold seekers and more. Many people come to the Black Hills for exceptional trout fishing, photography, bicycling on old rail beds, hiking, and the study of specialized interests such as geology and palaeontology. There are numerous museums in Rapid City, Deadwood, Hill City, Custer and other smaller towns in the Black Hills. There is an almost endless list of public and private attractions to visit as well. Places such as Bear Country USA, Reptile Gardens, the Wild Horse Sanctuary, Mt. Rushmore Gold factory (on-the-floor factory tours), Jewel Cave, and dozens of other fun activities await your visit. In Keystone there is mini golf, the Presidential Wax museum, Rushmore Borglum Story, places to get your photo taken in historic costumes, gold mine tours, and much, much more. The history of the gold rush days is easy to access with a stop in Deadwood about a 1 hour drive north of Keystone. You can take a trolley ride to Mt. Moriah to see Will Bill Hickok's resting place along side Martha Canary, better known as Calamity Jane. Or just a short 10 minute ride from Deadwood you might visit the Homestake Gold Mine's open cut or tour the Mining Museum to learn details of hard rock, underground mining. From there you could travel to Devil's Tower in NE Wyoming and return to the Hills by driving through beautiful Spearfish Canyon, a National Scenic Byway. There is so much to do in the Black Hills, there is a good reason the Black Hills are dubbed "Beyond All Expectations".
For additional information, visit: www.blackhillsbadlands.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
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