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MOUNT RUSHMORE, SOUTH DAKOTA

Mount Rushmore, Black Hills and Badlands: An Active Discovery

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Program #12774RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
In Mount Rushmore, Black Hills and Badlands find a landscape that is still as large as the heroes who laid a claim to it, a land once called “the last great unknown,” where some of mankind’s greatest monuments pay tribute to great leaders. From pacific grass prairies to the otherworldly Badlands to the spiritual and verdant Black Hills, gain an up-close and objective perspective of the monuments, cultures and natural treasures that are at the heart of the American experience.


Highlights

• Hike amongst ethereal buttes and peaks in Badlands National Park and walk through towering pine trees in the shadow of Mount Rushmore.
• Learn about the irony of two stories told by mountain carvings within 17 miles of each other — Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.
• Visit a national award-winning family winery in the heart of the Black Hills.

Activity Notes

Hikes of 1-3 miles over uneven and rocky terrain. Optional horseback riding and kayaking, included in the program, are appropriate for beginners. Elevations of 3,500 to more than 5,000 feet.

Date Notes
6/3/2015
Special Event: This program date includes the annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch. This is an AVA sponsored 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States and is the only time each year the public may hike to the mountain carving.6/4/2015
Special Event: This program date includes the annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch. This is an AVA sponsored 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States and is the only time each year the public may hike to the mountain carving.

Coordinated by Black Hills Educational Institute.


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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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4.9
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