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Mount Rushmore, Black Hills & Badlands: Vanishing Trails

Unique learning programs for travelers age 50+

The land now shadowed by Mount Rushmore was, up until the 1870s, called the “last great unknown.” Enrich your understanding of American growth in this vast wilderness as you immerse yourself in the discovery of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands National Park and Deadwood. Study the lives of gold seekers & sod busters, & discover the Old West before a handful of presidents made it famous.

Mount Rushmore, Black Hills & Badlands
Mount Rushmore, Black Hills & Badlands

What's Included

  • All lodgings & most meals
  • Expert-led lectures & field trips
  • All gratuities
  • Road Scholar Assurance Plan
Mount Rushmore, Black Hills & Badlands

Favorite Experiences:

  • Field trips get you up close to Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park’s bison and begging burros.
  • Experience Deadwood and its colorful history — Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and The Homestake Gold Mine.
  • Ride a historic 1880 steam engine train to explore the beautiful back country of the Black Hills.


A university of the world, Not-for-Profit Road Scholar has been leading global educational adventures for adults for over 40 years.

Our programs are all-inclusive educational adventures, not superficial tours. When you explore with us, you’ll have a deep, thought-provoking experience delivered by faculty experts on site.

Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in educational travel since 1975.

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