South Dakota

The Best of Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills and Badlands

Program No. 13160RJ
Discover South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills and Badlands, where bison mosey through roadside meadows and hand-carved mountains tower over vast stretches of untouched wilderness.

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DATES & starting prices
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May 5 - May 11, 2024
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2,299
May 12 - May 18, 2024
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2,299
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May 19 - May 25, 2024
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1,899
Jun 2 - Jun 8, 2024
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2,499
Jun 23 - Jun 29, 2024
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2,499
Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2024
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1,999
Jul 21 - Jul 27, 2024
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2,499
Aug 11 - Aug 17, 2024
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2,499
Aug 18 - Aug 24, 2024
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2,499
Aug 25 - Aug 31, 2024
Starting at
1,999
Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2024
Starting at
2,449
Sep 8 - Sep 14, 2024
Starting at
1,899
Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2024
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2,449
Sep 22 - Sep 28, 2024
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2,449
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

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Sep 23 - Sep 29, 2024
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2,449
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2024
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2,449
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

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Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2024
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2,449
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 5 - May 11, 2024
Starting at
2,839
May 12 - May 18, 2024
Starting at
2,839
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May 19 - May 25, 2024
Starting at
2,469
Jun 2 - Jun 8, 2024
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3,149
Jun 23 - Jun 29, 2024
Starting at
3,149
Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2024
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2,639
Jul 21 - Jul 27, 2024
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3,149
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Aug 11 - Aug 17, 2024
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3,149
Aug 18 - Aug 24, 2024
Starting at
3,149
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Aug 25 - Aug 31, 2024
Starting at
2,639
Filling Fast!
Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2024
Starting at
3,039
Sep 8 - Sep 14, 2024
Starting at
2,469
Filling Fast!
Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2024
Starting at
3,039
Sep 22 - Sep 28, 2024
Starting at
3,039
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

Filling Fast!
Sep 23 - Sep 29, 2024
Starting at
3,039
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

Filling Fast!
Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2024
Starting at
3,039
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

Sep 25 - Oct 1, 2024
Starting at
3,039
Itinerary Note

This date includes a Special Event: Custer State Park's Annual Buffalo Roundup.

At a Glance

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 The Mammoth Site. Study the lives of gold seekers and sod busters, and discover the Old West before a handful of presidents made it famous.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on varied terrain; some stairs. Elevations range from 4,300 to 5,200 feet.

What You'll Learn

  • Expand your mind at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.
  • Experience the otherworldly moon-like landscape of spectacular Badlands National Park.
  • Discover an active paleontological dig site, which boasts the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world!

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. For a more active outdoor program in the Black Hills, see program #12774.
Featured Expert
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John Esposti
Born and raised in central New Jersey, John Esposti made the decision at five years of age to go out west and meet his destiny. At 18, he enrolled at the University of Idaho and received a degree in education. He then moved to Valdez, Alaska to teach woodworking, drafting and electronics. After four years of working and experiencing all sorts of adventures in a wild and amazing land, he climbed onto a sailboat and sailed off into the sunset bound for Hawaii, and later attended the University of Hawaii. After marrying his wife, Cindy, John returned to the Black Hills to operate a family-run business named Rushmore Cave. After selling the cave business in 2008, John worked for three years at the renowned Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City, S.D. Today, he and Cindy are starting a new venture called GeoFunTrek, with a goal to provide stimulating visitor experiences in the form of day-long educational explorations in the Black Hills.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Esposti View biography
Born and raised in central New Jersey, John Esposti made the decision at five years of age to go out west and meet his destiny. At 18, he enrolled at the University of Idaho and received a degree in education. He then moved to Valdez, Alaska to teach woodworking, drafting and electronics. After four years of working and experiencing all sorts of adventures in a wild and amazing land, he climbed onto a sailboat and sailed off into the sunset bound for Hawaii, and later attended the University of Hawaii. After marrying his wife, Cindy, John returned to the Black Hills to operate a family-run business named Rushmore Cave. After selling the cave business in 2008, John worked for three years at the renowned Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City, S.D. Today, he and Cindy are starting a new venture called GeoFunTrek, with a goal to provide stimulating visitor experiences in the form of day-long educational explorations in the Black Hills.
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Stephen Yellowhawk View biography
Stephen Yellowhawk was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. He was first inspired to dance by his uncle, Jim Yellowhawk, and has been sharing his talents for traditional dance since he was 14 years old. He is actively pursuing a master’s degree in leadership and management in becoming a leader in Indian education. He is currently employed at the Okiciyapi Wellness Center as a health technician to Native American diabetic patients and serves as the board president for the Black Hills Powwow Association.
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Karen Raben View biography
Having grown up in the Black Hills area — and now residing here again since her retirement — Karen Raben loves to share the rich history of South Dakota with visitors to the region. Karen and her husband, Tim, have traveled and lived throughout the Midwest, Connecticut and New York while running a consulting business. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s from Connecticut Western State University, Karen also pursued a career in education. Now back in Rapid City, she welcomes lifelong learners to the wonders of the Badlands and Black Hills.
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