South Dakota
Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse & the Badlands With Your Grandchild
Enjoy a classic American adventure with your grandchild as you visit the monuments of the Mount Rushmore region, horse ride a Western trail and dig for fossils near a mammoth sinkhole.
Rating (4.93)
Program No. 15968RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy the fun of shared time as you explore Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and the beautiful Black Hills. Saddle up for a Western trail ride and discover ancient fossils and lunar-like deposits in the Badlands. Share stories around an open fire while you learn, laugh and create memories for both generations.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on varied terrain. Elevations of 5,200 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go horseback riding, splash in a historic warm water spring, visit a mammoth sink hole and learn how to pan for gold like Potato Creek Johnny.
  • Experience Custer State Park’s “wildlife loop” in search of buffalo, pronghorns, begging burrows and big horn sheep.
  • Take a chair lift up to a ridge for a special view of Mount Rushmore and feel the wind in your hair as you zip back down on the Alpine slide.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-11 or 11-13, depending on the date. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out program #4752!
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Robert Gerald Yellowhawk
Robert Gerald Yellowhawk is a native South Dakotan, born in Rapid City. His goal as a youth was to graduate from high school, and now he is a sophomore at Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, majoring in business administration. A participant as a sixth-grader in the Ateyapi Program, he is now a fulltime mentor helping youths understand traditional Native American dance, values, regalia, ceremonies and the Lakota language. Robert worked two summers at Crazy Horse Memorial.

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

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