The 10 Best Things to Do in Hill City, South Dakota

Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 948 at the 2010 census. Hill City is located 26 miles (42 km) southwest of Rapid City on State Highway 16 and on U.S. Route 385 that connects Deadwood to Hot Springs. Hill City is known as the "Heart of the Hills" which is derived from its close proximity to both the geographical center of the Black Hills, and the local tourist destinations.

1. The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

117 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-5106 Museums, Natural History Museums
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

Reviewed By E9285OUamyw - Saint Cloud, MinnesotaSaint Cloud, Minnesota

Excellent museum

You wouldn't expect such an amazing collection of fossils here, but this museum is great. Highly recommend. 2nd most complete T rex skeleton.

2. Prairie Berry Winery

23837 Highway 385, Hill City, SD 57745-6517 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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4.5 based on 501 reviews

Prairie Berry Winery

Experience our award-winning wines in a fun and relaxed setting in the heart of the Black Hills. Find us three miles northwest of Hill City on Highway 385, just a few miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial. We’re Hill City’s only working winery and Sandi Vojta, our fifth generation winemaker, handcrafts each wine, often using old family recipes, just a few steps from our Tasting Room. Start your Prairie Berry Winery experience with a free wine tasting of up to five of our award-winning wines, including our Anna Pesa handcrafted traditional European wines, at our Tasting Bars. We produce a variety of wines in styles for every palate – from crisp, dry wines and robust, oak-aged reds to sweet, fruity varieties. Our Kitchen offers housemade menu items including gluten-free, vegetarian and kids’ options. Menu selections pair perfectly with our wines, vary with the season and many of our ingredients are sourced locally. Enjoy a meal on our patio with our beautiful views of Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak). Our brewery, Miner Brewing Company, is located next door.

Reviewed By BobbyBluewaters - Maryland Heights, MissouriMaryland Heights, Missouri

Ah! Wine Country In The Old West!

We had to go there since the all the signs were for Red (Behind) Wine, lol. However there were many more wines to choose from and a pleasant atmosphere. We did the 5 wine tasting and I found a wine that I was rather fond of, Pheasant Reserve. The Red Behi

3. 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

Enter a destinationHill City, SD, USA
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4 based on 1340 reviews

1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad

An 1880 Train ride is a two-hour, narrated 20-mile round trip between Hill City snd Keystone South Dakota in the beautiful Black Hills. Passengers view vistas of Harney Peak, mining encampments and participate in good old-fashioned fun. Trains follow the original route of the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad laid down in the late 1880s to service the mines and mills between Hill City and Keystone. The Black Hills Central Railroad is the oldest continuously operating tour railroad in the nation and operates three steam and two diesel engines throughout the season. One of our steam engines is close to 100 years old!

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, ArizonaTucson, Arizona

One of the Highlights of Our Black Hills Vacation

This narrow-gauge railroad offers an excursion train ride pulled by historic steam or diesel locomotives that travel back and forth between the towns of Hill City and Keystone in the Black Hills. Our train used locomotive #110, one of only two remaining 2-6-6-2T Mallet articulated engines that remain in service (Baldwin, 1928). The trip distance is about 10 miles and takes about 45 minutes to an hour each way. The train needs to be serviced and turned around at the stations, so there is a layover of 15-20 minutes. There are no restrooms on board so the layover is a opportunity to disembark for a comfort stop. You can also schedule a one-way trip, or a round-trip with a longer layover (return on a later train) to allow time for sightseeing, lunch or shopping. The route follows Battle Creek through the National Forest past pine and aspen forest, rocky canyons, sunny meadows and historic mining sites. The locomotive moves fairly slowly and a tour narrator points out the sights and shares some history of the area. We saw a marmot and numerous deer on the 10:00am train. The area is somewhat developed, so part of the scenery along the way is farms and residential property. We've been on many train rides throughout the U.S. and this is not the most scenic nor the least. We all enjoyed it and felt it was a good value for the ticket price and time spent ($12-30/person). Look at the photos that have been posted so you know what to expect. The trains operate mainly mid-May through mid-October, although there are special excursions throughout the year. I strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as the train sells out. The train is wheelchair accessible via a lift, but there is only space for two wheelchairs per train. We traveled with a wheelchair and the staff was friendly and helpful. Check the schedule online to determine which days and times the steam locomotive operates, if you have a preference. There are souvenir shops and food available near each station, also drinks and snacks for sale on board. Parking is free at the Hill City Depot, but in Keystone parking is limited to the city parking lot (3 hour limit) or pay parking. We stayed overnight in Hill City because we found that town to be less congested and "touristy" than Keystone. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Hill City depot, and we were also able to walk from the depot about one block to eat lunch on Main Street. The South Dakota State Railroad Museum is next door to the Hill City Depot and is worth a visit if you're interested in trains (separate admission, about $5).Wow, CrankingChick! Thank you for your informative review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. This is such great information and we appreciate you taking the time to share this with others. We hope you are able to join us again!

4. Wades Gold Mill

12401 Deerfield Rd, Hill City, SD 57745-6500 Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Mines, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Wades Gold Mill

Wade's Gold Mill will be OPEN for the 2019 season - Saturday, May 25! An authentic experience! Tour our antique mining equipment and modern gold mill. Learn to pan for gold!

Reviewed By Leigha B

Great Low Key Experience

We went to Wade's Gold Mill to have gold panning lessons for our 6 year olds and my husband and I bought a bucket to pan since we already knew how. Micah was our instructor and he is fantastic! He shortened up the lesson to a 6-year olds attention span wh

5. Brule

High Country Guest Ranch, Hill City, SD Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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5 based on 92 reviews

Brule

Reviewed By S S - Charleston, South CarolinaCharleston, South Carolina

Culturally rich and talented world class show for free! in a relaxed outdoor theater.

This was an amazing performance. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I found it moving and beautiful. I really appreciated that the lead musician explained what we were seeing. This performance offered great music, amazing dancing and such beautiful regalia. Also, t

6. Dakota Stone Rock Shop

23863 Palmer Gulch Rd, Hill City, SD 57745-6528 Sights & Landmarks, Mines
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Dakota Stone Rock Shop

Reviewed By Rehcsif - Plymouth, MinnesotaPlymouth, Minnesota

A great rock shop

We love rock shops... stopped at 4 or 5 during our trip to the Black Hills. This was definitely in the top 2 we stopped at, if not the best. The selection was great, the prices were decent (lower or on-par with other shops), and the staff was friendly and

7. The Farmer's Daughter

164 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-8001 Shopping, Antique Stores
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

The Farmer's Daughter

Our little store has a variety of treasures for you to find...new things, old things, and just maybe a little bit bold things! Our inventory changes every day which makes it refreshing and exciting to visit regularly! Stop in soon! We would love to see you!

Reviewed By Jodi56257 - Marietta, MinnesotaMarietta, Minnesota

Love This Place

We stop here every year. One of a kind store. This year we got 2 goats for our yard. Love them. Everyone need to stop and check them out. I'm sure you will enjoy your stop even if it's just to look at there metal art work.We are so honored that we are a s

8. South Dakota State Railroad Museum

222 Railroad Ave., Building A, Hill City, SD 57745 Museums, History Museums
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

South Dakota State Railroad Museum

A gathering place for railfans, especially those with an interest in South Dakota railroads. Pictures, facts, and history!

Reviewed By Rehcsif - Plymouth, MinnesotaPlymouth, Minnesota

We were a little disappointed

We love railroad museums and know the staff here are railfans and trying to do a good job and put on a good experience. I hate to not give this place a great review, but honestly we found it a little overpriced and small.Or maybe it was just my expectatio

9. Twisted Pine Winery

124 Main St, Hill City, SD 57745-8001 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Twisted Pine Winery

Largest selection of Dakota made wines, foods and gifts. We also carry wines from around the world, and offer daily wine tastings. In addition we carry olive oils and balsamic vinegar's, sauces, dips, meats and cheese. Fun filled atmosphere and great service!

Reviewed By TexasTom_8 - Dallas, TexasDallas, Texas

Great tasting experience!

My wife and I and two grown daughters stopped here to taste S. Dakota wines. One daughter lives in California wine country and my wife and I have been to the wine country many times so we know what we're doing when it comes to wine tasting. The server was

256 Main Street, Hill City, SD 57745 Shopping, Museums, Art Galleries
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5 based on 14 reviews

Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing

In the heart of the Black Hills, near Mt. Rushmore, the Jon Crane Gallery features local artist Jon Crane who has spent 42+ years recording America's rural landscape and buildings in detailed watercolor. The Gallery also showcases other amazing artists like: Peggy Detmers, JK Dooley, Joel Bielstein and designer Carey Denman. Enjoy a family friendly atmosphere of beautiful artwork and warm customer service at the Jon Crane Gallery in Hill City, SD.

Reviewed By LoveOurCabins - Hill City , SDHill City , SD

Love the Art, Love the Artist, Love Gail too!

This artist and his wife have the gift of gathering and acknowledging the best in people and places through his art and her steady presence behind the scenes - he captures the beauty of nature through his paintings in places that touch peoples heartfelt m

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