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Top area attractions at Hotels near Wind Cave National Park in Hot Springs, South Dakota

Hot Springs, South Dakota is one of the warmest places in South Dakota and considered by many to be the gateway to the attractions of the southern Black Hills. When you come to our area, here is a suggestion of some of the top things to see and do while you are here. Please also feel free to ask our front desk staff for recommendations on other things to see and do.

MOUNT RUSHMORE

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States.

Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

ELEPHANT AT MUSEUM

The Mammoth Site
The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. You can tour an active paleontological dig site and view Ice Age fossils exhibited as they are found. Open year round, the Mammoth Site offers the museum visitor a 30-minute guided tour plus a 10-minute video.

Tour information features the Mammoth Site and Ice Age geology, paleontology, and paleoecology. Today, visitors to the museum observe first-hand a scientific excavation.

WATER SLIDES

Evans Plunge
Evans Plunge is a world-famous indoor pool and mineral spa. The gigantic pool is filled with rejuvenating naturally warm mineral water (87 degrees F), which flows from an enormous thermal spring at a rate of 5,000 gallons per minute.

These therapeutic waters are rumored to be quite healing and have soothed visitors for over 100 years. Today, Evans Plunge features water slides, Tarzan Rings, Run Tubes, Kids Pools, and a full-service health club.

WILD ANIMALS

Wind Cave National Park
The main features of this national park are the fact that it is home to one of the world's longest and most complex caves as well as 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and wildlife.

The cave is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park's mixed-grass prairie home to native wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs

3 HORSES

Wild Horse Sanctuary
The Wild Horse Sanctuary is where visitors can see hundreds of wild mustangs and their foals roaming free across wind swept prairies.

Travel back in time and view the rugged natural beauty of America as it was 100 years ago. Explore wild horse history and learn how important horses were to early man.

MOUNTAIN GREENERY

Custer State Park
Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife.

Within the park, you'll discover a world of adventure where you can take scenic drives, view wildlife, hike trails, fish, and much more.

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