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  • Deadwood, Sturgis, Spearfish Region

    Gems of the Northern Hills

When you vacation in the northern Black Hills, you will be surrounded by an area synonymous with great stories of the gold rush and old west.

You will visit the haunts of such legendary figures as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as well as many other locations in the gaming town of Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark. This region is rich with Black Hills history.


Pactola is not a town, but rather a recreation district surrounding Lake Pactola Reservoir 19 miles west of Rapid City. The mountain lake has marinas, campgrounds, picnic areas, swimming beach and Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center. Heights above the lake are dotted with vacation home rentals and B&Bs hidden among the pines.


In the 1870s, Deadwood Gulch was the site of the last big frontier gold rush in North America.  Fueled by gold and greed, Deadwood began as a lawless camp of get-rich prospectors and a business district comprised largely of saloons, dance halls, card parlors and bodacious bordellos.


The city of Spearfish is the "All Four Seasons" capital of South Dakota for recreation. Located at the mouth of idyllic Spearfish Canyon, a National Scenic Byway, the community is headquarters for vacationers, hunters, fishermen and snowmobilers.


Summerset is one of the newest city in South Dakota, incorporated on June 7, 2005. It is the first city to be incorporated in South Dakota since 1985. Located in Meade County, Summerset is located 10 miles north of Rapid City off Interstate 90, Exit 48 or Exit 51. The city’s boundaries extend from mile markers 50 to 46 on both sides of Interstate 90.


This tiny mountain town sets on the edge of Paradise Valley, overshadowed by Steamboat Rock mountain, about midway between Rapid City and Deadwood.  Nemo was first established in 1877, but began to flourish in 1898 when Homestake set up camp to harvest timber for use in their gold mine near


Interstate 90 travels through this scenic rural valley that stretches 25 miles between Rapid City and Sturgis. The villages of Piedmont and Black Hawk are along the route. Natural history attractions include a petrified forest, a crystal cave and geology-rich Little Elk Canyon. Local resorts and campgrounds cater to vacationers, turkey hunters and outdoorsmen.


A gateway community with 7,000 residents on I-90 at Exits 30 and 32. Featuring the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Black Hills National Cemetery, Bear Butte State Park, Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and Wonderland Cave. Enjoy the local public golf course and scenic drives through Vanocker Canyon or Boulder Canyon.


High in the Black Hills, surrounded by Ponderosa pine forests, meandering trout streams and magnificent mountain meadows, is one of South Dakota's most memorable communities — Lead. We pronounce it as "Leed."

South Dakota's Outdoor Recreation Capital — home to two major downhill ski area; southern gateway to Spearfish Canyon; direct access to Mickelson Trail; 300 miles of groom snowmobile trails; miles of cross-country ski trails; mountain climbing; hunting; fishing and golfing.


Located on the banks of Rapid Creek in the northern Black Hills is the old gold mining town of Rochford. Not typical of a Western town, Rochford had very little violence, unlike the wild and woolly Lead and Deadwood just 21 miles to the north.

Rochford was founded in February 1877 by R.B. Hughes and M.D. Rochford. In March 1877, a mining district was established. By December 1878, Rochford had 200 houses, a population of 500, a solid block of stores with wooden, canopied sidewalks, a couple of doctors and a good school.  By 1900 only a post office and 48 residents remained.

Belle Fourche

In addition to outstanding antique shops, motels, museums, campgrounds and restaurants, Belle Fourche is home to one of America's premier rodeos — The Black Hills Roundup. You'll discover summer concerts in Herrmann Park; the Center of the Nation All Car Rally each June; Air Shows; and excellent outdoor recreation at nearby Orman Dam and the Belle Fourche Country Club.


Whitewood, named after nearby birch and aspen trees, sits on the northeast edge of the Black Hills in a pretty valley with Whitewood Creek flowing alongside the town. The town is conveniently located along I-90 at Exit 23 where guests can choose from several motels, restaurants and other activities in the area.