Custer Days Inn
519 Crook St.
Custer, SD 57730
Nightly Rates (114.99 - 144.99)
Centrally located in the beautiful Black Hills; the closest Days Inn to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Wind Ca e National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. 48 rooms, Family & Jacuzzi Suites - Expanded Continental Breakfast. Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access Central location to all attractions! Chairman's Award Winner - 5 Sunbursts We offer 48 beautiful, clean and comfortable rooms and suites which await your arrival. Complimentary Continental breakfast, outdoor hot tub, high speed internet, fitness facility and sauna at no extra charge! Custer is also home to the Mickelson Trail, one of the nations best hiking/biking trails. The Custer Days Inn is the place to stay and enjoy all the Black Hills has to offer! Mount Rushmore is only minutes away, and nearby, the carvings of Crazy Horse is a work in progress. Experience the vast beauty of the Black Hills National Forest, explore the deep mysteries of Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument, and climb the scenic heights of Harney Peak and the Needles Highway. Devil's Tower is just a short drive through the Black Hills. Then come back to Custer for a pleasant nights rest. Jump in our invigorating hot tub for a relaxing soak! Tomorrow is another adventurous day in the Black Hills. Get a close-up view of nature in Custer State Park. Wander through a mountain meadow and see one of the largest free roaming herds of buffalo. Hike into the forest and spot bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Although, season may change, the beauty and excitement never ends in Custer.
24 Hour Front Desk
Free Local Telephone Calls
Modem Lines in Room
Fitness Center or Spa
Number of rooms: 43
Number of handicapped rooms: 2
Number of smoking rooms: 4
Number of King rooms: 2
Number of Floors: 2
Number of non-smoking rooms: 39
Number of Suites: 4
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American Dollars is the native currency.
Check in time is 02:00 PM
Check out time is 11:00 AM
Time Zone is MST
Located downtown Custer on Highway US 16/385, at the corner of Crook St.
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Bumbin Buffalo Bar & Grill
350 Main Street Hill City, SD 57745 605-574-2400 "The only brewpub in the central and southern Black Hills. Located in a historic 1902 building listed on the National Historic Register." Lunch and Dinner served daily in summer.
511 Mt. rushmore Road PO Box 631 Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4477 Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. One of Custer's best!
Elk Canyon Restaurant
738 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-5255
US 16/385 North Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4412
5441 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4920
Blue Bell Lodge Tatanka Dining Room
HC 83 Box 63 Custer, SD 57730 605-255-4531
US 16 WEst Custer, SD 57730 605-673-3195
Dakota Cowboy Restaurant
140 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4402
Flintstone Bedrock City Drive-Inn
Hwy 16 & 385 208 West Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4613
Heritage Village Restaurant
US 16 W Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2324
Laughing Water Restaurant
1 Village drive Crazy Horse, SD 57730-9506 605-673-4761
Legion Lake Restaurant
Avenue of the Chiefs Crazy Horse, SD 57730-9506 605-673-4681
Old Fashion Ice Cream Shop
HC 83 Box 67 Custer, SD 57730 605-255-4521
19 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4070 605-673-4715
Sage Creek Grille
429 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2020
State Game Lodge-Historic Pheasant Dining Room
607 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2424
833 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4900
Sylvan Lake-Lakota Dining Room
HC 83 Box 74, Hwy 16A Custer, SD 57730 605-255-4541
437 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2722
RR 2, Box 240 Custer, SD 57730 605-574-2561
US Hwy 16 West 465 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2037
302 Mt. Rushmore Road Custer, SD 57730 605-673-4271
Rocky Knolls, a challenging 9-hole course set in the peaceful pines of the Black Hills. Open to the public. Visitors welcome! 1/2 mile west on 16 (673-4481 for tee time) Buffalo Short Driving Range and Mini-Golf, target greens, sand trap with chipping green, state of the art mats, elevated grass tee. 10 holes of mini golf, 7AM to 9PM, 2 miles east of Custer on Hwy 16A (673-5119)
Custer Municipal Pool/Crook & 3rd street, (Just one block from Custer Days Inn!) Custer StatePark/Beaches at: Center Lake, Legion Lake & Sylvan Lake.
Shopping and Restaurants
within walking distance
Tennis, Horseshoe, and Volleyball courts, Lawn Game area
Tennis, Horseshoe, and Volleyball courts, Lawn Game area Free city tennis, horseshoe, volleyball and lawn games (three blocks from Custer Days Inn!)
Mountain Bike Rentals and Tours
Mountain Bike Rentals and Tours Trailside Bikes at the Mica depot near Harbach Park at the Mickelson Trailhead (Just two blocks from our front door!). Custom guided tours. Information at Trailside Bikes at the Mica depot near Harbach Park at the Mickelson Trailhead. (673-5526)
Centennial & Mickelson Trails
Stockade and Bismarck Lakes
Black Hills Forest
Guided spelunking adventures available at both Wind Cave and Jewel Cave mid-June to mid-August. Strenuous. 16 year-olds and up. 3 to 4 hour underground trek. Reservations: (no earlier than 1 month ahead) Wind Cave (745-4600), Jewel Cave (673-2288).
City of Custer
Snowmobiling on 310 miles of SD trail system through secluded valleys to mountain vistas. Off-trail riding on Black Hills National Forest virtually unlimited. Cross Country Skiing on snowmobile trails, the George S. Mickelson, Harney Range, or Beaver Creek Trail Systems, or make your own track in the Black Hills National Forest.
Custer State Park
4th of July Fireworks
Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials
Recreations Badlands National Park
Custer State Park; Mickelson Trail; Mammoth Site
Evans Plunge; National Museum Woodcarving
Devils Tower; Deadwood; Historical Hill City
Rocky Knolls Golf Course
9 hole public
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally;Overdrive Rally
History of Custer and Black Hills
Until the Indians first laid eyes on these majestic peaks, no one had seen the Black Hills. Beneath the towering granite spires lay undiscovered treasures of clear streams, deep forest, and boundless wildlife. To the Indians, this is where the Great Spirit lived and still lives to this day. When one sees the natural wonders that surround Custer, they will understand why the Indians were so enchanted.
In 1874, General George Custer led the 7th Cavalry on a scientific Expedition into the Black Hills. His mission was to confirm the growing speculations of gold. After traveling across the rolling Dakota prairie, Custer and his men were welcomed by the splendor of these mystical mountains. From their camp near the present day city of Custer, they found wealth beyond gold: The enduring beauty of the Black Hills.
With the discovery of gold, a steady flow of eager prospectors began to fill the French Creek Valley. Following them were: businessmen, laborers, and professionals that would build the nearby city of Custer. From its beginning, Custer was built to accommodate visitors, as its streets were wide enough to turn a wagon train around.
Today, these same wide streets are lined with some of the best motels and restaurants in the Black Hills. Make Custer the center of your vacation and see the Hills from here. Its just a short drive to every major attraction in western South Dakota.
Centrally located in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest, the Custer Days Inn is the closest Days Inn to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park (the nation's second largest state park and home of thousands of buffalo!), Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. Custer is also home to the Mickelson Trail, one of the nation's best hiking/biking trails. The Custer Days Inn is the place to stay and enjoy all the Black Hills has to offer!
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Box 268 Keystone, SDD 57751 605-574-2523 605-574-2307 FAX Perhaps Mount Rushmore National Memorial's greatest impact on visitors is the realization that it truly stands as a powerful symbol of America. Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mount Rushmore, chose the four presidents to stand as epic symbols of our nation: Washington, " father of the nation;" Jefferson, prime author of the Declaration of Independence; Roosevelt, trust-buster, conservationist and expansionist; Lincoln, the great emancipator who preserved the Union. Borglum saw the scenic heartland of America as exactly the place to realize his dream of carving a mountain memorial to the great leaders upon whose principles and actions the nation was founded, expanded and sustained. The heads on Mount Rushmore are 60 ft (18 m) high, scaled to men who would stand 465 feet (141 m) tall if fully carved. Each nose is 20 feet (6.4 m) long, and the eyes are 11 feet (3.6 m) wide. Lincoln's mole is 16 inches (40.6 cm) across. Borglum redesigned the monument nine times during the construction, fully intending to carve the presidents to the waist. He died in 1941, his work unfinished. Specifics: Admission to the memorial is free, and the visitor center is open daily, year-round. Visitors should plan to spend at least one hour at the monument. From May to early September, the National Park Service conducts special interpretive programs, provides tours of Borglum's studio and presents a 30-minute evening lighting program in an outdoor amphitheater. Park rangers will give brief presentations to motorcoach groups with advance notice. The gift shop and dining area are open year round.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Avenue of the Chiefs Crazy Horse, SD 57730-9506 605-673-4681 605-673-2185 FAX Admission: Adult $6, Children under 6 free or $15 per carload. Group Rates: Adults $4.75, High School Groups $2, Youth Groups $1, Senior Citizens $4.50 All rates are per person. A fifth granite face is emerging in the Black Hills. The colossal Crazy Horse mountain carving, now in progress, can be seen just 17 miles (27.4 km) from Mount Rushmore. Crazy Horse is the largest sculptural undertaking ever-on a scale with the Egyptian pyramids. When completed, it will tower 563 feet (171.6 m) high, 641 (1195 m) long and be carved in the round. Visitors can watch history in the making as drilling and blasting continue on the features of the emerging, nine-story head and face of Crazy Horse. In 1939, Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve an Indian memorial in the Black Hills. Though Korczak died in 1982, the sculptor's wife and family continue the non-profit project. Specifics: Crazy Horse Memorial is open year-round. Visitors can see the sculpture from a viewing veranda, tour the Indian Museum of North America and the sculptor's studio-home and workshop. A gift shop and dining room are located on site. Visitors should plan so spend at least one and a half hours at Crazy Horse. Located approximately one-half hour (17 miles/ 27.4 km) from Mount Rushmore and 5 miles (8 km) north of Custer on Hwy 16/385.
Custer State Park
HC 83, Box 70 Custer, SD 57730 605-255-4515 605-255-4460 FAX Admission: (May 1 to Oct 31) Temporary 1-7 day park entrance license $3 per person or $8 per vehicle. (Nov 1 to April 30) Temporary 1-7 day park entrance license $2 per person or $5 per vehicle. Motorcoach fee: $1 per person, year round Custer State Park covers 73,000 acres (29,200 ha), making it one of the largest state parks in the nation. From its northern sector, in the shadow of 7,242-foot0high (2207m) Harney Peak, to the forest, meadows, and prairie inlest of its southeast corner, Custer State Park offers something for everyone. Two unique drives through the park include the Needles Highway (87) and Iron Mountain Road (16A). Needles Highway curves and winds through roads that experts said couldn't be built. Iron Mountain Road is perhaps the most scenic approach to Mount Rushmore. The 17-mile (27.4 km) route features pigtail bridges and three granite tunnels that frame the faces of Mount Rushmore. Overnight guests can settle into one of four enchanting lodges or seven different campgrounds. From the State Game Lodge, visitors often take jeep rides to see one of the largest publicly owned buffalo hers in the country. Other park inhabitants such as elk, whitetail deer, coyotes, wild turkey and golden eagles can often be seen along the 19-mile (29 km) Wildlife Loop road. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are popular on numerous trails throughout the park. Entertainment includes the Black Hills Playhouse, where dramas, comedies and musicals are presented throughout the summer; living history demonstrations and naturalist programs conducted by rangers; and chuckwagon suppers and hayrides into the inner reaches of the park. Specifics: Custer State Park is open year-round. Lodges are open May through mid-October. From I-90 and Rapid City, take U.S. Highway 16 and 16A south about 40 miles (64 km). Or take highways 385 and 87 north from Hot Springs. Or Highway 79 to Highway 36, which leads into the park.
Black Hills National Forest
RR 2, Box 200 Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2251 Special note: Although the national forest is an attraction itself, visitors sometimes do not understand that they are actually in the MIDST of the vast forest when visiting Black Hills attractions. "Paha Sapa" the Lakota call them-"Hills that are Black"-because their pine-covered slopes look as dark as shadows from afar. The 1.2 million-acre (485,640 ha) Black Hills National Forest covers an area almost as big as Delaware, and is a recreational wonderland. Hiking, riding, and climbing opportunities abound, and the rugged granite formations and panoramic views inspire excellent photography. The Black Elk Wilderness was established in 1980 to protect 9,824 acres (3930 ha) of rugged mountain country for animals like mountain goats and deer. Harney Peak, the highest point in the hills, towers 7,242 feet (2200 m) at the heart of the wilderness. Specifics: Admission to the forest is free. The Black Hills National Forest Visitor Center at Pactola is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Visitor Center has exhibits on the history and ecology of the Hills, educational demonstraions, as well as information services. Located on Hwy 85 near Pactola Lake.
Jewel Cave National Monument
RR 1, Box 60AA Custer, SD 57730 605-673-2288 Cave Tour Fees: Scenic tours (1hr 20 min) and Historic tours (1 hr 30 min) Adults - $5 Children - $2.50 Golden Age Passport Holders - $2.50 Target Room Tours (25 min-recommended for visitors unable to negotiate other trails) Adults and Children - $2 Golden Age Passport Holders - $1 Spelunking Tours (4-5 hours) Specific requirements regarding dress and eligibility. Reservations required. Adults - $15 (these prices may be subject to change) West of Custer, South Dakota, beneath the floor of Hell Canyon, lies a wonderland far removed from the forest and mountains above, but still an integral part of the Black Hills. this is the maze of Jewel Cave, the fourth-longest cave system in the world, with more than 100 explored miles (160 km). Jewel Cave takes its name from glittering calcite crystals that line its walls. Specifics: Jewel Cave National Monument is open year-round. Scenic, historic, target room and caving/spelunking tours are offered from the Visitor Center. There are some restrictions for groups; please call ahead. Take Hwy 16 west from Custer, 13 miles (20.9 km), approximately 20-25 minutes.
Wind Cave National Park
RR 1, Box 190 Hot Springs, SD 57747 605-745-4600 605-745-4207 FAX Cave Tour Fees: Ages 16-61 - $3 - $10 Ages 6-15 - $1.50 - $2.50 One of the nation's oldest national parks, Wind Caves became part of the park system in 1903. The park began with the cave and some surface land, expanding in later years to the present 28,000 acres (11,200 ha) above ground. Today, Wind Cave National Park actuallly houses two worlds: the terrain and wildlife of the surface, and the hidden labyrinth beneath the surface, a 73 mile (117km) maze of rare and unusual boxwork, frostwork, and popcorn formations. Specifics: Wind Cave National Park is open year-round. five different types of cave tours-ranging from historic candlelight tours to adventurous caving/spelunking tours to easy, 45-minute tour-are offered. Tours originate from the Visitor Center. Located 10 miles (16 km) north of Hot Springs. There is no park entrance fee, but there is a fee for cave tours.
Badlands National Park
Box 6 Interior, SD 57750 605-433-5361 605-433-5404 FAX Admission: $5 per vehicle. Motorcoaches pay $50, plus $2-$6 per person. Fees subject to change according to national park policy. Thirty-seven Million years of wind and water erosion have carved and eerie sight from the vast prairies of western South Dakota. Steep precipices, saw-edged spires and colored grassy-topped buttes form a strange and beautiful landscape that tells the story of Earth's history. This is the Badlands, 244,000 acres (98,746 ha) of primordial landscape. Pink and brown bands of sandstone, sedimentary layers laid down by volcanic ash and long expired rivers stain the steep cliffs and canyon walls. The skeletons of ancient camels, three-toed horses, saber-toothed tigers, and giant rhinoceros-like creatures among the many fossilized species found here. Living creatures abound as well. Buffalo, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, coyotes and prairie dogs have the run to the park and can often be seen by visitors. The entire park is open to hiking. Six marked trails provide leisurely walk ranging from a 1/4 mile (.4 km) loop past fossil displays to a 5 1/4-mile (8.5 km) one-way path across the prairie. Park rangers conduct interpretive programs daily throughout the summer and offer special presentations like a night mystery walk across the prairie or an early morning nature walk. Specifics: Badlands National Park is open year round. Drive time from Rapid City is approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours on I-90 (exits 110 or 131). Recommended drive time for the Badlands loop (Hwy 240): one to two hours. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Cedar Pass offers interpretive programs and/or videos daily. Lodging, food, and souvenirs are available April to mid-October at the Cedar Pass Concession. Call to confirm season open/close dates.
George S. Mickelson Trail
(Information) Game, Fish, and Parks Parks and Recreation Division 523 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501-3182 605-773-3391 Admission: $2 per day/$6 per season service fee(except for pedestrians) age 16 years and older. This 110-mile hiking/biking trail in the Black Hills is open for use. The Mickelson trail features a packed gravel surface and meanders past stunning forest scenery. The trail is built along a former railroad corridor; it's level grade makes it an ideal outing for users of all ages and abilities.
Black Hills Playhouse
Theater productions Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM, June through August. Located near Center Lake in Custer State Park off SD 87. For reservations and performance information, (605-255-4551). (605-394-7797 winter).
1881 Courthouse Museum
411 Mt. Rushmore Rd. 605-673-2443 Free Custer County and Black Hills historical museum(donations welcome). Mining, lumbering, historical vehicles, blacksmith, and printing shops, rocks, minerals, wildlife, American Indian displays, photos from General George Armstrong Custer's 1874 expedition to the Black Hills, early 19th century schoolroom, courtroom, period fashions, and ranching gear. Bookstore featuring regional literature, exclusively designed museum products. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day in Sept.
Black Hills Balloons
www.rapidnet.com/~balloons 605-673-2520 1-800-568-5320 605-673-4092 FAX There is nothing as majestic as the world viewed from a hot air balloon! Sunrise/sunset champagne plus tours. Reservations required.
Flintstones Bedrock City
605-673-4079 Walk through theme park. Bedrock City Express Train Ride, Mount Rockmore, Flintstone movies, car rides, 20 fun-filled Bedrock City businesses and homes. Large playground. Drive-in and souvenir shop. Open daily mid-May through Labor Day. West edge of City on 16.
Four Mile Old West Town
Where the old west comes alive. "The American Heritage Museum of the Black Hills." Historic tours include: Lost Ghost Town, stage coach, water hole, and stockade. Family fun that is entertaining and adventuresome. 4 miles west of Custer, SD on Hwy 16, Open 8 AM weekdays, 10 AM Sundays. 605-673-3905. Free admission for kids 10 and under accompanied by parents.
605-673-4761 Open 8AM to 8PM Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. "A touch of South Dakota" gift shop, trail rides through the national forest, Native American and Western art gallery. Full hook-up camping, cabins, tent spaces, and tipi camping with clean bath house and laundry. "A Village Jamboree," offers a fast paced "Branson", class 2-hour country music/variety show. Call for show reservations. Come for dinner....stay for the show. Dinner and Show package available. Plenty of free parking available. Reservations recommended. 3 miles north of Custer on 16/385 next to Crazy Horse Mountain.
Mountain Music Show
PO Box 183 Custer SD 57730 605-673-2405 Custer's original country music show with Pee Wee Dennis and family. Country, Bluegrass, and traditional music. Cleam family comedy and entertainment. Showtime 8PM nightly. Memorial day to Labor Day. Next to Flintstones Bedrock city.
L and J Circle Tours
605-673-4349 605-673-5338 FAX Let us know where you want to go! Personalized, narrated tours of the Southern Hills. Fourteen and seven passenger vans driven by experienced drivers can provide a relaxing tour of Custer State Park, the Needles Highway, Iron Mt. Road, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy horse. we also are available for night lighting ceremonies or trips to deadwood, Hot Springs, or other surrounding areas. Need a step-on guide?? We can provide that or we can even rent you one of our vehicles. Located one mile east of Custer on 16A or call us and we'll pick you up at your Black Hills site.
National Museum of Woodcarving
673-4404 Largest collection of carvings by Disneyland animator. Work done with marvelous detail and great humor. gallery features the work of nationally recognized contemporary professional woodcarvers. Display and sale of over 20 of the top caricature carvers in America. Expanded carving area with classes May Through September. Snack shop and gift store. Open daily May through October. 3 miles west on 16.
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