Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City Travel Blog

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Centrally located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City is a destination offering a variety of shopping, dining, attractions and outdoor recreation. In Rapid City I had the opportunity to visit the Black Hills and discovered Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Devils Tower can recognize its shape from the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Devils Tower also holds the distinction of being our country's first national monument. It was established by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24, 1906 under the new Antiquities Act, making Wyoming the home of our first national park (Yellowstone in 1872) and our first national monument.


The park lies at the convergence of Black Hills pine forest with rolling plains grasslands. It features more than seven miles of hiking trails, which afford the opportunity for wildlife viewing, birding, and nature photography. More than 150 species of birds have been identified, including hawks, bald and golden eagles, turkey vulture, and prairie falcon. The predominant mammals are the white-tailed deer and the black-tailed prairie dog. The main feature of the park is the tower itself, the remnant of an ancient volcanic feature.
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