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Hill City / Keystone

Hill City is a picturesque town located in the heart of the Black Hills region in South Dakota, United States. Known as the “Heart of the Hills,” Hill City offers a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and a vibrant arts community. 


Here’s a description of Hill City:

Hill City is situated in the southern Black Hills, surrounded by rolling hills, towering Ponderosa pines, and stunning rock formations. It is located near popular attractions such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Custer State Park.


Hill City boasts a charming and well-preserved historic downtown. The streets are lined with charming shops, art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques housed in historic buildings. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, making it a delightful place to explore and experience small-town charm.


Hill City is known for its thriving arts community. The town is home to numerous art galleries and studios showcasing the work of local and regional artists. 


One of the highlights of Hill City is the 1880 Train, a historic steam train that runs between Hill City and Keystone. Riding the train is a popular tourist activity, offering a scenic journey through the beautiful Black Hills landscape. It provides a unique opportunity to experience the nostalgia of travel in a bygone era


Hill City is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, making it a hub for outdoor enthusiasts. The nearby Black Hills National Forest offers an abundance of recreational activities, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Mickelson Trail, a converted rail trail, passes through Hill City, providing a scenic route for walking, cycling, and horseback riding.


The neighboring town of Keystone, SD is known as the Gateway to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and it has its own unique blend of history, outdoor beauty, and tourist attractions. 


In addition to Mount Rushmore, Keystone offers a range of tourist attractions to explore. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities like panning for gold, riding vintage steam trains, or exploring caves in the nearby area. There are also museums and exhibits that showcase the rich history and culture of the region.


Keystone is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Black Hills, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The area offers hiking trails, scenic drives, and biking routes that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes. Horseback riding, rock climbing, and fishing are popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Drive Times


  • I-90 E & W
  • US Hwy 14
  • US Hwy 16
  • US Hwy 85
  • US Hwy 385
  • WY Hwy 24
  • WY Hwy 585
  • WY Hwy 111


  • Greyhound Bus station locations
  • 1. Gillette, WY
  • 2. Spearfish, SD
  • 3. Rapid City, SD


  • Rapid City Regional Airport – 35 miles
  • Gillette-Campbell Regional Airport - 134 miles
  • Black Hills Municipal Airport - 54 miles
  • Belle Fourche Municipal Airport - 74 miles
  • Hulett Municipal Airport – 111 miles
  • Custer County Airfield - 17 miles
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Activities & Attractions

Mount Rushmore National Memorial


South Dakota State Railroad Museum


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