Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial
My XO Adventures provides the highest rated tours of the Black Hills and Badlands. We pick you up and drop you off directly from your accommodations in Rapid City, Keystone, or Custer and take you to the Black Hills of South Dakota.
This private tour visits all the monuments of the Southern Black Hills, and opens the book on the history, biology and geography of the great Paha Sapa. Some animals seen in our experience are bison (buffalo), pronghorn, antelope, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, burros, and various birds!
Mount Rushmore, our first stop, is where we accompany you and provide background on its creation and meaning. We'll spend time at the Grand Overlook, Visitors Center and if you're up for it, take a short hike on the Presidential Trail for some incredible views.
Leaving the memorial, we enjoy beautiful vistas of Iron Mountain Road, leading us to the entrance of Custer State Park. We enjoy a stop at the visitors center before venturing off via wildlife loop road to see the animals and hear stories from the sacred past of the Black Hills.
Custer State Park comprises 71,000 acres of the Black Hills and is full of granite peaks, wildlife, and adventure.
Once you've taken in all the beauty Custer State Park has to offer, we enjoy a picnic lunch and then onto needle's eye tunnel. Said to be impossible to build, Needles Highway takes us directly through the Needle's Eye tunnel and Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.
Long before settlers came through the area, this was and still is the land of the Lakota. The Black Hills are incredibly sacred to the Lakota. Crazy Horse Memorial and the indigenous people of the land work hard to keep the stories and traditions alive.
The Memorial is unfinished, but you'll learn about the progression of the monument and the family and workers involved in its creation. In comparison, Mount Rushmore National Memorial will fit inside Crazy Horses' Head!
When you're looking for guided tours of the Black Hills, you've found a team that are passionate about this little slice of heaven.
After your tour with My XO Adventures keep in mind there are plenty of other great attractions in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Please visit our page, Discover the Black Hills to find out helpful tips, restaurant recommendations in Rapid City and additional information. We also have a page on the Wildlife of the Black Hills and Badlands, weather in the Black Hills and natural resources throughout Black Hills National Forest.