Finding Family Fun in the Black Hills

Family fun at Dinosaur Park in the Black Hills.

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It’s easy to know when you’ve reached the Black Hills. Endless stretches of plains evolve into rolling hills darkly shaded with the evergreen of Ponderous pines. Within these dense slopes, families can find adventure, fun, nostalgia and more. While made famous to many thanks to the Americana monument of Mount Rushmore, these storied hills have something for everyone hidden within the forest.

  • Storybook Island: Let your imagination take flight in this themed park where your favorite fairytales have leaped off the pages to create this free walk-through attraction.
  • Reptile Gardens: This large collection of creepy crawlies invites you to see amphibians, bugs, reptiles, snakes and everything with scales and tales up close and personal.
  • Wind Cave National Park: Sometimes the best gems are hidden from view. One such beauty is a twisting and winding cave, one of the longest in the world.
  • Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway: Best seen in autumn surrounded by fall foliage, this 22 mile journey will have everyone’s faces pressed against the window.
  • Crazy Horse Memorial: This mountain monument under continual construction looks a little bit different every time you visit. The carving depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior.
  • Dinosaur Park: Looming over Rapid City are seven dinosaur sculptures, set on one of the city’s highest points. Hike to the top and see the Black Hills from their point of view.
  • Bear Country USA: Drive through this wildlife park where bears, wolves, buffalo and more roam right up to the car.
  • Alpine Slide: An adventure park with tramway, zip-line and treetop obstacle course gives you a view of Mount Rushmore complete with adventure.
  • Main Street Square: The heart of Rapid City offers something unique year-round, whether it’s the summer concert series or winter ice skating.

About Canyon Lake Resort

The Canyon Lake Resort is a family owned and operated motel and cabins. Located in Rapid City, SD, the mountain lodge style accommodations provide an out of town feel, with in town appeal. Guests can stay shoreside at the 11 motel rooms, 10 cabins, and five-bedroom house. For more information, visit www.canyonlakeresortsd.com.


  • Rachel romero April 20, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Interested in renting a cabin in the month of May. 19, 20.


    • Alyssa Derby April 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Rachel! We have a variety of cabin sizes to choose from! Please call the motel manager Lynn at 605-343-0234. She’ll be able to answer all your questions and book your stay. Thanks so much!


  • Robert Lee July 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Very interested in your reunion facility. We are 42 strong, 16 adults and 26 grand kids.
    We just completed a great reunion this past week. Interested in The first part of July 2016.


    • Alyssa Derby October 19, 2015 at 2:27 am

      Hi Bob! The 2016 summer rates for the Reunion Lodge are $950 per night for the first level and $850 per night for the second level. The first level sleeps 20 and the second level sleeps 18. Sounds like we could be a great getaway for your family with our additional motel rooms and cabins to accommodate the whole crew. We’d love to speak with you! Please call the motel manager Lynn at 605-343-0234. She’ll be able to answer all your questions and book your stay. Thanks so much!


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