Discover the Black Hills

Four seasons of adventure await you in Rapid City and the Black Hills. From hiking to snowboarding, biking to paddle-boarding, the School of Mines location provides an exceptional range of outdoor recreation. There are also many shopping, restaurant and entertainment options, as well as area history and cultural attractions that draw millions of visitors from all over the world. A few miles to the north, the provides collaborations on cutting-edge science projects. The Black Hills also provide an unparalleled "lab" for geology, engineering and mining students.


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  • Rapid City is the 2nd largest city in the state of South Dakota
  • Population: about 70,000
  • Six-hour drive from Denver; direct flights daily to Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas


  • Four distinct seasons. July average temperature: high-86/low-58. December average temperature: high-38/low-13.
  • Average annual snowfall: 26 inches
  • Number of sunny days per year: 226
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Things to Enjoy

  • Hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, golf, skiing, snowboarding, rock-climbing, fishing, water sports
  • Art galleries and Art Alley, shopping, restaurants, theater, music events
  • Parks, museums, libraries, churches
  • A huge range of tourism venues that draw millions of visitors every year: , , (and many others), , historic
  • Rapid City's Main Street Square (boutiques and cafes . . . plus a statue of a president on every downtown corner)

Slideshow (below) and video (above) are courtesy of the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau (learn more at .