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Deadwood, South Dakota
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Historic Interest
Walking
Cycling
Horseback Riding
 
 
 

Deadwood, SD

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Deadwood is touristy. There are no two ways about it. But this once gold camp, all of which is a National Historic Landmark, merits a visit nonetheless. Outlaws, gamblers and prospectors, such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, made this rough and tumble town a Wild West legend. See a shoot out on Main Street. Watch the mock Trial of Jack McCall in the Deadwood Theatre. And should the kids tire of the Old West take to the trails. Hike or bike, all or part, of the 110-mile George S. Mickelson Trail. Ride horseback at a Wild West ranch. There's more than gambling and gold in them thar hills.
Getting There
 
Deadwood is located 41 miles (32 km) west of Rapid City and 89 miles northwest of Hot Springs, SD. And while it is a bit of a drive from most Black Hills attractions it is slightly cooler and more picturesque than Rapid City and Custer.
When to Travel
 
While there are is no right or wrong time of year to visit the Black Hills there are a few things to consider when traveling with kids. July is the warmest month (75°F or 24°C); January is the coldest (25°F or -4°C). Summer storms can be severe but tornados are a rarity. A katabatic wind called the Chinook can move the mercury 40°F in just 2 minutes. The western plains are semi-arid but the forests are not. The hills are the coolest spot in summer. The northern Black Hills receives more snow than elsewhere.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The Trial of Jack McCall is held in the Masonic Temple at 20:00 from late May to early September. The first act of this theatrical event is live shootout on Main Street. (Admission is charged to the trial but not the shootout.)
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Travel Trivia
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