You’ll never be bored looking for things to do in the Black Hills on your next Black Hills Vacation. Located in the heart of the Black Hills, Kemp’s Kamp offers our guests immediate access to the Hills’ finest attractions. You’ll wish you had stayed with us sooner!
Check out our list of things to do in the Black Hills:
The oldest operating tour railroad in the nation, the 1880 Train offers an authentic train ride experience taking riders from Keystone to Hill City and back throughout the summer. Winding its way through the Black Hills, the 1880 Train runs right by Kemp’s Kamp, tooting its horn as it rounds the corner on the edge of camp! With its Keystone depot just two miles from our campground, the 1880 Train is a must for those with young children or those who want to enjoy a relaxing two-hour narrated journey through the hills.
With its iconic granite grandeur, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is the centerpiece to the immense excitement the Black Hills has to offer. Paying homage to some of our nation’s most influential leaders, Mount Rushmore remains one of the most famous landmarks in America. Just 5 miles away from Kemp’s Kamp, you’re sure to enjoy the many learning opportunities that await you at Mount Rushmore.
Formerly known as Rushmore Cave, Rush Mountain Adventure Park is more than just a cave, it’s a fantastic experience for people of all ages! Whether you’re soaring down their zipline, taking a ride on the mountain coaster, or taking a tour deep into the cave, unlimited fun is available for you just 15 minutes away from Kemp’s Kamp!
Did you know that when you stay at Kemp’s Kamp, you’re just 21 miles away from the world’s largest mountain carving at Crazy Horse Memorial? Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, Crazy Horse is a sight to behold with its jaw-dropping size and cultural significance to the Native American people of South Dakota and the United States. For those looking to take a history lesson in Native American culture, Crazy Horse Memorial needs to be at the top of your list!
Home to abundant adventure, Custer State Park is world famous for its herds of bison and beautiful landmarks such as the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Needles Highway, and Sylvan Lake. For those looking to enjoy wildlife, incredible hiking to places like Black Elk Peak, Little Devils Tower, and Sunday Gulch, and swimming at places like Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park may be the perfect place to visit on your next Black Hills vacation.
Have you ever seen bighorn sheep, elk, timber wolves, and BEARS all in 30 minute drive? If not, Bear Country is a must on your next Black Hills vacation. Located just outside of Rapid City and 17.3 miles from Kemp’s Kamp, Bear Country is a sight to behold with its long lineup of animals throughout the park, which include many adorable baby animals!
What do you get when you mix an endless assortment of reptiles with stunning birds and must-see exhibits? Oh that’s right! You get Reptile Gardens. Known for its enormous collection of reptiles from alligators to tortoises to deadly snakes, Reptile Gardens is a staple of the Black Hills with its large dome and interactive wildlife shows. Only 15 miles away from Kemp’s Kamp, Reptile Gardens offers fun for the entire family.
With millions of years backing its geological history, Badlands National Park offers visitors a glimpse back to prehistoric times with its sprawling formations, rugged landscape, and unique assortment of wildlife. Under 90 minutes from Kemp’s Kamp, the kids will love the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and adults will love the cool trails throughout the park offering an up close and personal look at million years of history with every step you take.
One of longest caves in the entire world, Wind Cave National Park is an often unseen jewel of the Black Hills. Recognized as the most complex cave system in the world, visitors love Wind Cave’s unforgettable cave tours. Just under an hour from Kemp’s Kamp, Wind Cave will take your breath away with its brilliant formations and sheer size.