For information on Mount Rushmore, contact the Superintendent, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Hwy. 244, Building 31, Ste. 1, Keystone, SD 57751 (tel. 605/574-2523; www.nps.gov/moru). For information about Custer State Park, contact the park at 13329 U.S. Hwy. 16A, Custer, SD 57730 (tel. 605/255-4515; www.custerstatepark.com). To get information about Wind Cave, contact the Superintendent, Wind Cave National Park, 26611 U.S. Hwy. 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747 (tel. 605/745-4600; www.nps.gov/wica). For details on Jewel Cave, contact the Superintendent, Jewel Cave National Monument, 11149 U.S. Hwy. 16, Building B12, Custer, SD 57730 (tel. 605/673-8300; www.nps.gov/jeca). To get information about Crazy Horse, contact the Crazy Horse Memorial, Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730 (tel. 605/673-4681; www.crazyhorsememorial.org).
For information about the entire area, contact South Dakota Tourism, Capitol Lake Plaza, 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501-3369 (tel. 800/S-DAKOTA [732-5682] or 605/773-3301; www.travelsd.com), or the Black Hills Visitor Information Center, north side of I-90 at exit 61, Rapid City, SD 57701 (tel. 605/355-3600; www.blackhillsbadlands.com). Open 8am to 5pm.
Seasons & Climate
Summer days in the Black Hills are often sunny, with temperatures in the 80s (upper 20s-lower 30s Celsius), so a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen are advised. Temperatures often drop rapidly after sunset, particularly in the mountains. In the fall, sunny skies and crisp temperatures can make for pleasant conditions, though snowstorms may occur as early as September at higher elevations. Winter daytime temperatures average 20° to 40°F (-7° to 4°C), and icy roads are common. Even in spring, weather can often be cold and wet.
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