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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

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Address: 8220 Elk Creek Road, Piedmont, SD 57769
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+1 800-846-2267

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Neat little stop while traveling

This was a neat place to stop and see many examples of petrified wood. It really isn't a petrified forest but more like a bunch of petrified wood in a nice, wooded area. The short... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This destination is a tourist trap that time forgot. It's clear the exhibits have not been updated in 2-3 decades. There is very little information about the geology outside of a poorly (and likely locally) produced video. The "theater" is a bare plywood room with 30 year old chairs. The self guided tour consists of about 20 stops with various... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We enjoyed the orientation movie and found it quite informative. The museum and the rock shop are both nice. The scenic view is lovely. We enjoyed the wildlife. Although the ground is uneven in places, we enjoyed our walk, and we found the petrified wood fascinating. This was a highlight of our trip to South Dakota.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This was a neat place to stop and see many examples of petrified wood. It really isn't a petrified forest but more like a bunch of petrified wood in a nice, wooded area. The short hike is really cool with very scenic views of the valley. The older gentleman there was great. He had a wealth of information. There is... More 

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oregon coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We lucked into this place when it was very quiet. We had no trouble driving our motorhome up and down the hill and had a nice picnic in the parking area. THe info presented during the movie and in the museum really helped us put the black hills into geologic perspective. It was illuminating! The trail was nice and the... More 

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Shreveport, LA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I read the previous review from the family of 5 and wanted to check it out! I really enjoyed listening to Mr. Scott explain how the Black Hills were formed. My husband fell asleep during the movie so I left to snooze in the museum while I walked the trail. I had the whole trail to myself. It was a... More 

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Smyrna, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I'd rec. this place if you are in the Black Hills / Rapid City area looking for something to do - and you have not been to or are not planning to go to some other better known sites for petrified wood. This site makes for a nice, short, interesting day-trip and walk. The opening video is a little slow;... More 

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Cambridge, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We stopped here while on vacation with our 3 kids (8, 5, and 2). The power was out due to a storm we followed in to town, so we missed the video some of the other reviewers have mentioned. The Petrified Forest attraction is located at the Elk Creek Resort. Once you get there, you drive through the resort and... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Fantastic stop. Best video for explaining the earth, and development of rocks and fossils in simple terms. The accompanying exhibits were curated well. Despite a thunderstorm and hail and power failure, we had a good time and readily forgave the outdated, dusty venue. Spruce it up folks. This is an instructive display, an illuminating walk, and deserves more attention.

Thank Patricia C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Great Stop! Different than expected as it is privately owned and operated, this is a plus. Video presentation starts the visit, well done in every day English, great understandable explanation of how the Black Hills and petrified wood were formed. Next a small, interesting museum, with understandable presentations. Then a not to difficult trail walk (I use a cane for... More 

Thank Dave M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

I loved this place. I like rocks. I like geology. The place is family run, so it isn't up to Disney standards, but it has THE BEST explanation of the formation of the Black Hills and the Badlands I have seen. We were fascinated with the Badlands and the Black Hills, but we never realized the two were connected eons... More 

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