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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

8220 Elk Creek Rd, Piedmont, SD 57769-7208
+1 800-846-2267
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Pleasant surprise...but not for kids

Nice 15 minute video sets the stage, and then fairly easy self guided walking tour. The map was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michael F
via mobile
What a mistake

We saw the sign for this place on the highway on our way from rapid city to Deadwood. It's up a... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
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8220 Elk Creek Rd, Piedmont, SD 57769-7208
+1 800-846-2267
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"gift shop"
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"geology"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice 15 minute video sets the stage, and then fairly easy self guided walking tour. The map was excellent and included explanations of artifacts. This is not an exciting type of tour, but is interesting and informative. Great way to get some background on the...More

Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We saw the sign for this place on the highway on our way from rapid city to Deadwood. It's up a steep and rocky dirt road behind a "resort" place which seemed more like a trailer park without any trailers. When you get to the...More

2  Thank cruisings
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We were really disappointed in this. First off....if you don't take my advise and go anyway, take the complimentary vehicle up the hill. Horribly rutted and could damage a small car. The gift shop was old, dated, dusty, and not much to look at. We...More

1  Thank Ronda O
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

If you are a rock hound and love to hear about how the Badlands and the surrounding area (Rapid City, Custer, Hot Springs) consisting of 140+ miles in South Dakota lands are formed, then you should stop here before you begin your travels around the...More

Thank Cat E
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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...More

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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...More

1  Thank Mark F
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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...More

2  Thank SandeeAndy
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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...More

1  Thank sealrocker
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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...More

1  Thank RMeChic
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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...More

2  Thank Hrothmir
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62pegylina
7 March 2017|
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Response from cruisings | Reviewed this property |
This is a very mom and pop it's just a walk not a tour and you could stroll your pet tiger tiger through and nobody would care
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Zingger1
23 June 2016|
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Response from rollandhand | Reviewed this property |
No. No way. I thought I mentioned that in the review.
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