Getting to the "heart of it all" is easy. Centrally located in the United States, Rapid City rests along the eastern slope of the Black Hills. We are served by three major airlines and make a great first impression with our stunning view of Harney Range from Rapid City Regional Airport. There are mountains at our doorstep and in them you will find deep, crystal blue lakes, quiet woods, and so much to do that it’s an adventure. Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park and five National Parks and Monuments including Mt. Rushmore are just some of the attractions that you will find here. We are a city of neighbors and neighborhoods. More than three million friends visit us each year, so we get plenty of practice being good and gracious hosts. We take special delight in sharing with our guests the things we enjoy every day.


Monthly high temperature in January- 34 degrees; in July -86 degrees.

Annual average rainfall- 17inches

Annual average snowfall- 36 inches

The best months to visit Rapid City and the Black Hills are May through October, when the majority of the attractions are open. The National and State Parks, as well as many local museums and Crazy Horse Memorial are open year-round.


Welcome to the Banana Belt, one of the mildest climates in the Midwest. Protected by the beautiful Black Hills, Rapid City residents enjoy low humidity levels and infrequent precipitation. Extreme temperatures, either cold or hot, are very rare.

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Annual Average Rainfall

16.7 inches

Annual Average Snowfall

39.1 inches

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