Rapid City and the Black Hills

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is fortunate to be set in a community that offers students many activities and diversions, and in a part of the country rich in natural resources and scenic beauty. 

Rapid City

Rapid City

"Ideal." That describes our location in a city that is the region's economic and cultural center and is in the heart of the Upper Midwest's foremost wilderness area. From shopping, restaurants and entertainment to snowboarding and solitude, the School of Mines location provides you with an exceptional range of out-of-class opportunities. There's a great American spirit here and endless things to do.  A few miles away, the Sanford Underground Research Facility provides collaborations on cutting-edge science projects.  The Black Hills, themselves, provide an unparalleled "lab" for geology and mining students.

The Black Hills of South Dakota

Mount Rushmore

One of the most historic and beautiful places in the Midwest, the million-plus-acre Black Hills National Forest and surrounding area is far more than Mount Rushmore and outlaw legends. The Black Hills boasts some of the best hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking in the country, fabulous caves, remote canyons, abundant wildlife, forests, and other natural attractions. All close to campus and a part of the School of Mines experience. Students love outdoor recreation opportunities like snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, powwows, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, boating, hunting, and lots more.