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.
"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 a collaborations on cutting-edge science projects. The Black
Hills, themselves, provide an unparalleled "lab" for geology and mining
The Black Hills of South Dakota
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.
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