Our Location Rocks. Literally.

Located on a 118-acre campus in the eastern foothills of the beautiful Black Hills, South Dakota Mines is just 35 minutes from Mt. Rushmore and an hour from Badlands National Park. The Black Hills area is known for a milder climate than other parts of the state, a climate more akin to the front-range of Colorado. Our winters are warmer and our summers cooler, making us a perfect climate for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and more.

Though our temperatures tend to be milder, we do have unpredictable weather – perfect for atmospheric science majors on campus.

Located one hour to the northwest of Rapid City you will find Lead, SD, home to the Sanford Underground Research Facility. SURF, as it’s called, is base to world-renowned research and science experiments involving scientists from around the world as well as students from South Dakota Mines.


  • Rapid City is the 2nd largest city in the state of South Dakota
  • Population: approximately 75,000 
  • Six-hour drive from Denver, eight-hour drive to Minneapolis; direct flights to Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and Phoenix.


Things to Enjoy

Dining in The Black Hills

Hotel Recommendations

When making your reservation at The Rushmore or the Howard Johnson, mention that you're visiting South Dakota Mines for a special rate.

The Rushmore Hotel & Suites
445 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701 

Hotel Alex Johnson
523 Sixth St., Rapid City, SD 57701 
Use this  link to make your reservation and receive a special rate.

Howard Johnson
950 North St., Rapid City, SD 57701 

Slideshow (below) and video (above) are courtesy of the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau (learn more at www.VisitRapidCity.com.