Discover the Black Hills

Four seasons of adventure await you in Rapid City and the Black Hills. From hiking to snowboarding, biking to paddle-boarding, the School of Mines location provides an exceptional range of outdoor recreation. There are also many shopping, restaurant and entertainment options, as well as area history and cultural attractions that draw millions of visitors from all over the world. A few miles to the north, the Sanford Underground Research Facility provides collaborations on cutting-edge science projects. The Black Hills also provide an unparalleled "lab" for geology, engineering and mining students.


Airflight Travel Map
  • Rapid City is the 2nd largest city in the state of South Dakota
  • Population: about 70,000
  • Six-hour drive from Denver; direct flights daily to Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas
  • View the Interactive Campus Map ( Google map) to see our campus and the Black Hills area



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 SD 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