Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills & Badlands
Saturday June 15 to Tuesday, June 18
South Dakota: Badlands & Custer State Park
Join us for a long weekend as we travel west to the memorable and inspiring destination that make up the Great Faces and Badlands of South Dakota. Enjoy experiencing the points of interests such as Mt. Rushmore Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, and Jewel Cave National Monument. The stunning beauty, fascinating history, and natural wildlife, will make you wonder why you waited so long to visit South Dakota.
Domestic Airfare NYC (optional w/out)
CTW Trip Leader
3 Night Private House (near Custer State Park)
Private Ground Transportation/Scenic Driving/Transfers on itinerary
Park Fees (Badlands & Custer)
Entrance fee to Mt. Rushmore & Crazy Horse
Guided hiking on itinerary
Early Bird Price: $1495 w/airfare $1095 w/o (expires 2/17)
Base Price: $1595 Land Only: $1195
Deposit of $500 to reserve your spot
*See below for payment due dates and procedures*
Not included: Optional: Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument
Saturday, June 15: Badlands Loop Drive & Overlooks
We will depart for our flight early in the morning, arriving to Rapid City in the early afternoon. We will start our drive to the Badlands Loop, with a stop at a grocery store to pick up sandwiches and food for a picnic lunch in the state park. During this 51 mile scenic loop drive, we'll stop for short hikes (.5-1.5 mile) and outlooks to take in the amazing views of this area. On our way back we'll stop at the famous Wall Drug. Later in the evening, we'll arrive at our private house just outside of Custer State Park.
The Badlands National Park is a striking landscape featuring a maze of buttes, pinnacles, canyons, and spires. The Lakosta gave this land its name "mako sica," meaning "land bad." Erosion of the Badlands reveals sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow, tan and gray, red and orange, and white. Bison, pronghorn, mule, whitetail deer, prairie dogs, coyotes, eagles and hawks are often spotted on the 244,000 acres.
Sunday, June 16: Optional Harney Peak Hike, and Wildlife Loop Road
In the late morning we will drive to the start of our hike at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. We will hike one of the most popular hikes in the Black Hills- Harney Peak. This trail to the peak takes us past amazing granite towers rising out of the hills. This hike is a moderate 6 mile hike and covers a very unique geological area.
Note: Optional activities can be done in town for those not interested in hiking. will be given.
After our hike, and on the way back to our lodge, we'll drive the famous Wildlife Loop. This road is home to one of the world's largest buffalo herds.
Monday June 17: Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial & Evening Scenic Drive
Today will be an early morning as we drive to Mount Rushmore Memorial to get the best lighting to photo the Four Faces of South Dakota. This mountain carving features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. We will walk the Presidential Trail to the base of the mountain where we can enjoy the Avenue of Flags.
After Mt. Rushmore, we'll visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear set out to carve a mountain just south of Mount Rushmore. The two men agreed this monument would be carved without any fedural funding. In 1982, Ziolkowski died, not having completed the carving. His family continue his work. When completed, the mountain will be 563ft high and carved in the round.
If time permits, we'll visit Jewel Cave National Monument (entrance fee not included). With 173 miles of explored passageways, Jewel Cave ranks as one of the longest caves in the world. The cave was discovered at the turn of the century by brothers passing through Hell Canyon.
Tuesday, June 18: & Custer State Park Peak Drive & Departure
In the morning after breakfast and packing up, we'll enjoy the scenic drive of Custer State Park to see more buffalo and wildlife and amazing geological landscape before departing to the airport for our early afternoon flight, returning to NYC in evening.
Payment Due Dates and Procedures
All payments must be made on time to secure your spot. You may pay the balance in full anytime on/before the first due date.
$995/$1095 April 14 (final payment)
Land only: $595/$695
(if you signed up after sale price, your final balance is $1095)