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photo of people and motorcycles on Deadwood South Dakota Main Street

 

It seems people have always been attracted to Deadwood like a magnet.  This small city in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota seems to have plenty of things to do for everyone.  I doesn’t matter what your are into: Gaming, history, hiking, winter sports, enjoying local food and wine – there is something here for you.

Be sure to us my interactive Deadwood Map to find plenty of things to do.



 

History

If you have never been to Deadwood I encourage you to pickup a copy of Raiding Deadwood’s Bad Lands to learn about the evolution of this small town.  Then once you arrive you can explore some of the history hands on.

Museums are a great place to learn more and Deadwood has some great options.

Adams House – Beautifully preserved 1892 Queen Anne-style homephoto friendship tower Mount Roosevelt

Adams Museum – Built in the 1930s as a tribute to the area’s pioneers

Days of 76 Museum – Amazing collection of wagons, stage coaches and carriages

Mount Moriah – The final resting place of some of Deadwood’s most famous residents

Saint Ambrose Cemetery – A lesser known, beautiful Catholic Cemetery

Friendship Tower – Just a few miles out of town on Mount Roosevelt

Main Street Shootouts – Historical reenactments in the summer

Outdoor Fun

Mickelson Trailhead – The 109-mile trail starts in Deadwood

City Park – A great place to relax and let the kids play

Hiking – Numerous options in and around Deadwood

Scenic Drives – Explore the area and find a place to enjoy the natural beauty

D.C. Booth – A historic fish hatchery in nearby Spearfish

Bear Butte – A place held sacred by Native Americans, a 20-minute car ride

Tatanka – Just outside town, amazing views and Buffalo statues

Preacher Smith Monument – Just outside town, a tribute to a Historic Figure.

White Rocks – An unmarked trail above Mount Moriah


Tour and Explore More

Bus Tours – Numerous tours leave right from Main Street.

Trolley – Hop on the trolley to have a tour of the town

Model Train – Fascinating train in the basement of the Bad Lands Casino

China Town Tours – Not sure if they are authentic, but you won’t forget it

Broken Boot Gold Mine – Peak inside an old mine and try panning

Boondock’s – Take a drive to the 1950’s

 

Annual Events

Your Deadwood experience can vary depending on the time of year your visit.  There are events all year long – time your visit to coincide with an event you will enjoy.

New Year – Start the New Year by watch the ball drop on Deadwood’s Main Street

Mardi Gras – Not New Orleans, but a ton of fun

St. Patrick’s – You may believe you are Irish after this celebration

Mickelson Trail  Marathon – Not for the faint of heart

Wild Bill Days – Music, shooting and excitementphoto Roller Derby in Deadwood

Days of 76 – Rodeo and parade, highly recommended

Motorcycle Rally – Bikes everywhere and a good time

Kool Deadwood Nights –  Classic Cars, free concerts, great people

Deadwood Jam – Live music in the heart of Deadwood

Oktoberfest – Bottoms up, save room for bratwurst

Deadweird – Costumes and cash prizes

Roller Derby – Tough ladies, proud fans

Concerts at the DMG – Deadwood newest casino, Big name concerts

Watch for all the event updates here.