The Haunted Trail
The 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail is an old railroad line that has been converted into a hiking, biking and horseback riding trail.
The trail—complete with converted railroad bridges, rock tunnels and mountain creeks—trail regulars will tell you if you listen carefully you can hear the spirits of Wild West legends rustling through the trees.
The town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, located in the southern Black Hills, is an undiscovered treasure filled with ancient mystery. From the sink hole that swallowed up prehistoric beasts to the legendary healing powers of the natural warm water springs, Hot Springs, South Dakota is not only a family vacation destination an hour from Mount Rushmore National Memorial, it's a Black Hills original.
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The Hot Springs Secrets Family Package
Starting at $270 for a family of four Package includes two nights lodging and entrance to the Mammoth Site, Evans Plunge, and Putt 4 Fun. Optional add-ons include Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park and the Wild Horse Sanctuary.
The Hot Springs Secrets
The Pioneer Musuem,an old elementary school, is the keeper of all Hot Springs Secrets. Explore all of the town's rich history with a half-day tour of this treasure.Watch The Keeper of the Secrets
The Mammoth Site is an active dig site with the largest collection of Columbian and woolly mammoth bones in the world. At least 59 mammoths have been unearthed so far, along with the remains of several other animals swallowed by this ancient sinkhole.Watch Swallowed by the Earth
Enjoy a picnic in the park and stroll along the Freedom Trail. You may even discover the secret of Jane's Jail.
Head to Angostura Reservoir for an afternoon of fun at the beach. Enjoy a beautiful sunset before heading back to Hot Springs for a restful night of sleep.Watch Where the Water Narrows
Spend the morning at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and discover the wild spirit of Hot Springs. Acres of wind swept prairies, rocky canyon walls and the Cheyenne River create a scenic home for over 50 rare wild Spanish mustangs and mares. These wild spirits are believed to be descendants of horses brought over by early North American explorers.Watch The Spirit of the Wild
Take a tour of Wind Cave National Park. The world's fourth longest cave has miles of intricate and complex caverns below the surface and nearly 30-thousand acres of mixed grass prairies and free-roaming wildlife above. It's one of our country's oldest national parks and Hot Springs' greatest secret.Watch the Breathing Ground
Take a walking tour of the Black Hills National Cemetery and explore the history of Battle Mountain—the site of a legendary fight and the eternal resting place for Civil War heroes. Watch
Finish your day with a nine-holes at Hot Springsâ€™ award winning course, Southern Hills Golf Course.Watch Mystery Golfer.
Take an early morning hike or bike ride along a portion of the Mickelson Trail, an old railroad line that has been converted into a hiking, biking and horseback riding trail. The trail-complete with converted railroad bridges, rock tunnels and mountain creeks-trail regulars will tell you if you listen carefully you can hear the spirits of Wild West legends rustling through the trees.Watch The Haunted Trail.
Rejuvenate your weary muscles in the warm waters of Evans Plunge Waterpark. In the early 1900s visitors came to Hot Springs from all over because it was believed the natural warm waters had mysterious healing powers.Watch Unexplainable Healing Powers.
To book lodging in Hot Springs, South Dakota visit the official website.