Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Presidio, 24342 Ranch Rd
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is near Black Hills National Forest and just outside Keystone, South Dakota.
Rapid City Regional Airport is 40 minutes away by car. You’ll need to hop on a regional flight from Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago or Salt Lake City.
There’s free on-site parking – a car will come in handy for exploring the local area.
Worth getting out of bed for
As cosy as it may be under the linen layers of your tent, don’t go into full hibernation mode during your stay. Local musicians often drop by for intimate gigs in the social tent and every night guests gather around the fire-pit to regale each other with stories of the day’s adventures (and to toast marshmallows, of course).
There are hiking trails and climbing routes to spare around the Black Hills, so grab your picnic box and head out for a day of exploring. Young (and young-at-heart) will love flying through the treetops at Rushmore Tramway Adventures aerial-adventure park. Prefer your adventures at ground level? ATV tours, guided treks and horse-riding can be arranged on request. There’s also kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on the nearby river.
Yes, it will be mobbed, but Mount Rushmore and its four 60-foot-high faces is worth the visit. Have your sights set on something even bigger? Then it’s Crazy Horse Memorial for you; carved into granite in the Black Hills between 1948 and 1998, this monument to the famed Lakota Sioux warrior is the world’s largest mountain carving. The adjacent Indian Museum of North America and Native American Educational and Cultural Center are home to more than 12,000 contemporary and historic artefacts, from pre-Colombian to present day.
For a breakfast of freshly baked bagels, fruit-filled smoothies and pecan-topped oatmeal, head to Grapes and Grinds in Keystone. It has a just-long-enough menu of speciality coffees, and, for later in the day, a list of regional wines. But the house signature? That’s the made-daily-in-house gelato, which comes in curious flavours including s’mores, Key lime pie and the sure-to-be-magical Unicorn Dreams. Treat yourself to a scoop (or three) after a day on the trails. Step back in time with lunch or dinner at Ruby House Keystone, a 1900s-style dining room that dishes out bread bowls of buffalo stew, grilled Black Hills trout, elk burgers and chicken fried chicken (so nice they named it twice).
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore’s remote location means there’s not much in the way of watering holes in the vicinity; amble up to Embers restaurant for a bottle of locally brewed craft beer or a glass of wine.