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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

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Fun Place to Hike and Learn

As a young boy I was fascinated with petrified wood so I had to check this place out. We were the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pitman, New Jersey
Nice, affordable gifts!

This is a great little slice of Americana. It’s been open for 90 years and, for seven bucks... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Carson City, Nevada
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8220 Elk Creek Rd, Piedmont, SD 57769-7208
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It had just begun to snow when our family arrived. The folks opened up the place for us, and we got the movie, museum, self-guided walk through the petrified forest, and finished with a stop at the rock shop. I learned a good deal of...More

Thank Joan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a young boy I was fascinated with petrified wood so I had to check this place out. We were the only ones there. Watched a film then the manager gives you a map and you do a self guided tour. I enjoyed this, we...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This is a great little slice of Americana. It’s been open for 90 years and, for seven bucks, offers a brief and interesting education, a nice walk in the woods, and a gift shop with very nice and reasonably priced petrified wood gifts. Yes, it’s...More

1  Thank BuzzRoll
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

All of the reviews good and bad are all true except the “little old man” folks mention was actually the highlight! He was quite pleasant and not pushy at all. The sheer fact that these trees exist and have been preserved in stone are a...More

1  Thank kharriscrowell
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Good time walking around this in the morning before leaving the hotel/campground. The guy running the place is wonderful.

Thank Brandi G
Reviewed 1 July 2018

I am a rock hound so the dust did not bother me. The gentleman who was there was very informative and we felt comfortable.

Thank bonniestoppe
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Nice 15 minute video sets the stage, and then fairly easy self guided walking tour. The map was excellent and included explanations of artifacts. This is not an exciting type of tour, but is interesting and informative. Great way to get some background on the...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We saw the sign for this place on the highway on our way from rapid city to Deadwood. It's up a steep and rocky dirt road behind a "resort" place which seemed more like a trailer park without any trailers. When you get to the...More

5  Thank cruisings
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We were really disappointed in this. First off....if you don't take my advise and go anyway, take the complimentary vehicle up the hill. Horribly rutted and could damage a small car. The gift shop was old, dated, dusty, and not much to look at. We...More

1  Thank Ronda O
Reviewed 3 July 2017

If you are a rock hound and love to hear about how the Badlands and the surrounding area (Rapid City, Custer, Hot Springs) consisting of 140+ miles in South Dakota lands are formed, then you should stop here before you begin your travels around the...More

2  Thank Cat E
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8 March 2017|
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Response from cruisings | Reviewed this property |
This is a very mom and pop it's just a walk not a tour and you could stroll your pet tiger tiger through and nobody would care
24 June 2016|
Response from rollandhand | Reviewed this property |
No. No way. I thought I mentioned that in the review.