Attractions


Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center: Located on the edge of the site of the original 1876 gold strike, the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center viewing deck overlooks the 1,250 ft deep “open cut” portion of the original Homestake mine. The exhibit takes the visitors on a journey from historical mining to futuristic science happening now at the research facility.  Also available: golf balls in the Open Cut and bike rental. (605) 584-3110.

Black Hills Mining Museum: Take a guided walk back in time to see how gold mining evolved, and what innovative mining techniques helped Homestake produce over 40 million ounces of gold in Lead. Built by miners, this is a one of a kind experience your group will never forget. Gold panning is also available (with additional charge for this special activity). (605) 584-1605

Historic Homestake Opera House: This 100-year-old performing arts venue hosts theatre, concerts, movies, private and group tours, weddings and presentations year-round while in restoration. Built in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine, it boasted a swimming pool, library, 1000-seat theater, billiard hall, bowling alley, social hall, game rooms and smoking lounge, surviving a theater fire in 1984. Visit their brand new interpretive center for the whole story and an exclusive look behind the curtain!

Lead-Deadwood Arts Center: Not only does the Lead-Deadwood Arts Center promotes local arts and artists, it also brings quality creative classes and artistic activities, operates a beautiful art gallery and gift shop and provides quality, custom framing with the largest frame selection in the area! Stop by their beautiful space, located at 309 W Main Street in Lead. (605) 584-1461

Deadwood, SD: This Wild West Town allows you to visit days gone by. This town has done a fabulous job on restoring the Historic Main Street. Deadwood is just 3 miles from Lead. While in Deadwood check out the Adams Museum and House, Mt. Moriah where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane are buried. For more information on Deadwood and what they have to offer contact the Deadwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (605) 578-1876.

The Days of ’76 Museum: Located in Deadwood, the museum features Old West and Native American artifacts and over 60 historic horse-drawn carriages, including the original Deadwood Stage.

The Adams Museum and House: The Adams House, built in 1892, is an elegant Victorian mansion, which became the Adams House Museum following a detailed restoration. The Adam House Museum tells the story of two 19th century families, and reveals a cultured lifestyle not commonly associated with the American West. For more information and tour times, call the Adams Museum at (605) 578-1714.

George S. Mickelson Trail: A great place for biking, skiing, horseback riding, or walking. This trail is 109 miles long and takes one through the entire Black Hills from Lead to Edgemont. It’s great for adventurers of any age. For more information call the Black Hills Trail Office at (605) 584-3896.

Spearfish Canyon: Designated a National Scenic Byway. It is located on Highway 14A and twists through the 19 mile gorge. The canyon offers 3 water falls, hiking, biking, fly fishing, bird watching, snowmobiling and snow shoeing! For the outdoors person, all this is only a 15 minute drive from Lead!

Mt. Rushmore National Monument: Carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota are the iconic faces of four former presidents of the United States–George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These men were chosen to represent the first 150 years of American history and America’s cultural heritage. The idea came from Doane Robinson to promote tourism in South Dakota and his idea was wildly successful–the park attracts almost 3 million park visitors every year. Gutzon Borglum designed the sculpture. Though he passed away before its completion, over 400 workers helped bring his vision to life. Today visitors come to appreciate this colossal man-made creation, learn about the design and construction process, appreciate its significance as a symbol of the American history of “monumental” leaders, and to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Black Hills region. (Approximately 50 miles South on Hwy 385 from Lead.)

Crazy Horse Memorial: This is the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, between Custer & Hill City on Hwy 16/385, The Crazy Horse Memorial Hwy. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski & Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial’s mission is to honor the culture, tradition & living heritage of North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by continuing the progress on the world’s largest sculptural undertaking by carving a memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse; by providing educational and cultural programming; by acting as a repository for American Indian artifacts, arts and crafts through the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center; and by establishing and operating the Indian University of North America and, when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.  (Approximately 55 miles South on Hwy 385 from Lead.)