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Fort Hays Old West Town and Dinner Show

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Address: 2255 Fort Hayes Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702-8703
Phone Number:
+1 605-394-9653
07:00 - 20:15
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 20:15
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

**Closed for winter months. Our doors will re-open on Mothers Day 2016. See...

**Closed for winter months. Our doors will re-open on Mothers Day 2016. See you then!** Start your day at Fort Hays Old West Town, site of the Oscar award winning movie set, Dances with Wolves. Walk along our boardwalk and make your own brick, tin plate, gem pan or make a twine lasso rope. There is no admission fee to browse the film set & South Dakota Film Museum. See the original buildings used in this popular Wild West movie. Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Cowboy Pancakes for 99 cents! Find the perfect souvenior at one of our three unique Gift Shops. Dinner shows are held at Fort Hays mid May through mid October.

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Must experience at least once food was good!! The dinner show was very entertaining!! Had a great time with our friends!!

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Must experience at least once food was good!! The dinner show was very entertaining!! Had a great time with our friends!!

Thank lovetheplanes
Evans, Colorado
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was a great stop on our journey through the Black Hills. If you are a fan or have even seen Dances with wolves... It is something fun to tour and there are good photo opportunities.

Thank wranglernwss22
Coldwater, Michigan
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4 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2016

y wife and i decided to stop in and see what they had to offer. We were welcomed by very firendly staff and in fact had the most pleasant conversation with the owner of the business. We have been to "chuck wagon" setting prior but the show here was absolutely fabulous. Very talented and by all means, family oriented.

Thank Carol F
Toms River, New Jersey
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171 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is an excellent chuck wagon show. The dinner served is average but the entertainment is very good. On the site are two buildings used in the movie Dances With Wolves. There are also other old buildings, farm equipment and vehicles.

2 Thank 622eagle
Yukon, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife and I enjoyed the bus tour of Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, Needles Park and Crazy Horse Memorial. The driver, Dan, was an excellent tour guide - informative and comical. He was also extremely competent as a bus driver. For me, there is no better way to see this portion of the Black Hills. The included breakfast and... More 

Thank fkuykendall1
Flint, Michigan
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was one of the places we visited on our 9-day trip from MI to Mt. Rushmore. We were at Fort Hays for dinner and the show. I could not believe how orderly everyone was served. The food was delicious and the entertainment awesome. We had front row seats, so some of my bus travelers were part of the show.... More 

1 Thank DianeDemersCASC
Seneca, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

My husband and I had some free time to look around Fort Hays before and after our bus tour with Mount Rushmore Tours and before the dinner show. It was fun to browse the items from the Dances with Wolves set, the gift shop, but the highlight of our day was helping make our own tin plate with Ernie in... More 

Thank BeachGrandmax4
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

Dinner is cafeteria style with a choice of chicken or meat (Beef?) Tables are picnic table style with very cramped seating. Once finished with dinner and mid-way through the show there is a brief intermission while you return your dishes and trash back to the kitchen. Really? Yes, really. Now, for the show. Some good players, but for the most... More 

Thank Jim M
Alameda, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

It was fun to see one of the sets from Dances with Wolves and to visit with the tinsmith and knife maker. The BBQ dinner was mediocre with chewy, dry biscuits, dried out chicken and a dour, unsmiling young fellow taking our tickets. The beans and spice cake were okay. The Western show was excellent. A fun assortment of songs... More 

Thank Lyn K
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We traveled to Fort Hays and looked around at the old stage settings for 'Dances with Wolves" where we ate a cowboy breakfast and boarded a bus to take us to Mt Rushmore and Needles Hwy. So much history and beauty on the way. We then returned to Fort Hays for a cowboy dinner and show. The food was great... More 

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