Thinking of staying in Hill City & taking the 1880 Train into Keystone. Is there any transport from the town to Mt Rushmore or is it an easy walk?
There is no public transportation from Keystone to Mount Rushmore. Keystone is not very big....I'm not sure if they even have taxis there.
It's a three mile walk one way from Keystone to Mt. Rushmore, along a busy highway.
Will you have a rental vehicle in Hill City? If so, I would recommend driving that from Hill City to Mt. Rushmore.
Thanks for the reply.
New it was a longshot!!
We will have a car, just wanted to try & utilise time as we want to ride the 1880 train & visit Mt Rushmore. This will mean a double trip between the two, looks like we may stay in Keystone afterall, visiting Mt Rushmore first & then doing the 1880 train in the afternoon.
How busy is the area going to be around Memorial Day weekend?
We really like Keystone. There is such a lot to do just in Keystone, and it is the closest to Mt Rushmore, but I wouldn't even attempt to walk to Mt Rushmore.
If you have a car, you don't want to miss Custer National Park, Needles Highway and the wildlife loop.
At Keystone: Alpine Slide - take the lift up to top of mountain, they have a nice little refreshment stand there for sodas, beer, hamburgers, etc., enjoy the view and ride the slide back down. See the President's Wax Museum, ride the 1880 train to Hill City and back. Visit the Red Garter Saloon and shop along the boardwalk, pan for gold and even take a helicopter tour of Mt Rushmore if you want. See the Western Gunfight Comedy show with Big Dave, Jerry and Michael (if they are there in April) at the Red Garter Saloon, family friendly place and kids are welcome. Shop at the many shops on the boardwalk for black gold jewelry and other souvenirs. Try "Big Time Pizza". Drive up the road a bit and visit Mystery Spot and Bear Country. Check out Sylvan lake (where the scenes from National Treasure 2 were filmed) and eat at the Grand Lodge out on the limestone patio.
No matter where you stay in Keystone, and there are lots of options, do not eat at the Railhead Restaurant attached to the White House Motel. Food is absolutely horrible, stale, prepared in microwaves and the service borders on hostile. Ruby House, next to Red Garter, has great steaks.
Definitely don't try to walk it. It's uphill on a busy highway as Kren mentioned. There's no public transportation that I am aware of, as Keystone is quite small.
Definitely make advance reservations, as any holiday weekend will be busy (i.e. Memorial & Labor Days). Keystone is an excellent base for the area as Memphisbelle said. You can definitely get terrific pizza at Big Time Pizza located at the Roosevelt Inn (a great hotel, I might add!). Big Time is definitely the best restaurant in Keystone.
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We will be staying in Keystone for sure now. Just thought Deadwood would be a bit quieter. No kids with us, mostly interested in seeing Rushmore, things like the Alpine Slide might have interested our kids when they were younger but not into that sort of thing (scares me!) though everyone looks like they are enjoying it!
Will be moving on to Cody then Yellowstone for a visit.
Thanks for all the reviews on places to eat but anyone recommend a good place for breakfast?
As great a place as Keystone is, unfortunately they are not known for great restaurants. We really only ate 3 good meals there, Ruby House for Steaks, Aruba (down around the corner on the way to the Holiday Inn from White House Motel) for great mexican and Big Time Pizza.
Breakfast is served at several little cafes along the Boardwalk, but nothing to write home about.
When you get to Cody, be sure to check out the Irma Hotel downtown. This was built by Buffalo Bill and the gorgeous bar inside was given to Bill by Queen Victoria in appreciation for him bringing his wildwest show to England. The bar is something to see. You can have lunch outside of the hotel on the huge veranda.
We stayed at the Best Western, which was fantastic. See my review under Cody Forum and Hotels in Cody.
Not much into food really as long as we can find a good breakfast, we eat very light, American portions are soooo HUGE!!!!
Thanks for the info re the bar, knew about the Irma but didn't know the bar know about Queen Victoria donating the bar!
if you are in Custer State park-- we had a late breakfast at the State Game Lodge there. Great food. On road trips, we travel with a cooler. Fruits and granola bars for breakfast and picnics for lunch. Just a thought.... Keeps cost down and more enjoyable than looking for a place to eat during the day.
A good place for breakfast is the Powder House Lodge in Keystone. It is located on Hwy. 16 about a mile and a half north of Keystone on the west side. They also have good dinners. Blue Bell Lodge in CSP is another good place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Thanks again for all the food tips.
We try & eat a good breakfast, snack during the day & then lightish meal early evening as we can't eat too late.
Really looking forward to this trip & appreciate all the advice & assistance people on this forum give.