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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

8220 Elk Creek Road, Piedmont, SD 57769
+1 800-846-2267
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Skip it, you may turn to stone of boredom.

This destination is a tourist trap that time forgot. It's clear the exhibits have not been updated... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2016
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Pleasant and Interesting

We enjoyed the orientation movie and found it quite informative. The museum and the rock shop are... read more

Reviewed August 25, 2016
Mark F
Charleston, United States
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8220 Elk Creek Road, Piedmont, SD 57769
+1 800-846-2267
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

This destination is a tourist trap that time forgot. It's clear the exhibits have not been updated in 2-3 decades. There is very little information about the geology outside of a poorly (and likely locally) produced video. The "theater" is a bare plywood room with...More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed August 25, 2016

We enjoyed the orientation movie and found it quite informative. The museum and the rock shop are both nice. The scenic view is lovely. We enjoyed the wildlife. Although the ground is uneven in places, we enjoyed our walk, and we found the petrified wood...More

1  Thank Mark F
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This was a neat place to stop and see many examples of petrified wood. It really isn't a petrified forest but more like a bunch of petrified wood in a nice, wooded area. The short hike is really cool with very scenic views of the...More

2  Thank SandeeAndy
Reviewed August 9, 2016

We lucked into this place when it was very quiet. We had no trouble driving our motorhome up and down the hill and had a nice picnic in the parking area. THe info presented during the movie and in the museum really helped us put...More

1  Thank sealrocker
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

I read the previous review from the family of 5 and wanted to check it out! I really enjoyed listening to Mr. Scott explain how the Black Hills were formed. My husband fell asleep during the movie so I left to snooze in the museum...More

1  Thank RMeChic
Reviewed July 30, 2016

I'd rec. this place if you are in the Black Hills / Rapid City area looking for something to do - and you have not been to or are not planning to go to some other better known sites for petrified wood. This site makes...More

1  Thank Hrothmir
Reviewed July 26, 2016

We stopped here while on vacation with our 3 kids (8, 5, and 2). The power was out due to a storm we followed in to town, so we missed the video some of the other reviewers have mentioned. The Petrified Forest attraction is located...More

1  Thank Dean B
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Fantastic stop. Best video for explaining the earth, and development of rocks and fossils in simple terms. The accompanying exhibits were curated well. Despite a thunderstorm and hail and power failure, we had a good time and readily forgave the outdated, dusty venue. Spruce it...More

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Great Stop! Different than expected as it is privately owned and operated, this is a plus. Video presentation starts the visit, well done in every day English, great understandable explanation of how the Black Hills and petrified wood were formed. Next a small, interesting museum,...More

Thank Dave M
Reviewed June 17, 2016

I loved this place. I like rocks. I like geology. The place is family run, so it isn't up to Disney standards, but it has THE BEST explanation of the formation of the Black Hills and the Badlands I have seen. We were fascinated with...More

1  Thank rollandhand
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Is it handicapped accessible?
June 23, 2016|
Response from rollandhand | Reviewed this property |
No. No way. I thought I mentioned that in the review.