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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

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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 1 week ago
Carson City, Nevada
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It was an “on the way” gamble

All of the reviews good and bad are all true except the “little old man” folks mention was actually... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Providence, Kentucky
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8220 Elk Creek Rd, Piedmont, SD 57769-7208
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 August 11, 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 June 30, 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 May 14, 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 August 17, 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 July 11, 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 July 2, 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

1  Thank Cat E
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

4  Thank Explore605878
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

2  Thank Mark F
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March 7, 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
June 23, 2016|
Response from rollandhand | Reviewed this property |
No. No way. I thought I mentioned that in the review.