Chapel in the Hills
Chapel in the Hills
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Celebrating 50 years in 2019! Replica of the 850-year-old Borgund Church in Norway and has unique architecture and woodcarvings.
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Sachin K
New York City, NY5,842 contributions
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One of the few stave churches in North America, this particular one is located very close to Rapid City in South Dakota. Built in 1969, it is a replica of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal in Norway. The visitor center close to the entrance is an authentic grass roofed store house which was built in Norway and assembled on site. The architecture of the church is absolutely beautiful and along with the surroundings gives one a feel of being in Norway. This church is free to all visitors and there is ample free parking on site. One can explore navigating the meditation trail, which starts behind the church. This church is worth visiting for any off beat traveler in Rapid City.
Written July 24, 2021
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Karanole
Fort Myers, FL122 contributions
Couples
Absolutely beautiful grounds and church. You can’t go in right now but can listen to details about it and can take pictures . The prayer walk gives you another view of the church and the statues while giving you time to reflect on your own .
The ladies at the gift shop were so friendly And were happy to talk with us about our visit and give us some pointers of what to check out during our time in South Dakota . And the gift shop had some really unique items. Wonderful experience !
Written May 13, 2021
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Ras65kf
Klamath Falls119 contributions
Couples
We were greeted by friendly staff and then took the short walk to the chapel. The workmanship is excellent, such a beautiful and unique building. We enjoyed the short prayer path through the forested area as well as a visit to the tiny museum and gift shop.
Written May 20, 2022
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AC97
North Dakota5,080 contributions
Average trip. We arrived at approximately 3:15 pm and made our way inside the park in order to start exploring our surroundings. There were several informational plaques located along the walkways that detailed the history of the area and provided insight into what we were seeing in front of us. There was a log cabin on site that contained several original furnishings and which gave us insight into how people lived during that timeframe. There was gift shop located next to the log cabin, that had several items for sale. On top of the hill sat a church that one could go inside and explore. There was a prerecorded audio playing on a loop, that explained the historical significance of the church, and also talked about the structural design of the church. Next to the church was a prayer walk, that contained several sculptures of prominent religious figures, as well as biblical messages next to each sculpture. The walk was short and easy to complete. There was also another walk nearby that took you through the forest, which was also short and easy.

Tip: I recommend spending 45 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
Written July 15, 2022
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genek589
Sacramento, CA39 contributions
Couples
This was a project to recognize the Norwegian heritage in Rapid City and the surrounding area and the home of Evangelical Lutheran Vespers radio program, dedicated in 1969, it is a replica of another church in Norway.
It is a memorial of sorts, for the sturdy pioneers who came to South Dakota for opportunity and adventure.
The grounds are well cared for, there are various historical objects and buildings and the site can be enjoyed in an hour or less, depending on how much time is spent in the small home museum and gift shop.
It was quiet and peaceful on the Sunday afternoon we visited in Sept., close to the end of the season, but the gift shop operator was welcoming and glad to answer questions or make recommendations for local events or places.
All in all, my wife, of Norwegian descent, said our visit satisfied her Norwegian sense by being there and enjoying the prayer walk, history and atmosphere.
Written October 2, 2021
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Guy NorCal
Orangevale, CA123 contributions
If you are in the Mt. Rushmore area, this little gem is worth a detour to see. If one is a carpenter or woodworker, you'll especially appreciate the chapel.

Kids too will be impressed because:
•It is seen within 30 minutes.
•It is unique.
•There is a fully outfitted cabin showing life during much different times.
Written June 16, 2022
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Saskadon
Melville, Canada87 contributions
Its worth the drive out to the edge of Rapid City to see this replica of the famous Stave Church in Norway. The architecture and construction are beautiful. There is a nice little walk back into the hills behind the chapel, and a museum that gives insight into the heritage of Scandinavians that settled in the Dakotas and MInnesota.
Written August 9, 2022
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ732 contributions
The whole experience from the entrance to the gift shop was delightful. Once you enter and park in their ample lot, you walk from the gift shop up to the stave church, which is an exact Norwegian replica . The grounds and setting are beautiful, with well manicured lawns, flowers, and artful stone work. Peaceful is the best descriptive word. The church buildings are all at the foot of the Hills forest. The inside of the church is amazing, so much intricate woodwork, including animals and dragons. A narration plays inside as you tour on your own. We found the small sliding window which allowed lepers to follow services from outside the building. There is also a small museum set off to the side holding many Norwegian pieces of interest. Finally, not to be missed, is the meditation trail in back of the church. It wanders through the forest with several places to sit amongst statuary for reflection, prayer, and meditation. This was such a refreshing change.
Written July 9, 2021
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Tonya C
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I live a couple hours away and have visited the chapel several times over the years. My son and I decided to do some "tourist" things in our area this summer and this is one of the places we visited. It is a beautiful stave church, an exact replica of one in Norway. The carvings and woodwork are beautiful and looking at them closely you can see how intricate some of them are. Behind the church is a bell and tower, and a medication/prayer trail. It was around 100 degrees the day we visited, so we did not walk the trail, but we will comeback and do that on a cooler day. There is a small gift shop in a building that was built in Norway and then taken apart and shipped to the US and put back together. There is also a small museum with Norwegian antiques in an old log cabin. The volunteers are friendly and very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge with you.
Written July 27, 2021
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Suecflemo
10 contributions
Friends
This was a welcome peaceful stop on our busy 16-day road trip. The chapel architecture is stunning. The volunteer team warmly welcomed us and gave us a great insight into the story and history of the chapel, which continues to hold services. Inside the chapel is a wonderful place for a quiet moment of reflection. The entirely wooden build is awe inspiring, both inside and out. It was just a “maybe” on our tourist list of things to do near Rapid City, but I’d place it at the top of the list having visited. Highly recommend, well worth a visit off the beaten tourist route around Mount Rushmore.
Written July 13, 2022
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