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Address: Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number: +1 605-644-6736
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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- Black Hills #1 SAFARI STYLE TOURS -

Convertible-top vehicles ... open for...

- Black Hills #1 SAFARI STYLE TOURS -

Convertible-top vehicles ... open for sunny days/closed for inclement weather. View wildlife up-close and safely from inside our vehicles.

Fullsize Vans - Minivans - SUV's - Convertibles

  Handicap Accessible - Multi-Lingual - Private Tours Available

    Free Pickup/Return to many area hotels.

      Tours include: bottled water, fees & snacks.

          Day Tours also include picnic lunch at lake or waterfall.

              Special tours with wine tasting.

                OPEN ALL YEAR - 7 DAYS A WEEK!

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Perfect day, perfect tour!

So glad my husband and I decided to use Black Hill Open Top Tours to explore the Southern Hills area. They offer various types of tours, so we had options as to where, what and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
cwikern
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Box Elder, South Dakota
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Box Elder, South Dakota
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So glad my husband and I decided to use Black Hill Open Top Tours to explore the Southern Hills area. They offer various types of tours, so we had options as to where, what and how much we wanted to see and do. We decided on the Southern Hills tour without Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse as we had plans... More 

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Thank cwikern
Columbus, Ohio
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took the Mt Rushmore/ Custer State Park and Badlands Tour. Rich, The owner and operator was great in making the reservations and everything was perfect. The Tour guides Jeff and Susie were very punctual and were very informative throughout the Tour. Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park Tour was awesome and Susie made it enjoyable with her fun and information.... More 

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Missouri
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So glad we choose Black Hills Open Top Tours. From the time I talked to Rich on the phone to get information until the time Susie our driver dropped us off at hotel we couldn't have ask for anything better very knowledgeable friendly and just a first class service... Susie was fantastic. Would definitely use the company again ! Food... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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362 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had called two companies to reserve some tours for South Dakota a few weeks before we actually arrived. The owner of this company, Richard Watkins, promptly returned my call, talked about the tours they offered, and after listening to what we wanted to see, and how much time we have, suggested two all-day tours for two days. Naturally, we... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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57 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour business is not like most others. They have cars and vans where the top comes off so you can pop right out to take a picture. It is very safe. We had a great guide who new a ton about the state. Jeff was a good guide.

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2 Thank Lily_rosenberg
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lily - Thanks for taking time for your review. We designed our convertible top Safari vehicles to allow for great photo ops and viewing without leaving the vehicle and I'm very happy you enjoyed your tour. I'll pass along your review to Jeff . . . we are very proud to have him on our staff! Be Well -... More 

Slinger, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a group trip for 4 and ended up being the only 4 in the van. Cindy was our driver and she was full of great historical information and fun stories. It was so much fun to stand up while driving. We ended up with interesting videos and some beautiful pictures. The only negative was the van roll back... More 

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Thank Badger611
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Howdy Badger - I very glad you enjoyed your tour with Cindi. She's one of our best! I apologize about the sliding top, it's scheduled to have a replacement installed next week. It works fine but does require more adjustments than we like. It's worked well for over 4 years but when you open and close it 8-10 times a... More 

Detroit, Michigan
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25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I traveled with my 16 year old niece to Rapid City South Dakota. I planned 2 days to go with open top tours. We went first to the badlands and Wall Drugs. Our guide Jeff was nice. We were lucky 2 be on a private tour. We saw animals prairie dogs and owls. We were able to get out and... More 

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1 Thank LIR8
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi LIR8 - Thanks for taking time for your review. Jeff is one of our more experienced outdoorsman. He has spent his life hunting, fishing and . . . teaching 4th graders (another adventure). He retired from teaching this year and we were fortunate have him join our team. Please come back to visit the Hills again . . .... More 

Boston
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a trip with Black Hills Open Top Tours,to view Mt Rushmore at night. Our driver was "Otto" he was a very informative guide. Since we were only a party of four, Otto had time to give us a little more of the local twisty side roads which were unbelievable and impossible to ride on any larger vehicle. During... More 

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Thank RiverboatCaptain
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Ahoy Captain - Otto can be entertaining, I'm glad you enjoyed your tour with him. You're right about the larger vehicles, that's why our largest is a 14 passenger van. Bigger ones will get stuck in some of the tunnels (which happens several times a season). Thanks for taking time for your kind review! Be Well - Rich More 

Bonita Springs, Florida
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It might have been a better trip if we had a more enthusiastic guide. While our guide was knowledgeable, we didn't feel he gave any energy to the tour, he actually seemed quite bored with it all. We would not be able to recommend based on our experience.

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1 Thank marionleem
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hello Marion - I apologize for your tour experience. We try to entertain, inform and keep our tours interesting, but on this occasion we failed. The guide you had that day has been with us for almost four years and usually has great reviews. He is taking some time off now and we expect him to come back with his... More 

Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a private open top jeep for a tour of the Badlands and Wall Drug. The guide, Otto, was intelligent and knowledgeable as well as very accommodating and friendly. We loved the private tour because we were able to spend more time where we wanted to. Otto even took us off the beaten path on dirt roads where we... More 

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Thank Vinny G
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Vinny - Thank you for your very kind review. I'm extremely happy that you had a good tour with Otto. The Southern Unit of the Badlands has only been open a few years and it needs a Jeep to get around on the road to Sheep Mountain Lookout. The private Jeep tour does include Sage Creek Road (Buffalo and... More 

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