Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The world's largest natural warm water indoor swimming pool. *NOT A HOT WATER SPRING* Evans Plunge Mineral Springs is consistently 87 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, the Lakota called it "Minnekahta" meaning "warm water." 5,000 gallons of water flow from the mineral springs every hour, completely refreshing the water in the pool numerous times every day. Evans Plunge Mineral Springs opened in 1890 and is the oldest attraction in the Black Hills. Currently owned & operated by the City of Hot Springs, Evans Plunge is proud to be open year round and offers both an indoor and an outdoor pool, plus a health club, which is included with admission!
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Marie F
Minot220 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This was a family outing on a sunny and hot day in the Black Hills!
My husband and I took our 11 and 17 year kids here to enjoy the spring pools and slides.

It is open in the summer season until 6pm and has a good number of life guards watching the activity.

We arrived around 12:20 and stayed until 4-4:20. The larger pool is indoors and has a river rock bottom that is fed by 22 Springs and is very pleasant at 87-89 degrees. The I door pool has 2 water slides and a small child area with 2 small slides. It also has a lap swim area and an area to play water basketball or even gymnastic rings to cross the pool! There are also 2 hot tubs but the jets are not that great. They have steam rooms and saunas but children cannot go unsupervised.

Overall, I thought it was a fair price, adults were $14 and kids under 13 yes were $10 and then cheaper again for the younger kids.

You can rent small lockers for .50 or large lockers for .75 and even towels for $2.00!
Written July 5, 2021
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Burger Hat Summers
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN228 contributions
Jul 2019
Readers, let me tell you. If ever there was a review that fell between ratings this would be it. It is better than "Average" but it isn't quite as good as "Very good"

Evans Plunge is a throwback for sure. I say this in as much as I visited it 21 years ago and it looks and felt exactly the same (and it very well may have been that way for a lot longer before)

So a few things. The water is nice as hell. Warm enough, the pebble bottom was nice (though the kids were not fans) and the slides were fun enough. It had a smell about it. I can't quite put my finger on it and it very well may have been the oh so natural spring water they boast about. Ok, fine. But inside the slides (especially the sharper drop one) it stank so bad it brought a tear to my eye. It was awful, friends. If you can get past the smell (which we did eventually) it was fine.

The outdoor pool area was nice, a little nicer for younger (5-7 year olds that we had with us) than the indoor part. The indoor part was more suited towards older kids. There isn't really a middle depth those kids can enjoy. There is a smaller kid area which might be a foot and a half deep and then, I want to say, like an almost 5 foot deep area. Maybe 4.5' So... not a lot of places for the kids to enjoy it.

Maybe when they are older we can swing back and check it out again. They are already like... 3 times the swimmers they were when we first dropped by, I can only imagine they will be able to enjoy it more as they get older.

and we will most certainly try again when they are.

3.5 burgers out of 5 for now, lets see what it is like in a few years.

Burger Hat out.
Written January 17, 2020
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Sherpa 255
Dakota Dunes, SD1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Family
The kids said they had fun but in my opinion it was a YMCA with a water slide. The lifeguards are like nazis, blowing their whistles over every little thing and not nice at all about it. I couldn’t tell if they hated their job or took it very seriously. They should be an SNL skit. Also, they should charge by height not by age. My son was an inch too short for the slide but had to pay the same rate as the kids who were tall enough. If your hotel has a pool, I would skip this.
Written June 21, 2020
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PackTheBagAndGo
Arlington, Virginia87 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited here as a special dedicated stop on the last day of our family vacation to South Dakota with three boys (15, 11, 6) and very happily spent just over an hour to get the experience and burn some energy. We found the staff and lifeguards extremely friendly. The facility was clean. We went around 9:30am (check their hours in advance for cleaning schedule, Covid adjustments, etc) and there was ample spacing or social distancing (we practically had huge pool to ourselves aside from a senior citizen type gathering in one corner). Boys swam freely around until 10am when rings and slides opened. Then they did those activities for 30-45 minutes. Younger boy (a swimmer) was required to wear a provided-for-free flotation device for only those periods he was on a slide. One mild longer slide and one short very fast slide. Water was crystal clear with no chemicals added (no chlorine since pool is refreshed constantly by spring feed)... could easily see feet on smooth gravel/rock floor of pool. At constant 87 degrees, we all said water was “warm” as we stepped in but boys soon started calling it “cool” and youngest boy actually shivered (that did not deter his swimming). So keep in mind the water is warm but not like bath water. Also the shallow end is slightly warmer than the deeper waters. We had a blast and would return. Note they sell a few snack items, souvenirs, swim suits, etc. Towel rental available. Great experience.
Written October 17, 2020
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Cassbella
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA170 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
After visiting Mt Rushmore we drove 1 hour to Hot Springs first we stopped at Cascade Falls to swim it was a lot of fun! Then had to check out Evans Mineral Springs. It’s a little pricey but my kids had a blast (age 5 and 8) and mom loved the water temp perfect 87 degrees! 😀there is an area for smaller kids and older kids too. Fun water slide for the whole family inside. There is an inside and outside pool which is neat and both have water slides.
I thought it was a neat location and glad we stopped by!
Written June 26, 2020
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Ashley D
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Mar 2022 • Family
Evan’s Plunge is a neat destination…when they’re open. We travelled 6 hours on spring break to go and they’re closed for maintenance. They apparently posted this info on Facebook like march 2nd but didn’t think to change their hours on their voicemail or their website or google or literally anywhere else people look for something like that.
Written March 17, 2022
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Gerry E
Post Falls, ID1 contribution
Dec 2019
Evans Plunge was my all time favorite attraction when I lived in the Black Hills, and always will be when I return. When I read the negative review posted on June 18, 2014, all I can say is they must have been butthurt when they came in. Absolutely nothing in their review is truthful. The bottom of the pool is black because of the river rock on the bottom. FYI river rock is covered with algae. It is dark green not black. It doesn't smell strongly of chlorine, but chlorine is present. You can't have a public pool without it. It is and always has been the cleanest public pool I've ever visited, I have never witnessed any of the things this person posted, so I'd have to call them a liar. They have never claimed to be a HOT spring so that should give anyone reading this a clue. Hot springs are the source, but it is mixed with colder river water, so it is warm not hot. Depending on where you go upstream, it does get hotter in the river in places, but most of those areas are on private land and inaccessible to the public. I miss the old building they had before they tore it down and replaced it with the new one, but that was eons ago.
Written January 11, 2020
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Cassbella
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA170 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Visited again on our trip back to the Black Hills and had a blast. It was more crowded than last year and I felt bad because they had limited lifeguards. In fact the outside pool was closed because of lack of lifeguards. Kids had a blast going down the slide and swimming around. The water is luke warm more life a cooler bath water. Still enjoyable though. We enjoyed the hot tub, steam room and sauna. Spent about 2 hours there.
Written June 27, 2021
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molly30087
Aiken, SC317 contributions
Jul 2022
They rent towels and lockers. We saw the indoor pools but there were some outside, too. One grandson is 4'-6" tall and a lot of the pool was either 4'-6" or 5' deep. he had to jump up and down in the volleyball area and wasn't tall enough for the rings (5'). There were 2 slides. They have various sizes of life jackets for all sizes of kids. We felt like we were in a sauna watching them. If I went again I'd buy a ticket and use the lap area. There were 2 depths in the corner of the pool for toddlers and older small children. The hot spring water continuously flows through.
Written August 15, 2022
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John H
Lincoln, United States26 contributions
Jun 2020
A must for any family visiting the Custer State Park area. Took the family there for an evening session swim and the kids said it was the best part of the trip. The springs pool is large and has tons of things for all ages to do including slides, rings, and an outdoor pool as well. Water temperature was perfect, the service and life guards were great, and the locker rooms were very family friendly.
Written June 29, 2020
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Evans Plunge Mineral Springs is open:
  • Mon - Mon 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM