Trip Planner:   USA  /  South Dakota  /  Keystone  /  Horse Thief Lake

Horse Thief Lake, Keystone

4.5
#8 of 14 in Things to do in Keystone
Horse Thief Lake is a lake in Pennington County, South Dakota. It is approximately two miles northwest of Mount Rushmore, the closest lake to the monument. It appears to be the lake seen north of Mount Rushmore in the 2007 Disney movie National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets when the entrance to the secret golden city of Cibola is found. However, the lake that is actually in the film is nearby Sylvan Lake, which is just five miles southwest of Mount Rushmore.The lake's name is derived from the fact a gang of horse thieves operated there.
To visit Horse Thief Lake on your trip to Keystone, use our Keystone online trip maker .
Source
Create an itinerary including Horse Thief Lake
map
Horse Thief Lake Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
77 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • October 2, 2017
    We took the time to stop and enjoy the quietness of the peaceful surrounding area. There was a pier where one could go out and watch the fish jump, and take in the beauty of the surrounding environmen...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    The Horse Thief Lake is very beautiful and absolutely worth to visit! So stop for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the nature.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Beautiful small lake just minutes from Rushmore. Paved path with areas to sit as well as restrooms. Nice easy walk to stretch you legs or a nice area for an impromptu lunch.  more »

Plan your trip to Keystone

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Keystone

As a resort town, Keystone has far more guest beds than residents, and you have your choice of lodging type. Stay right in town in simple, clean hotels and motels, or opt for lodges, cabins, and bed and breakfasts that take advantage of the natural beauty of the Black Hills surrounding Keystone. You'll find a few campgrounds and RV parks in the area. A handful of restaurants reside inside the town, so choose accommodation in Keystone if you want easy access to a wider array of dining options.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Keystone by other users

5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Yellowstone National Park, Cody & Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Keystone & Taos BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans