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Horse Thief Lake, Keystone

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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.
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  • This is a nice little lake not far at all from Mount Rushmore National Monument. A kick stop and a short walk can be very refreshing. 
  • Horsethief Lake is very close to Mt. Rushmore (2 miles), so it is a popular place. The lake sits like an opalescent jewel amid rounded granite boulders and dark conifer forest. A campground has thirty...  more »
  • Can't say much more than Horse Thief Lake is a beautiful a beautiful lake. Located just past Mt. Rushmore.