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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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  • Wonderful clean camp! Quiet, peaceful and spectacular beauty! oart of national Park system. Glorua and Larry are wonderful camp hosts who know the area and great directions!!! Thank you  more »
  • We stumbled upon Horse Thief Lake as we were returning from visiting several area attractions. it was in the 90's, so when we saw the lake we just decided to jump in. There are no facilities that we f...  more »
  • boardwalk all the way around the lake, people were swimming and fishing, saw a bunch of crayfish, took a bunch of pictures. beautiful granite along the path.  more »

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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.
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