Cosmos Mystery Area, Rapid City

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Explore the mysteries of Cosmos Mystery Area, where water flows uphill and you can sit on a wall. The area was discovered by chance in 1952, and has drawn curious visitors ever since. On the tour, you can participate in the demonstrations of seemingly reversed gravity. The illusions created by the natural phenomenon known as gravity hill are most dramatic inside the on-site cabin. Note that the tour requires navigating forest paths that are not wheelchair or stroller accessible. Bring comfortable shoes for the walk. Plan to visit Cosmos Mystery Area and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rapid City attractions using our Rapid City holiday planner.
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  • The Cosmos Mystery Area is based on the story of two guys that decided to build a cabin in the woods and found that, after it was built, strange things happened there such as balls rolling up hill, sh...  more »
  • When we told friends and family we were going to South Dakota for vacation, nobody mentioned this place. It definitely gets over shadowed by the other tourist destinations in the area. We really liked...  more »
  • Guided tour up a hill to a shack that is built at an angle. The area inside and outside allow you to experience strange gravity defying stunts. Inexpensive fee.  more »
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  • This place was super cool. I recommend that you go there at least one in your life. It is so weird but I loved it. I would love it more if there was more to do than just visit the "hotspot" But our tour guide was supper friendly and funny.
  • Super cool place for the whole family! Our tour guy was very friendly & had a great sense of humor. I've never been anywhere like it in my life! I loved it, will be back for sure.
  • This was a fun experience for the whole family. Our 3 girls had a blast! Hunter was our guide and did a great job!
  • So much fun! Abby our tour guide rocked! Extremely mind blowing! And the geode cracking was kinda cool. Worth the money!
  • Very fun. This attraction will keep you off balance. It is also a very good place to take your kids.

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In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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