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. Take a look at our Rapid City itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Cosmos Mystery Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 10, 2017
    This attraction is a little odd, but in a good way. There's no easy way to describe it other than it will leave you wondering which way is up. Highly recommended.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This was a fun adventure my husband and I went to and it was really cool. You (I) went into it skeptical and trying to figure out how they "rigged" it but once you go through the shack and feel the we...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Recommended by two friends. Weren't real sure about it but so happy we did it. It's a short, quick distraction stop in the middle of a week of lots of driving. Kids loved it. Young tour guides are per...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    This was a fun experience for the whole family. Our 3 girls had a blast! Hunter was our guide and did a great job!
  • June 11, 2017
    So much fun! Abby our tour guide rocked! Extremely mind blowing! And the geode cracking was kinda cool. Worth the money!
  • June 17, 2017
    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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