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Dinosaur Park, Rapid City

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Showcasing seven lifesize dinosaurs overlooking the city, Dinosaur Park has been catching eyes since 1936. Initially gray, these iron and concrete giants were colored bright green and white in the 1950s. Most of them are meant to reflect fossils found in the area. See the models of Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Anatotitan, Protoceratops, and a nondinosaur Dimetrodon--an ancestor of dinosaurs. These all look somewhat goofy by today's standards, and are sometimes described as being from the Flintstones' world. Take in the 160 km (100 mi) view of the surrounding area from this overlook above the town. Plan to visit Dinosaur Park during your Rapid City vacation using our convenient Rapid City itinerary builder.
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  • I'm afraid of heights but decided to go for it and go up the hill. What a fantastic view. The dinosaur figure is immense--it gives me "the willies" looking up to its head! You can see everywhere from ...  more »
  • We stopped here and let the grandkids out to see all the dinosaur statues, and have some fun just running around. There are some nice views from the park. It is a very steep climb to get up to it thou...  more »
  • This place was super cool when I was a kid but my last visit the dinos seamed to be deteriorating and crumbling. This makes me sad as this is a great, free attraction for visitors and locals alike. Gr...  more »
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  • A memorable experience and fun for kids. I just found a photo of me and my 3 brothers on the dinosaurs in 1954. I remember it still and the experience made me love dinosaurs. I combined those photos with recent ones of me at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah into a book I am making for my granddaughter who also loves dinosaurs. It may be corny and not scientifically valid, but take the kids there. They will have fun and keep the memories like I did.
  • Ugh. Large RVs and trailers beware! We owned a delivery service w 30' trailers, so when it comes to handling trailers, my fiancĂ©e is good. Very good. There was not a single place he felt comfortable trying to park here, pull in, back in, or turn around with our 25' gooseneck. The views from the window looked great but we simply couldn't do it. If you are in a car I'm sure it's great. We had just missed the trolley, and didn't want to wait an hour for the next one. Not with a 1 & 3 yr old anyways.
  • It's free! View is beautiful in the late evening. Sculptures are neat but no lights by them. A lot of steps. But worth going up.
  • Great visit for kids, great views. Gift shop is very reasonable. Worth a one time visit. Takes about 1.5 hours out of your day.
  • A cool place to overlook the city. Went here and got to see the sunset and look at the huge dinosaurs on the hill. It's fun to walk around and take pictures. Don't expect to send long here, but overall a cool place to stop at.