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Thunderhead Falls, Rapid City

1.5
#30 of 31 in Nature in South Dakota
Waterfall Nature / Park
Thunderhead Falls is located in Rapid City. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Thunderhead Falls by using our Rapid City tourist route planner.
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2.9
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  • Not very professional. There is an old shack where you first buy your tickets and then you are shown a path to walk along. Be careful because the path is wet and muddy. As you get closer you gradually...  more »
  • You can pan for gold(only found one flake) or you can tour the mine. The inside is for purchasing gifts.  more »
  • Signs everywhere advertising this mine with underground waterfall. Drove 30 plus miles to find closed. Saw a local out walking dogs. He stated it's been closed over a year now.  more »
Google
  • 7-25-16: CLOSED!!! What?! Yes. Signage all along the roads, only to find that the whole thing is closed up and over grown. Super bummed...was a fun memory from a previous trip 6 years ago.
  • Great, underground waterfall. Don't miss it!
  • was there 7-16-2016 CLOSED signs everywhere directing to the place and a sign at entrance "CLOSED" .....what a waste of my time to get there to see it CLOSED
  • Absolutely stunning scenery!
  • My Girl Scouts chose this from the online description weeks before our trip. We were terribly disappointed! They were a cash only operation that took our check only reluctantly. The "600" foot waterfall could only be seen for 40 feet. And there was very little information. Don't waste the trip!

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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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