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Petrified Forest of the Black Hills

8220 Elk Creek Road, Piedmont, SD 57769
+1 800-846-2267
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Don't waste your time

We were really disappointed in this. First off....if you don't take my advise and go anyway, take... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Ronda O
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Loved it! If you are a rock hound - you should see this!

If you are a rock hound and love to hear about how the Badlands and the surrounding area (Rapid... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Cat E
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“rock shop” (10 reviews)
“minute video” (5 reviews)
8220 Elk Creek Road, Piedmont, SD 57769
+1 800-846-2267
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We were really disappointed in this. First off....if you don't take my advise and go anyway, take the complimentary vehicle up the hill. Horribly rutted and could damage a small car. The gift shop was old, dated, dusty, and not much to look at. We...More

Thank Ronda O
Reviewed 2 July 2017

If you are a rock hound and love to hear about how the Badlands and the surrounding area (Rapid City, Custer, Hot Springs) consisting of 140+ miles in South Dakota lands are formed, then you should stop here before you begin your travels around the...More

Thank Cat E
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This destination is a tourist trap that time forgot. It's clear the exhibits have not been updated in 2-3 decades. There is very little information about the geology outside of a poorly (and likely locally) produced video. The "theater" is a bare plywood room with...More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We enjoyed the orientation movie and found it quite informative. The museum and the rock shop are both nice. The scenic view is lovely. We enjoyed the wildlife. Although the ground is uneven in places, we enjoyed our walk, and we found the petrified wood...More

1  Thank Mark F
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This was a neat place to stop and see many examples of petrified wood. It really isn't a petrified forest but more like a bunch of petrified wood in a nice, wooded area. The short hike is really cool with very scenic views of the...More

2  Thank SandeeAndy
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We lucked into this place when it was very quiet. We had no trouble driving our motorhome up and down the hill and had a nice picnic in the parking area. THe info presented during the movie and in the museum really helped us put...More

1  Thank sealrocker
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

I read the previous review from the family of 5 and wanted to check it out! I really enjoyed listening to Mr. Scott explain how the Black Hills were formed. My husband fell asleep during the movie so I left to snooze in the museum...More

1  Thank RMeChic
Reviewed 30 July 2016

I'd rec. this place if you are in the Black Hills / Rapid City area looking for something to do - and you have not been to or are not planning to go to some other better known sites for petrified wood. This site makes...More

2  Thank Hrothmir
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We stopped here while on vacation with our 3 kids (8, 5, and 2). The power was out due to a storm we followed in to town, so we missed the video some of the other reviewers have mentioned. The Petrified Forest attraction is located...More

1  Thank Dean B
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Fantastic stop. Best video for explaining the earth, and development of rocks and fossils in simple terms. The accompanying exhibits were curated well. Despite a thunderstorm and hail and power failure, we had a good time and readily forgave the outdated, dusty venue. Spruce it...More

Thank Patricia C
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Questions & Answers
7 March 2017|
Response from kelseypj1 |
Anyone know the operating hours? Can't find on their website
23 June 2016|
Response from rollandhand | Reviewed this property |
No. No way. I thought I mentioned that in the review.