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Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

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500 Tinton Rd, Spearfish, SD 57783-4006
+1 605-642-2907
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No Longer open

Beware, the sactuary no longer exists. We took a special ride to find this, thinking it would be a... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
di v
Paramus, New Jersey
It's no longer open

I went by yesterday and was really disappointed to find that the sanctuary is no longer open and... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Renee T
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Spirit of the Hills is a non-profit rescue and home for unwanted, orphaned, or rescued animals. Our Mission: To provide a permanent home for unwanted, abused orphaned and neglected animals. Located in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota, the Sanctuary sits on 200 acres of rocky, forested terrain. It is currently home to over 300 animals of 40 different species including tigers, leopards, bears, African lions, mountain lions, coyotes, lynx, emus and a myriad of domestic animals including goats, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, llamas, donkeys and horses. Tours are available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. June 1st - Labor Day. Tours can still be given outside of touring season (weather permitting) by appointment. When the temperature gets higher it's advisable to call ahead to be sure the afternoon tours are still scheduled.
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500 Tinton Rd, Spearfish, SD 57783-4006
+1 605-642-2907
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Beware, the sactuary no longer exists. We took a special ride to find this, thinking it would be a fun experience. After a long, twisting ride through some dirt roads, we find the original location with a small sign indicating it is no longer open.

Thank di v
Reviewed 29 May 2017

I went by yesterday and was really disappointed to find that the sanctuary is no longer open and the gate was locked.

8  Thank Renee T
Reviewed 18 October 2016

It was great to see all the animals. It is really a place where unwanted animals go. people who have gotten exotic/wild animals as pets then realized hum they are too big or to unpredictable. The people here took them in and take care of...More

Thank 439janellec
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Had an amazing tour through acres in the heart of the Black Hills where we met Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other animals who needed to be placed in a sanctuary. They were beautiful and the travel guide taught us so much. I beyond highly...More

Thank fragilmystic
Reviewed 28 July 2016

of course there are animals native to the Black Hills, but there are also tigers and lions! The kids will talk about this stop long after you've driven away.

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We would have liked to have seen this, but because of the excessive heat, they had closed the place and were trying to keep the animals comfortable.

Thank Valerie K
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

What a fabulous find in Spearfish! The tour guide was knowledgable and passionate about the mission of the sanctuary. She had first-hand knowledge about all the animals, sharing many anecdotes. It was very much worth the price and time ! Keep up the great work...More

Thank JBC1466
Reviewed 29 March 2016

In truth, we have only taken a tour of the sanctuary once since we've lived in Spearfish. That's really all it takes to learn about what they do. The property is much larger than you would imagine and they have so many animals, many of...More

Thank jangerkay
Reviewed 23 March 2016

I have been here several times with my family ages ranging from 3 to 50 years old. My 8 year old nephew can be a bit of a "know it all" and yet the staff never let this distract them from the facts or the...More

Thank justJules35
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Each of the animals has it's own story. The volunteers do a terrific job of caring for these rescue animals and explaining how they came to be at the Sanctuary. This facility is respected nationwide and gives anyone, young or old, an opportunity to learn...More

Thank J_KGriffith
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27 October 2016|
Response from Moxku | Property representative |
We are currently closed for touring season.
Roberta M
9 August 2016|
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Response from Valerie K | Reviewed this property |
Tour Prices (Cash or Check only) Kids: age 4-11: $10 (3 and under free) Adults: $15 Senior/Military/Student: $12
Tony R
6 February 2016|
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Response from PattiBerg | Reviewed this property |
I just found the tour book we used when visiting the Sanctuary last summer. It says that the Sanctuary opens at 8:30 a.m. with tours at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., also Fridays at 7 p.m. Allow 2 hours minimum. I'd still contact... More