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“Very Fun and Wonderful Tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rush Mountain Adventure Park

Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: At Rushmore Cave, you will find fun on all levels! Explore the stalactite-filled caverns of this amazing natural wonder on a fun and educational cave tour. Soar through the sky on the new Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride or try your skill at the New Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride. You are sure to have a great time, full of affordable family fun. It's a total must-do attraction for anyone coming to the Black Hills. Cave tours leave every 15 minutes May-Oct. Attractions open daily, check website for hours and admission prices.
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very Fun and Wonderful Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

When my family and I went to The Black Hills, caving was on the short list of adventures that we wanted to do. I did some research on other caves in the area and this one was the closest and looked to have the nicest tour or adventure options. When we first arrived we had a hard time finding parking, but managed to snag a spot on the downward slope of the hill. Since there were so many vehicles we were expecting to have to wait, but we only waited 15 minutes! The hour tour started with a very energetic guide. She was very knowledgeable in the cave and information about caves in general. The cave itself was beautiful. You will experience many different old formations and see some interesting carvings. You just have to remember to dunk your head every once and awhile. It is important to note that I have never gone caving before, this was a great first time experience. When the tour is over you get the option to purchase different Rushmore Cave memorabilia. They have some great stuff with cool sayings. The apparel is a bit pricy, but you are in a tourist area so it can be expected. I would and have recommend this attraction to anybody.

Visited August 2011
5 Thank UhsoJ
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great experience and no waiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

During our last visit to the Black Hills I wanted to show my wife one of the caves. We stopped at Wind Cave and found there was an hour and a half wait for the next cave tour and it was one that lasted two hours. We didn't want to invest 3 and a half hours so we drove on. After spending the night in Custer we then tried Jewel Cave (another National Monument) early the next morning only to find we had to make a reservation for the afternoon so we left again. Later that day we stopped at Rushmore Cave near Keystone. This is a privately owned cave but still under strict federal control. We waited 15 minutes for an hour long tour led by an enthusiastic young guide and had a wonderful time. There's a nice gift shop and also a zip line that's a lot of fun. Most of the crowd had children with them who seemed to also be enjoying themselves. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Visited September 2011
5 Thank Kim H
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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Refeshing and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

I was fortunate to get an off-season tour from "Carter," one of the cave experts who loves caving so much he even got married there! It wasn't too crowded so we could "rush less" (sorry). This cave is long and has a huge variety of narrow passages and wider areas and the famous "big room." We got both the scientific explanation and the sociological explanation about how people's attitudes toward caves and conservation have changed over time. Carter made comparisons to other Black Hills caves also. Even if you think you are not interested in caves, this is a cool and refreshing break, and you can skip your daily Stairmaster since there's lots of stairs. If there is one thing I would change in the cave it would be to nix the garbage cans. All in all though, it's a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Visited September 2011
1 Thank Ki S
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Mpls, MN
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“An interesting tourist site on a blistering hot day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2011

Rushmore Caves gave us a unique experience of seeing geology beneath the grounds we walk on. It's amazing the caverns that are located here and that it goes on & on. It also was a nice break from the heat of the day -- going from 104 outside to mid-50's in the cave was a pleasant relief.

Visited July 2011
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314 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Not a good value and abrupt, annoying tour guide”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2011

The tour guide ruined our visit here. She didn't want to answer questions and seemed visibly annoyed when a question was asked. If you want to see a cave while in the Black Hills area, I highly recommend driving the extra distance south to Wind Cave National Park. Much better value and they actually like to teach their customers.

Visited July 2011
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