The fact that this is a simple, basic little piece of kitschy Americana makes it even more worth visiting. It’s just off I-90 and it’s free to visit, so it’s a great leg-stretch kind of stop. There isn’t much to see other than the weathered, old-school dinosaur statues, but there’s no reason not to stop and take a photo on your way to Deadwood, either.
“7 dinosaurs overlooking the city”
Dinosaur Park is a tourist attraction in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. Dedicated on May 22, 1936, it contains seven dinosaur sculptures on a hill overlooking the city, created to capitalize on the tourists coming to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore. Constructed by the city of Rapid City and the Works Progress Administration, WPA Project #960's dinosaurs were designed by Emmet Sullivan. Sullivan also designed the Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus) at Wall Drug nearby in Wall, South Dakota, the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the dinosaurs at the now closed Dinosaur World in Beaver, Arkansas. The park is located at 940 Skyline Drive and is maintained by the city of Rapid City. Admission is free, however steep flagstone stairs may limit handicapped accessibility. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1990.
FREE park with several dinosaur statues and a great panoramic view of Rapid City, SD. Great place for all ages.
Those dinosaurs have such a quirky, old fashioned quality, they are totally worth the detour. Plus, you'll get an awesome view of Rapid City and, on especially clear days, of the Black Hills and sometimes as far as the Badlands!
FREE park and PET FRIENDLY. Several large dinosaur sculptures and a great panoramic view of Rapid City, SD. Great gift shop as well!
My kids had so much fun at this little quirky park. The views of Rapid City are notable, but really, its all about the dinos.
Rapid City is a great town and the dinosaurs are a must see. #bodness
My kids said “that was awesome!” We went at night and the views of the city all lit up were amazing.
Awesome little stop. The drive up was pretty great. The park was sweet with the Dino’s and the view was absolutely 360!
Bonus, the gift shop has GREAT prices!!
Great drive, free parking, not stroller friendly...but as long as you can do a lot of steps, it’s totally worth it. My kids 6,4, and 1 loved it! Bathrooms in the cute store.
Fun to walk up to the sculptures and take pictures. Great view of the city. Unfortunately, the visitors center was closed.
The dinosaurs were okay, the views were incredible once you got to the top, you could see for miles
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