Rush Mountain Adventure Park
You'll find fun on all levels at Rush Mountain Adventure Park
For an adventure filled day for the whole family, your “must-visit” destination is Rush Mountain Adventure Park! From sharing the thrill of the pigtail turns on the mountain coaster, the excitement of the 3 story Wing walker Challenge Course, the experience of the Gunslinger 7D interactive movie, to the feeling of flight on the Soaring Eagle Zip-ride, this place will have you smiling from ear to ear! Be sure to venture on a guided tour of Rushmore Cave as well and see the beauty that lies beneath these beautiful Black Hills! Rush Mountain is located just 5 miles outside of Keystone on Highway 40.
Rush Mountain Adventure Park Attractions
It is a roller coaster that features one and two-person carts that are securely connected to rails that silently wind through the trees and over the mountainside. All riders and their carts will stay securely on the track at all times with each person wearing a seatbelt. The individually controlled carts of the mountain coaster have been designed to reach speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour with tight, exhilarating turns. If you are a daredevil, you can go all out and reach top speeds, but if you are the nervous type, you can pull back on the brake, control the speed and experience Black Hills vistas in a whole new way.
Journey into an unseen world on a guided walking tour and discover stalactite-filled caverns. Learn about the geology that formed the world-renowned Black Hills cave systems. Tours leave regularly. No reservations required. The last tour leaves 1 hour before close.
Ever wanted to be a ninja warrior? Or maybe a stunt double? Get ready to test your inner daredevil! The Wingwalker Challenge Course is 3 levels of high flying obstacles and challenges that test your skills, balance, agility, and fearlessness! There’s even a mini one for the youngest adventurers.
It has all the same balance & agility challenges as the larger Wingwalker, just at a level where the parents can assist in the training!
This ride redefines the interactive experience like nothing ever before. The Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride is an incredible multi-sensory interactive attraction the whole family will love. Feel the seat move, the wind in your hair as you take one of 3 different adventurous journeys into dangerous territories. Shoot your laser gun at targets along the way. Compete against your friends and family for the highest score and bragging rights. It’s a blast!! We can’t wait for you to try it.
Soar through the air like an eagle on this unique zipline attraction. This family-friendly attraction lets you experience the sensation of flying while accelerating 630 feet down the mountainside on a suspended cable. You can even share the fun with a friend on the comfortable side-by-side seats. The excitement doesn’t end at the bottom though, because this unique ride then pulls you back up the hill. One unique fact about this zipline is that it is not a hanging harness system. You will sit in a formed seat with a seat belt, which allows riders of all ages to share in the excitement!
Rush Mountain Adventure Park Frequently Asked Questions
First thing in the morning! The crowds are lightest then and you will have plenty of time to get everything in!
The Wristband with added Cave Tour is the best deal and most recommended by our visitors!
On South Dakota Hwy 40, between Hermosa and Keystone, SD. Rush Mountain Adventure Park is a bit off the beaten path, approximately 5 miles down Hwy 40 from Keystone’s only stoplight. It’s a beautiful drive and definitely worth making the trip! Here’s a map!
You can easily spend 2-3 hours or more at Rush Mountain! The guided cave tour last approximately 1 hour. Allow extra time to take in the attractions and rides. The amount of time needed will depend on how many times you want to ride and the number of other guests on the property!
Yes! Let’s just say it’s a good idea to bring your FitBit to track your steps. Part of the draw of Rush Mountain Adventure Park is all the outdoor options, with fun on every level! That being said, the attractions are built on the side of a hill/mountain so there are steep inclines and a lot of stairs to get from one attraction to the next. Inside Rushmore Cave there is also uneven ground, stooping for a low ceiling, and several sets of stairs, but the tour guides take an easy pace with frequent stops to explain formations.
Wear good walking shoes (closed-toe shoes with a good sole are best), and bring a light jacket for the cave tour. You are welcome to bring a camera for photos if you’d like but we also offer personalized photos for purchase. We do NOT have lockers or a place to store personal items, so you will want to leave bags/purses/backpacks locked securely in your vehicle, as these items are not allowed in the cave, on the mountain coaster or zip ride for safety reasons. If you plan to bring children under the age of 3, you may want to leave the stroller in the car and bring the carry pack instead. (A front child carry pack is recommended for the cave tour.)
During the summer season, Sparky’s Snackitorium is open with food, drinks, and snacks available to re-fuel your family. When Sparky’s is not open, the gift shops offer drinks and snacks. You can see Sparky’s menu and hours of operation listed on our calendar under the Snack Bar.
To ride as a passenger on the Mountain Coaster a child must be 3 years old AND 38 inches tall. This is so that the seat belts will fit appropriately and keep all riders safe. On the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride and Gunslinger 7D Interactive Dark Ride, a child must be 42” tall to ride. The Sky Tykes Challenge Course is perfect for even the smallest adventurers. Children must be under 48″ tall and able to fit into our tiny harnesses. Children of any age and height can participate in the Rushmore Cave tour. (The Lil’ Tykes option is for children that are under 5 and between 38″ tall and 42″ tall.)
Friends, co-workers, and even grandparents and grandchildren can ride on an attraction together, laugh out loud and build lasting bonds. The rides are thrilling enough for adventure seekers, but still reachable for the faint of heart. All these offerings are surrounded by beautiful Black Hills scenery with plenty of photo opportunities. Plus, when guests embark on a guided cave tour, there are all kinds of educational tidbits about cave formations such as stalactites and flowstone, and the “Big Room” in the cave is truly an awe-inspiring place to see. It’s education and fun all wrapped into one location!
It is worth the drive! Rush Mountain Adventure Park is on Highway 40 between Keystone and Hermosa. It is typically not a place you would happen to drive by, but it should be a planned destination. Often, the feedback we receive from guests is how utterly amazed they are at the quality and uniqueness of the park’s attractions. Many people compare the attractions to similar ones offered at larger theme parks in other parts of the country and are overjoyed that they found it right here in the Black Hills.
The shoulder seasons are a great time to visit! Rush Mountain is generally open on weekends in March & April, and nearly every day in September & October! In the month of August, during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is another really great time to stop by! For the most up to date information on our hours visit the Hours Page.