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.
Drive not recommended for larger RV's or campers - windy, steep incline. Park was okay, with kids, sure they would enjoy.
Rapid City is a great town and the dinosaurs are a must see. #bodness
It is a steep hike up a couple of flights of stairs but they are pretty cool especially for our dinosaur loving 2 year old.
My kids loved it, but it really is just Dino statues. No real playground equipment. But is a beautiful view and a gift shop.
This was campy, antiquated, and a pure delight. Definitely stop for the photo op.
Unfortunately we didn't read through the reviews before coming. The kids saw "Dinosaur Park" as an option and refused to let us skip it! I need to echo the warning to RV travelers. We were on our way home from driving through the mountains in Colorado and Utah, and this drive was at least as bad as those mountain passes. It was a windy, narrow road leading through neighborhoods to the top of the hill. We were very lucky there were no cars coming the opposite direction around the curves, because it was impossible to stay in our own lane.
Once there, the park is as shown in these pictures. All of it. There are several old dinosaur statues on a hill. We spent 5 or 10 minutes walking around looking at them. It was fun. The view was nice. We got to educate the kids on the worthless WPA projects and how they helped dig the country out of the Great Depression.
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