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Dinosaur Park

940 Skyline Dr, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Mon 8a-8p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
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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.

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“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.

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Reviewed by
audrebri

  • 25 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
July 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

FREE park with several dinosaur statues and a great panoramic view of Rapid City, SD. Great place for all ages.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ME Preaux

  • 12 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
April 01, 2015
Rated 3.0

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!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
rosieposie09

  • 4 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
December 10, 2018

FREE park and PET FRIENDLY. Several large dinosaur sculptures and a great panoramic view of Rapid City, SD. Great gift shop as well!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
usandouradventures

  • 6 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
April 08, 2015
Rated 4.0

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.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kathy King

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 07, 2021

Drive not recommended for larger RV's or campers - windy, steep incline. Park was okay, with kids, sure they would enjoy.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
VMike

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 10, 2014
Rated 5.0

Rapid City is a great town and the dinosaurs are a must see. #bodness

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TrippingChickens

  • 15 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 15, 2021
Rated 4.0

My kids loved it, but it really is just Dino statues. No real playground equipment. But is a beautiful view and a gift shop.

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Reviewed by
brylowskis

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2021
Rated 5.0

This was campy, antiquated, and a pure delight. Definitely stop for the photo op.

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Reviewed by
hopestar

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 01, 2021
Rated 4.0

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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Reviewed by
Jenna Messner

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 31, 2021
Rated 3.0

Cute and fun little stop if you’re nearby! Beautiful view of the city and a unique stop

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Dinosaur Park

940 Skyline Dr
Rapid City, South Dakota
57701 USA

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Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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