Black Hills

Rapid City is the state’s second-largest city (with an urban population of 75,443 and a metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit

A view from Little Devils Tower
Cathedral Spires
Fire tower at Black Elk Peak