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Fall River County: Gateway to the Black Hills


PIERRE, S.D. – An abundance of activities await visitors in Fall River County. This gateway to the Black Hills hosts the communities of Hot Springs, Burdock, Edgemont, Provo, Rumford, Ardmore, Oelrichs, Smithwick and Oral.

Located near Hot Springs, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is a popular destination for all ages. Home to America’s largest wild horse herd, more than 500 wild horses roam the Sanctuary’s 11,000 acres.

Visit The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs and discover the world’s largest Columbian mammoth exhibit. Tour an active paleontological dig and view Ice Age fossils exhibited in-situ. To date, 52 Columbian mammoths and three woolly mammoths have been unearthed, making this the only place published that has both species associated together. Other fossils discovered include camel, llama, giant short-faced bear, wolf, coyote and prairie dog.

For more South Dakota history, visit the Pioneer Museum of Hot Springs. Housed in an historical sandstone building that served as a school from 1893 to 1961, this museum is filled with countless treasures from Fall River County. These include handcrafted tools, wood cook stoves, an authentic nineteenth century classroom and a country store complete with supplies. Take a step back in time and imagine how life would have been more than 100 years ago.

Edgemont is the perfect location for hunters, fishermen and vacationers. Located a short driving distance from several lakes, rivers and tourist attractions in the Black Hills, visitors are never short of activities. Edgemont is also home to the Mickelson Trail southern trailhead, which offers cycling, horseback riding and hiking through the beautiful Black Hills. While in Edgemont, visit the Trails, Trains & Pioneers Museum. You might also consider stopping at Angostura Reservoir State Recreation Area east of Edgemont to discover a sweet spot for fishing and picturesque scenery.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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