We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone Number:
+1 605-791-0268
Website
Today
08:00 - 21:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

- BLACK HILLS #1 SAFARI STYLE TOURS - OPEN ALL YEAR - 7 DAYS A WEEK!...

- BLACK HILLS #1 SAFARI STYLE TOURS - OPEN ALL YEAR - 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Convertible-top vehicles ... open for sunny days/closed for inclement weather. View wildlife up-close and safely from inside our vehicles.

Full-size Vans and Minivans - SUV's and ATV's for Off Road Tours -

  Handicap Accessible - Private Tours Available

    Free Pickup/Return to many area hotels.

      Tours include: bottled water, fees & snacks.

          Day Tours also include picnic lunch at lake or waterfall.

            Local Wine or Craft Beer Tasting Tours.

              Special Winter SnoTrax Tours of National Forest and Northern Hills.

                  Winter Ice Fishing and year round Fly Fishing.

                    Over 20 tours to select from.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$135.00*
and up
Badlands Standard or Private Tour
More Info
US$264.00*
and up
Safari #1 and Deadwood/Northern Hills Tour Package

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 160 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 136
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Things to do

We had a wonderful Sunday in February!! We visited Mt. Rushmore, Hill City, Crazy Horse Memorial & Sylvan Lake with Rich as our accomplished driver & guide. The tour was very... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Louise B
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

160 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 160: English reviews
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful Sunday in February!! We visited Mt. Rushmore, Hill City, Crazy Horse Memorial & Sylvan Lake with Rich as our accomplished driver & guide. The tour was very personable, accompanied by Rich's passion for South Dakota.

Helpful?
Thank Louise B
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Louise - I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour of the Southern Hills. It was a fun day for me too . . . my getting out of the office and sharing the 'Hills' with great people is the best! I hope you will have time to return someday so I can show you more. Be Well! Rich More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Toured both Mt Rushmore and Badlands on consecutive days. Jeff our guide was brilliant, weather was really good and no crowds due to winter season.... excellent and highly recommended.

Helpful?
1 Thank Lynda3806
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lynda - Thanks so much for taking time for your review. I'm very happy you enjoyed your tours with Jeff . . . he's very knowledgeable of the region . . . especially the Badlands. I hope you can find time to return someday to see the rest of the 'Hills'. Be Well! Rich More 

harrisburg, PA
Level Contributor
338 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

How cool is it to be able to stand up to observe the scenery and take beautiful pictures without dirty windows or other people in the way! It was also very relaxing since we didn't have to do the driving through such an extensive area and for the entire day. We saw so much on this day...Custer State Park, Needles... More 

Helpful?
Thank francetravel
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi francetravel - I'm glad you enjoyed your Safari tour . . . it's our most popular and its the reason we built our convertible top vans and SUV's. It was fortunate that the weather remained nice so we could travel to all the destinations and open the top up for viewing. Thanks very much for taking time for the... More 

Elko New Market
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We took the Badlands tour with Jeff in September. It was fascinating to learn about the various sediments, to see lots of wildlife (big horn sheep, pronghorns, etc.) and explore the Minutemen Museum and missile site. The topper for us was seeing burrowing owls just as we were leaving the park. Jeff was TOP NOTCH - very professional, knowledgeable and... More 

Helpful?
Thank John_Amy2013
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Howdy John and Amy - Thank you for your kind review. The Badlands are very beautiful and as unique as the Grand Canyon. Jeff is very good at spotting wildlife. He's an avid outdoorsman and possesses a lot of information about both the Hills and the Dakota prairie. I'm very pleased that he came on board with us this spring.... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
Level Contributor
110 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THIS TOUR. I wanted to take a tour of this area, because One, I thought we would miss a lot, because there is so much to see. Second, I'm usually the driver, and I didn't want to miss stuff while I drove. So I found this tour through TripAdvisor of course. I thought that this would... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Brian K
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Brian - I'm very happy you enjoyed your tour with Susie. We've been very pleased with her guiding this summer. She is new with us this year but does have twenty years of Black Hills knowledge to share. I appreciate your taking time for this review and I will heed your advice about Susie. Sorry the weather wasn't more... More 

Bergen, Norway
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We like very much to visit the Black Hills and on several of our visits we have used Black Hills Open Top tours. This time we visited the Badlands and Devil's Tower with Marty as our guide. We had beautiful weather and two great tours with a great and friendly guide whom we liked very much. We also did the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank bentea971
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Bente - It was great to see you both again. I'm glad you enjoyed your tours with Marty. He's new with our company this year but has a vast amount of knowledge, especially of the Northern Hills and Badlands. We are opening a branch office in Deadwood this winter and will be offering back country Safari tours using ATV's... More 

Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

What a fantastic day out! We liaised with Rich (the owner) via email from Australia prior to our trip to USA. Rich was extremely helpful and responded to any of our questions very quickly and we pre-booked our tour online. We did the Safari#1 Plus tour (departing Rapid City) with Susie as our guide. We were in an open top... More 

Helpful?
Thank kayjay176
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi kayjay - Thank you for taking time for your kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed your Safari1+ tour, it's makes for a long day but provides the most you can do and see in one day. Please come back again when you have time to tour the rest of the 'Hills'. I'll pass on your review to Susie. Be... More 

Oakland
Level Contributor
60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Had a great time with our guide Suzie. Took the 9AM till 5 or 6 PM tour in an open top converted van. Oh, what fun! Saw all of Custer State Park, buffalo, wild turkeys, begging burros (they are quite pushy!), but alas no mountain goats wanted to be seen. We had a very nice picnic lunch by a scenic... More 

Helpful?
Thank Excelemv
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Howdy Excelemv - I'm very glad you enjoyed your tour with Susie. She is new with us this year but has been providing excellent service all summer. You made a good choice selecting the Safari#1 tour . . . it's our most popular by fa. Please visit us again sometime and we'll have Susie show you the beautiful northern Hills.... More 

Naples, Florida
Level Contributor
249 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

After reading many favorable reviews of this tour company, I decided to call and set up a tour. Rich, the owner, answered and was very pleasant and provided me with information to enable me to decide between the various tours. We decided on Safari Tour #2 as we had already seen Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument. Jeff, our... More 

Helpful?
Thank Harrisgumby
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Harrisgumby - Thank you very much for your great review. I'm happy you enjoyed your day touring with Jeff. He is new with us this year after retiring as an elementary teacher and he has brought a lot to our team. Safari#2 is one of our most popular tours and is the reason we created our convertible top vans... More 

Level Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Two all day tours for visit to South Dakota, for me the last of all 50. Badlands. Remarkable scenery, great picnic...saw a Magpie. Fossils galore. Hard to conceive this was an 800 ft deep ocean a gillion years ago. The scent of sage was amazing. Guide found us prairie dogs: Standard and albino! Wall Drug is a hoot. Don't miss... More 

Helpful?
Thank Hopalong3
999richw, Owner at Black Hills Open-Top-Tours, responded to this review

Hi Hopalong3 - The Badlands tour you took the first day is very popular with our guests. The Badlands are so unique and have a surreal appearance. Many SyFy movies are made there. Visiting the new Missile Information Center will put a chill in you . . . it's like being back in 1962. I'm glad you enjoyed the Safari#1... More 

Travellers who viewed Black Hills Open-Top-Tours also viewed

 

Been to Black Hills Open-Top-Tours? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Black Hills Open-Top-Tours and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Black Hills Open-Top-Tours staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?