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Why you should visit Hot Springs, SD

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Nestled in the scenic Black Hills, Hot Springs, SD is an idyllic destination that offers a perfect blend of relaxation, outdoor adventure, and natural beauty.

Tipi tent - teepee on a bluff overlooking Hot Springs, SD

Known for its therapeutic warm waters, breathtaking landscapes, and the historic charm of the town, Hot Springs has become a popular spot for vacationers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Is Hot Springs, SD worth visiting?

In a single word: absolutely! Hot Springs, South Dakota, is a hidden gem that beckons for travelers to stop for a night or two to explore local attractions. What can you expect to do in Hot Springs?

Relax in the thermal springs

Hot Springs owes its name to the naturally occurring thermal springs that have been cherished for centuries for their healing properties. The warm mineral waters are rich in minerals and have therapeutic benefits. Visitors can soak in these rejuvenating springs at Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa or Evans Plunge.

Walk amid historic sandstone buildings

Hot Springs boasts an enchanting downtown area with well-preserved historic buildings. The town's sandstone buildings are a prominent architectural feature. The sandstone used in these structures is locally quarried and exhibits a warm, reddish-brown hue that complements the natural beauty of the area.

Explore fossils and ancient dig sites

Visit a working paleontological dig site when you take time to tour The Mammoth Site — an extraordinary attraction that offers insight into the area's prehistoric past. Immerse yourself in an extensive collection of fossils when you visit the World Fossil Finder Museum.

Enjoy outdoor activities in a stunning landscape

The Black Hills surrounding Hot Springs provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and exploring the Custer State Park are just a few of the activities that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region. Nearby, you can enjoy Chautauqua Park, the Freedom Trail, and Wildcat Canyon.

Cool off in the local swimming hole

Dive into the cool, refreshing water of Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, located just nine miles south of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Aside from swimming, this is an idyllic location for photography, birding, hiking, and picnicking.

Go subterranean in one of the world’s longest caves

Just a short drive from Hot Springs, Wind Cave National Park is home to one of the longest caves in the world, with stunning calcite formations. Above ground, visitors can enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking in a pristine wilderness area.

See the Black Hills from above

Gently float above the Black HIlls in a hot air balloon from Western Horizons Hot Air Balloons, or drive toward Custer and book at trip on a helicopter for a variety of tours over the park and local monuments.

Watch wild horses in their natural habitat

A short drive from Hot Springs, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is home to a large number of wild mustangs. Guided tours allow visitors to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.

Take a kayak out on sparkling blue water

Enjoy the stunning blue water of Cold Brook Reservoir in a kayak or from the swimming beach. Take a picnic lunch, do some hiking, or try your hand at fishing in this reservoir — located just eight minutes from Highland Meadows Resort. Check out this video for a great tour of Cold Brook Reservoir.

Go boating at a local reservoir

Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and camping at Angostura Reservoir, just a short drive south of Hot Springs, SD. This reservoir provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The catch of the day? Walleye.

Enjoy a rails to trails biking or hiking trip

Start your ride on the George S. Mickelson Trail on the Minnekahta Trailhead, located a half mile east the intersection of Hwy 18 and 89. This trail is popular for hikers, bikers, and nature enthusiasts. It stretches 109 miles through tunnels and over bridges.

Vacation rentals in Hot Springs, SD

Book your accommodations in advance to take advantage of stunning and memorable vacation rentals. Highland Meadows Resort is located atop a bluff overlooking Hot Springs, SD. This private bluff features 12.5 acres, four cabins, and two authentic tipis for rent. The property balances off with a luxury earth home available for short term rentals and as an event venue.

Highland Meadows Resort: A tranquil haven

Nestled on the outskirts of Hot Springs, Highland Meadows Resort offers a serene and secluded escape from the daily grind:

  • Experience panoramic views from each cabin and tipi at the resort.

  • Enjoy privacy and comfort in meticulously designed cabins and glamping tipis — each equipped with a king-size bed, Adirondacks, and private gas fire pit.

  • Stay in close proximity to many South Dakota attractions. Aside from the local attractions already mentioned, Highland Meadows Resort about 30–60 minutes from:

    • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    • Custer State Park

    • Crazy Horse Memorial

    • Rush Mountain Adventure Park

Book your next vacation in Hot Springs, SD

Hot Springs, South Dakota, is a destination that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and relaxation. The warm thermal springs, outdoor adventures, and historic charm of the town make it an attractive option for vacationers. Highland Meadows Resort, with its secluded cabins and convenient location, adds to the appeal, ensuring that your stay in Hot Springs is a tranquil and memorable experience.

Whether you seek a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adventure in the great outdoors, Hot Springs and Highland Meadows Resort have something special to offer everyone. So, consider a vacation to Hot Springs, South Dakota, and experience the serenity and charm that make this place a hidden gem in the heart of the Black Hills.


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