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The Tristate Museum

This is an exceptional regional museum. Among the subjects covered by the collections are cattle and sheep operations, sugar beet and railroads, dinosaurs, music, military displays, and the lives of cowboys, ranchers and settlers. Thereユs a nice saddle collection, too. Free admission, donations accepted.

415 5th Avenue.

(605) 723-1200

 

Johnny Spaulding Cabin

Hereユs a wonderful example of a restored, hand-hewn log, two-story cabin built in 1876 during the gold rush.  Visitors can climb the tiny staircase to the bedrooms, or see how people cooked and lived out West 140 years ago. Located on the Tristate Museum campus.

415 5th Avenue.

Free admission, donations accepted.

 

Center of the Nation Monument

The city of Belle Fourche is the closest settlement to the geographical center of the United States (when one includes Hawaii and Alaska). In 2007, a 21-foot diameter monument of etched South Dakota granite was installed behind the Museum, on the south bank of the river, to house a bronze National Geodetic Survey marker. Itユs a great photo opportunity with a large flag display, and the adjacent Visitor Center can answer a lot of tourism questions. Great spot for a picnic lunch, tooノ

415 5th Avenue.

Free admission, donations accepted.

 (605) 723-2010

 

The River Walk/Bike Path

The Walk is a five-mile circular trail that wanders along the river, visits neighborhoods and the downtown area, and wanders through some of the cityユs parks. Parents with antsy children will appreciate this opportunity to burn off some energy. Bring your Frisbeeェ, as there is a disc golf course along the river near the Visitor Center. For a map, go to Site Map/ Parks/ Belle Fourche River Walk Map. Or pick up a printed copy at the Visitor Center.

Good places to start are Hermann Park or the Museum

Free.

(605) 723-2010

 

Community Center and Indoor Pool

A city-owned complex that centers on a 25-meter indoor swimming pool, it also has a wading pool, hot tub, water slide, huge gymnasium with racquetball courts, a cardio room, weight room, a walk/run track, and even WiFi. Daily rates are available, and are very reasonable. Just what a family needs if the weather turns wet. Modest fees.

1111 National Street

 (605) 892-2467

 

Belle Fourche Country Club

Itユs a scenic nine-hole course, very well maintained with a couple of quite challenging holes. Thereユs a good bar and restaurant (the menu is on their website). You can book a tee time online from March to October, and you can rent clubs if you didnユt bring yours.

10941 SD Highway 34

9 holes with cart $26 to $39 (2015)

(605) 892-3472

 

Center of the Nation AMC Car Collection

This is a remarkable private collection of AMC automobiles housed in a building on the main street (State Street). The owner, Ellis Tripp, is a gracious host who will meet fellow enthusiasts on site if they phone for an appointment. Please note that this isnユt a place for kids to run off some energy: itユs a privilege to be allowed access to this private resource.

709 State Street Free (605) 641-9941

 

Rocky Point Recreation Area

Located on the 8,000-acre Belle Fourche Reservoir (about 5 minutes east of town on Highway 212), the State Parks facility offers beaches, boat ramps, campgrounds, cabins, fish cleaning stations, a dump station, potable water fill, playgrounds, and even game checkouts. Fish species are walleye, yellow perch, channel catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass and tiger Muskie.

18513 Fishermanユs Road

State Park, $6 per vehicle daily rate (2015)

 (605) 641-0023 (reservations advised)

 

Belle Fourche City Parks

There are 11 parks in the city limits. Several have playground equipment.

(605) 723-2010

 

Black Hills Roundup Rodeo

One of the oldest outdoor rodeos in America, where top ranked cowboys and cowgirls compete in barrel racing, bareback, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping and more. Thereユs a weeklong carnival, huge fireworks display, a mile-long parade, a barbecue, ranch rodeo and the Miss Rodeo contest. Wonderful family fun!

Fee for rodeo events (July 4th weekend)

 (605) 723-2010

 

SD High School Rodeo Finals

High school rodeo is a serious business in cattle country: the skills on display are required daily on the ranch. These young men and women love what they do, and they are very, very good at it. This is a great way for families to enjoy a top quality rodeo on a budget. Itユs very exciting, especially for kids who like horses. And nothing tastes as good as a rodeo burger!

At the Rodeo Grounds, mid-June

 (605) 529-5868

 

Belle Fourche Skate Park

If your kids brought along their skateboards, this is a great place for them to burn off some energy. Itユs located half a block west of the Community Center. If you need boards, Wal-Martェ in Spearfish (605-642-2460, fifteen minutes away) usually has a few inexpensive ones in stock, and there are several large sporting stores in Rapid City.

At Highland Park on National Street

Free

(605) 723-2010 – Visitor Center

 

Community Theatre

There are usually about four plays each season.

At the Belle Fourche Area Community Center.

Fee for tickets (April-October)

 (605) 892-2467

 

Belle Fourche Cowboy Band

Organized in 1931, the band is a regional treasure. In 1935, it was invited to play at the Stratosphere Bowl when the National Geographic Society and the Army were making their famous balloon flights. And in June of 1953, the band was invited to play for President Eisenhower at Mount Rushmore, where it was designated as the Presidentユs official band for the occasion. Summer concerts are held in venues such as the band shell in Herrmann Park, the Ranch Rodeo (4th of July weekend), parades and other events. The music is somewhat eclectic – from patriotic to film themes, and classics such as Ghost Riders in the Sky.

 (605) 892-4366

 

Ice Skating/Hockey Rink

An outdoor rink, itユs flooded in winter when the weather is cold enough. Less than a block east and south of the Dakotamart supermarket.

National Street and 7th Avenue Free

 

Center of the Nation Marathon

If youユre a runner you may already know about the Center of the Nation low-key marathon, which is scheduled over six days in six adjoining states – MT, ND, SD, WY, NE and CO.  There are opportunities for full, half and 5K runs. The Belle Fourche leg is on September 14th and begins at 6:30 AM on the River Walk behind the Visitor Center. Register online, and earlier is cheaper.

Sept 12-17, 2016

Entry fee $30 - $150

Hanne@mainlymarathons.com

 

Hometown Thursdays

This is a mini street festival featuring live music, which takes place downtown on Thursday evenings, June through August. Two blocks are closed to traffic for the event and thereユs ample parking, food vendors, shopping, kid activities and a street dance.

State Street (downtown)

Free

(605) 645 4078

 

Center of the Nation Concerts

The Center of the Nation Concert Association is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1992. Each year, CNCA puts on five concerts in the terraced, indoor auditorium at the Community Center, which has remarkable acoustics. They usually run from October through April. There are also FREE outdoor summer concerts at the Band Shell in Herrmann Park, sponsored by the Belle Fourche Arts Council. For a schedule, visit bellefourchearts.com. The park is two blocks east of Hwy 85 on Jackson St.

At the Belle Fourche Area Community Center

Fee for tickets, available by subscription

 (605) 892-3602 or 892-5599

   

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