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.
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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
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)
There are 11 parks in the city limits. Several have playground equipment.
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)
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
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
(605) 723-2010 – Visitor Center
There are usually about four plays each season.
At the Belle Fourche Area Community Center.
Fee for tickets (April-October)
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.
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
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
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)
(605) 645 4078
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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