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The two RV Gypsies
at Dinosaur Park
940 Skyline Drive 57701
in Rapid City, South Dakota
'605.343.8687
May 19, 2016

Free family fun with concrete monsters at one of the Black Hills’ original tourist attractions, open to the public since 1936!  Dinosaur Park is located on a ridge of sandstone that encircles the Black Hills.  Along this ridge dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous have been found.  Not far from the park dinosaur footprints have been found.

sign and view by the gift shop Welcome to Dinosuar Park sign
National Register of Historic Places sign

Two Dinosaur statues outside of the Gift Shop

sign-Protoceratops outside the gift shop Protoceratops outside the gift shop
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Lee Duquette climbing up the start of many stairs to Dinosaur Park.

many stairs to Dinosaur Park.

The five sculptures were a Depression-era project cooked up by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, who saw them as a way to make jobs, get the government to pay for it, and capitalize on the flood of visitors to nearby Mount Rushmore. Emmit A. Sullivan is credited as the sculptor -- the same artistic genius who created the Christ of the Ozarks and the dinosaurs at Dinosaur World in Arkansas. The dinosaurs were dedicated on May 22, 1936, on the crest of a hill overlooking the city. The five figures -- an Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex., and a Brontosaurus, were fashioned from concrete over iron pipe frameworks.

Apatosaurus signApatosaurus and Karen Duquette
two more dinosuars Dinosaur Park

Standing on Dinosaur Park with spectacular 100-mile views and looking to the east, the South Dakota Badlands can be seen.  Most rocks of the Badlands are too young to have dinosaurs preserved, but fossil mammals are superbly represented.  To the west and north of the Black Hills, dinosaurs have been found in great abundance in the basins of Wyoming and on the Northern Great Plains.

Panorama view from Dinosaur Park
Panorama view from Dinosaur Park and Karen Duquette
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view from Dinosaur Park

Menu for the two RV Gypsies
in South Dakota
Sites 12-15
May 15-20, 2016

You may view these adventures in any order your choose.

(There is also a link to Wyoming at the bottom of this page)

bullet S.D. Welcome Center/Rest Area/travel (site 12)

bullet Travel photos in South-Central SD

bullet Mitchell Corn Palace - site 13

bullet Badlands Petrified Gardens - site 14

bullet Wall Drug, the Jackalope and more- site 14

bullet Rapid City, The Berlin Wall, and more- site 15

bullet Bear Country USA

bullet Chapel in the Hills

bullet Cosmos Mystery Area

bullet Dinosaur Park in Rapid City

bullet Formal Gardens and sundial in Rapid City

bullet Pactola Lake, part of Black Hills National Forest

bullet Presidential Statues in Rapid City

bullet Marlins Restaurant

CAMPGROUNDS THE TWO RV GYPSIES STAYED AT IN SD

bullet Sioux City North KOA in North Sioux City, SD

bullet Hills RV Park in Plankinton, SD

bullet Belvidere East Exit 170 KOA in Midland, SD

bullet Three Flags RV Park in Black Hawk, SD

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sites in South Dakota, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Buffalo, Wyoming.