1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour

1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour
222 Railroad Ave. Hill City, SD 57745
1-800-987-9852  
Detail The roundtrip ride is 3 hours.
Detail Appropriate for All Ages
Detail Handicap Accessible
Detail Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
Detail Restaurant and Gift Shop On-site
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Experience travel the way it was in the 19th century on the 1880 Train, a completely restored authentic steam engine train, as you explore the beautiful Black Hills area of South Dakota. This steam engine will give you the full effect with its soul-stirring whistle, smooth, powerful ride, and scenery that cannot be duplicated anywhere else.

The 1880 Train departs from both Hill City and Keystone. The ride is one hour each way and the round trip allows for a one hour break at the destination (whichever city you did not board at)plenty of time for food. You can get a few goodies at the High-Liner Snack Shoppe and enjoy them on the train. If you are really looking for the full experience, eat your meal the way they did back in the 'good ole days' with a box lunch, purchased at the Snack Shoppe. Additionally, there is a gift shop at both train departure locations, offering everything from train whistles to engineer hats. Once you've looked through all your gift options, you can board this historic train and wind your way among the hills between Hill City and Keystone.

Depart from either Hill City or Keystone and experience an exciting ride onboard the 1880 Train while viewing the following highlights:

  • Tin Mill Hill
    • Harney Peak Company placed a giant tin processing plant here.
  • Views of Black Elk Peak
  • Good Luck Tungsten Mine
    • Tungsten is used to harden steel; this mine flourished during both World Wars.
  • Bob Ingersoll Mine
    • Produced a remarkable variety of minerals including feldspar, mica, and tourmaline.

Whether you're visiting Hill City or Keystone during your time in the Mount Rushmore Area, the 1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour departs from both, making it a convenient activity for all area travelers. This is a great activity for any family vacation and for the best experience, be sure to check out other things to do in the area

1880 Train Round Trip from Keystone
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This is a three-hour round trip ride from the Keystone Depot (11:15 am departure), allowing for a one-hour layover in Hill City over the lunch hour. Arrive 30 minutes before train departure.
1880 Train Round Trip from Hill City
Available Now until 12/31/2019 View Detailed Schedule
This is a three-hour round trip ride from the Hill City depot (10:00 am departure), allowing for a one-hour layover in Keystone over the lunch hour. Arrive 30 minutes before train departure.
Frequently Asked Questions for 1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour:
  • Approximately how long does the ride last?
    The round-trip ride is 3 hours - one hour each way and one hour at the opposite city's stop.
  • For what ages is the tour appropriate?
    It is appropriate for all ages.
  • What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
    Dress appropriate for the weather. In the summer months, it may get pretty warm because the trains do not have air conditioning.
  • Will there be time allotted for dining on the ride?
    Yes, you will have an hour for food between rides and you can bring snacks on the train.
  • Where does the train depart from?
    Hill City Station - 222 Railroad Ave. Hill City, SD 57745. /// Keystone Station - 103 Winter Street, Keystone, SD 57751.
  • What sights will be seen from the train?
    Forests, canyons, meadows, Battle Creek, old mines, and wildlife (deer, turkey, ducks, rabbits, and squirrels).
  • Is photography / video recording allowed on the 1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour?
    Of course! Don't forget your camera.
  • Is the train handicap accessible?
    Yes.
  • Is there parking?
    The Hill City depot has free parking. In Keystone, a paid city parking lot is available close by.
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"Great fun!"
Great fun! Loved the narration. Relaxing way to unwind after a full day of walking and activity. Will return with my grandparents - they would love it
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Hassie Gaugau
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"We enjoyed the train ride immensely."
We enjoyed the train ride immensely. I had made arrangements for help in boarding due to my friends stability. We were blessed to have chase, the brakeman, come to our assistance. He helped us to board before anyone else and looked after us two old ladies the entire trip, up and back. All of your employees were great but chase really made our trip outstanding. We will be recommending your train ride to everyone that we see who is coming your way, thanks to chase.
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Tina Christensen
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"A great way to experience the old west and see how travel was way back then."
Highly recommend this train ride. You travel the back lands of keystone sd. The ride is very informative and it is really interesting to watch them fill up the steam train at the stations with water. The tour was absolutely full and when we got back the next tour was going to be full also. This was one of the highlights of our trip. A great way to experience the old west and see how travel was way back then.
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Laura Bozidarevic
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"This was a great experience."
This was a great experience. We were able to see wildlife, the weather was perfect, the guides were very knowledgeable. Only thing that would have been nice was having a way to spend more time at the opposite train station to look around a little more. But, we were able to drive there, so it all worked out.
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