Rapid City

Mt Rushmore, Custer, Crazy Horse & Sylvan Lake

Badge of ExcellenceRapid City, USA
Private Tour of Custer State Park Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial
  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the best of South Dakota with your own tour guide on this excursion from Rapid City. Spend your day observing local wildlife like American Bison, bighorn sheep, and antelope at Custer State Park. Then, visit the iconic Mount Rushmore before finishing at the unfinished Crazy Horse Memorial that pays tribute to the Native American warrior.
  • Learn about Native American and US history
  • Avoid the hassle of traveling on a large tourists bus
  • Visit three top attractions: Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial
  • A private tour ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:30 AM

Pickup details

An Adventure Guide will greet you and will be driving a Yukon XL, Tahoe or Van with the My XO Adventures Logo on the side.

What To Expect


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Iron Mountain Road

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Custer State Park Visitor Center

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Custer State Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Mount Coolidge Fire Lookout Tower

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cathedral Spires

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sylvan Lake

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Needles Highway

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Crazy Horse Memorial

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for those with transferring issues such as stepping up and out of a high clearance van.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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81 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 81 reviews
Michael_R, Apr 2024
I had a private tour with Daniel. He was extremely knowledgeable and conversational and which made the all day trip such fun along with a learning experience throughout. Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for your recommendation! It's nice to have a private tour where your interests are the center of attention! We appreciate having the opportunity to host you during your visit. See you down the road...
Thanks for My XO, served a memorable trip to our life!
Duan_H, Oct 2023
We were so lucky booking the tour with My XO, because by surprised happy that our tour guide, Dave who was not only knowledgable and informative, but also he was enthusiastic and passionate for the job. We enjoyed that Dave told us many rich history of every where we visited, from Mt. Rushmore to sweeping landscapes, rock scenery and exotic wildlife. Highly recommend for My XO and Dave, the wonderful tour guide!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for the review! Dave is a great guide, and knows all kinds of stories about the Black Hills and Badlands. There’s a lot to see, learn and experience out there without a rigid schedule. Please do come see us again!
first view if Mt Rushmore...
Cheryl_D, Oct 2023
first view if Mt Rushmore was awesome. Our travel guide was so kind and helpful. We learned alot about the areas visited.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you so much for the review, Cheryl! Sometimes, seeing something like Rushmore for the first time leaves you speechless. We appreciate the opportunity to have hosted you during the visit and hope to see you down the road again. Safe travels!
Our Review
David_P, Sep 2023
Margi was excellent and knowledgeable - Mt Rushmore and Custer State Park were amazing!! I would highly recommend XO.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Margi is a great guide, and we're happy to have her as a part of the team! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We hope you come back this way again. See you down the road...
Best Tour!
veronica_m, Aug 2023
The tour was perfect for us! We enjoyed sitting back and taking in all the beautiful sights without the stress of navigating thru the twists and turns of narrow roads if we drove ourselves! Very enjoyable and informative!
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Ohh, the twists and the turns. Yes, it's most definitely a better experience as a passenger! Relaxing and taking in all the beautiful Black Hills has to offer is the way to go. We're so happy you enjoyed the adventure, and we hope to host you again. Safe Travels!
Great tour.
Connie_M, Jul 2023
Wide range of sites & a lot of information given for a memorable tour. Would do this tour again. Would recommend this tour for any age group.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Thank you, Connie! It was an honor to host you during your visit. Thank you for packaging your reservation of Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse, and the Badlands Sunset and Night Sky. So glad you had a great time and hope you come back to see us again!
Awesome way to spend your day!
Jennifer_G, Jul 2023
It was an awesome way to spend the day and get all the highlights of the area! David was our guide and he was great. Very knowledgeable, personable and knew the area blindfolded. Mt Rushmore was amazing and the views are breathtaking. We hit all the spots - Mt Rushmore, Doane Robinson Tunnel, Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop, Iron Mountain Road, Legion Lake, Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye & Highway, Crazy Horse, drove thru cute towns, thru some engineering wonders, saw tons of landscapes, and David is full of history. He also handled those winding roads with ease. Thank you for sharing your passion with us!
Response from Host, Jul 2023
David probably could do it blindfolded, but we discourage him from doing so! He’s an awesome guide, and you were awesome guests. Thank you for your trust, and we’re so pleased you had a wonderful time. Please do come back. The Black Hills have a way of calling for your return! Safe travels and we hope to see you down the road…
Dawn_T, Jul 2023
Even though the weather didn't cooperate as much as we would have liked, Cecilia, accommodated us and made the trip amazing. She patiently allowed us to walked freely under no time constraints and was cooperative when we asked for pictures. I would recommend this trip to others.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience! Celia is a great guide, and we’re happy to have her as a part of the team. We’re so glad you had a great time, and hope you come back to South Dakota for another visit!
Learn so much AND let someone else drive!
Rhonda_M, Jun 2023
We booked our tour at the last minute (13 hours before pickup time) when we decided we didn’t want to drive those roads and get lost in the hills! They were very accommodating and our guide, Dave, knew the roads very well. We saw so much more than we would have on our own and Dave was incredibly knowledgeable about plants, animals, and the territory.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thank you for the review! David is a great guide, and works hard to make sure you see all things possible on our tour. I'm sure you heard the backstories that can't be learned from reading books or studying maps. We're so glad you had a great time and hope to see you down the road!
David was extremely...
Dan_T, May 2023
David was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Crazy Horse Monument in one day. We had a great time!
Response from Host, May 2023
Our team thanks you! We all work very hard to make sure you have a good time, get the right ground covered, and learn in the process. David is a great guide and we're lucky to have him. We sincerely appreciate the review, and hope to see you again down the road!
Vicki_L, May 2023
What an amazing day we had with David our tour guide. He gave us an awesome experience for the whole day, his knowledge and conversation skills were great. He provided all the information about the monument, crazy horse, the needles, Custer park and d made it interesting. Amazing to see the bison and the other wildlife. Would highly recommend this tour. Thank you David for a great day.
Response from Host, May 2023
I just relayed your comments to David; he was thrilled to hear this! We always appreciate the feedback. It helps us grow our family-run small business, get great guides and provide excellent tours! It was our pleasure to host you. See you down the road!
Fabulous experience
Diana_C, Apr 2023
The entire experience was fabulous! Daniel was so personable, knowledgeable & passionate about his job. The monuments certainly speak for themselves, but one of the most enjoyable parts of the tour were the breathtaking routes he took us on. Basically, we were just blown away!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Aww, thank you so much, Diana! I appreciate the review. I had a great time with you both, and I hope the journey ahead is full of more adventures!
Memories of a Lifetime
Tomasz_S, Oct 2022
Seeing Mt Rushmore in person and learning many extra interesting historical facts was better than we could’ve ever imagined. Dave was a terrific guide and allowed us to relax in the magnificent beauty around us.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We very much appreciate every review! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our tours. We do our best to make the day a great experience for our guests. We offer history, geology, secrets, off-the-beaten-path places, and more, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the day. You can make the most of the experience by hiring a certified guide. Safe travels, and see you down the road!
awesome adventure
miyoung_s, Oct 2022
we loved the beautiful scenery of custer state park, we wished that crazy horse would be finished, but all was an awesome sight!!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Miyoung! I had a wonderful time with you both. Thank you for choosing My XO Adventures as your host during your stay. Part of the visit to Crazy Horse is seeing a great project in process! I think we should make another reservation for a tour 10 years from now and see what happens! We sincerely appreciate you leaving a review and do hope to see you again in the not-so-distant future. Safe travels!
A great day w a great guide, Cindy. Saw things we never could have uncovered in our own. Very comfortable vehicle.
Gordon_P, Oct 2022
Mt Rushmore/ Crazy Horse / Custer / Needles Hwy / Sylvan Lake Had a great day. Saw things we never would have found on our own. Thanks!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Gordon, the best way to experience any part of the world is through a private guide! When you do, you get the benefit of having the guide be focused solely on your experience and comfort. Some things you see along the way come alive with context and history, not just their visual beauty. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, and we sincerely appreciate the opportunity to host you during your visit.
Wonderful Day
Karla_R, Sep 2022
The entire tour was a wonderful experience. I thought each and everything we viewed was unforgettable.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you Karla, we’re so happy your enjoyed the day with us. Often guests arrive with Mount Rushmore in mind for the focal point. Then, the Black Hills are revealed as we travel through the winding roads with beautiful vistas. The stories abound and before you know it, you’re visit turns into a pleasant surprise of unimaginable natural wonder. We hope to see you down the road and it’s been a pleasure to host you during your stay. Safe travels!
Worth it!
Meghann_S, Sep 2022
Daniel was amazing! There wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer. Lunch was great and he ensures we had a good time!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
I'm sure there was a question you could have stumped me on! We try our best to ensure every detail is an experience. I'm really happy we had the chance to showcase the Black Hills for you and hope you left with many fond memories. Thank you again, and see you down the road!
Highly Recommend Tour and Tour Company!
Brian_S, Aug 2022
Great tour, Tour guide was very knowledge, very nice. Really enjoyed the day. I would highly recommend Ashley! Lunch was great! Enjoyed all the sites!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
I’m so glad you had a great experience Brian. Ashley is an awesome guide an has a natural way to make the experiences customized for you. She is very nice too! We sincerely appreciate your feedback and hope to see you down the road.
Pilar_A, Aug 2022
This tour was above and beyond my expectations and it was mostly due to our tour guide Ashley. She is incredible, nice, knowledgeable, entertaining and always in control. Yes, I will definitely recommend this company to friends and family.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you Pilar! Ashley is able to connect you to the Black Hills and Badlands in unbelievable ways because of her genuine love for the area. Each cycle of life, time of year and geographical location has its own story which she’s able to bring to life. If you’re happy, then we’re happy. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we’ll see you down the road!
It was an awesome tour...
Iryna_M, Jul 2022
It was an awesome tour with amazing tour guide Ashley and her trainee Dave. She is very knowledgeable and knows the best views and spots. She made this day about Black Hills and you. It was one of the best tour that we took and definitely the best desigion made during this trip . Highly recommending .
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Ashley and Dave are wonderful team members! I appreciate your review and sharing the experience with others thinking of scheduling a tour. it makes us so happy to see that our guests have had a great experience, and when you return, we'll be here!!

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