Large cement dinosaurs on a hill that overlook Rapid City, South Dakota.
This Dinosaur Park was established in 1936 and is set on a large hill of sandstone in the Black Hills. There are 7 dinosaurs framed with a 2-inch black iron pipe, wrapped in a wire mesh frame, and coated in concrete. All of the 7 dinosaurs were originally painted gray. In the 1950's they all were given a new paint job of bright green on the top and white underneath. Keep in mind that in the 1930s, the dinosaurs reflected the thought of what these creatures might have looked like at the time. There are many stairs that lead up to the different dinosaurs so visitors can get some exercise as well. Kids enjoy climbing on the concrete dinosaurs and playing around the area. They are great for photos, as well. The views from the hill where the dinosaurs are located are fabulous and it is fun to look down at Rapid City as well as the prairie views. The park is maintained by the city of Rapid City. Admission is free and they have a great visitor's center, store, restaurant, and an ice cream parlor. The gift shop has some rocks and crystals as well as other souvenirs. Visitors can buy a bag of dirt and pan through it to see what treasures you will find, like arrowheads and gemstones.