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THE PETRIFIED FOREST 
 


Opened publicly in 1929 the Petrified Forest of the Black Hills is one of the largest out-cropping of fossilized petrified wood in the area. 

Elk Creek Resort's Petrified Forest of the Black Hills offers a one hour tour starting with a 15 minute video which takes you through the history of the Black Hills from the earth’s beginning to present day. The tour continues through our Museum which houses Petrified Wood, Rocks & Fossils that are 120 to 130 million years old. You will then hike through the Petrified Forest and experience the knowledge gained from the video and museum.



 

We are located 1 mile east of the Interstate-90
(Exit 46) between Rapid City and Sturgis

The Petrified Forest is open April 15th until Oct. 31st,
weather permitting.  For off season tours please call
605-595-7030 or stop by the Resort's office first.

OUR AREA ATTRACTIONS

Petrified Forest
( here at Elk Creek Resort)
Crazy Horse Monument
Mt. Rushmore
Crystal Cave
Bear Country
Reptile Gardens
Custer State Park
Devils Tower

Travel South Dakota
Visit Rapid City
Rapid City Chamber

 

Slideshow photos courtesy of Trip Advisor.  READ THE REVIEWS HERE

What is a Petrified Forest? 

 

South Dakota has an abundance of Different Fossil Species

The terrain today is not the same as it was during the Cretaceous Period 

During the early Cretaceous Period , the entire North American continent was located much farther south. The area, now called South Dakota, was a few degrees to the south of our present latitude and was much closer to sea level. Also, at that time, there were no Rocky Mountains. The combined effects of these geographical differences resulted in an entirely different climate and air mass circulation patterns. Apparently, during the Cretaceous Period , what is now South Dakota experienced higher average temperatures and greater precipitation than occur here today. Over the great expanse of geologic time, the North American plate acted as a huge barge, carrying the fallen trees that were buried under sediments. As the land mass gradually moved north and west, petrifaction of the trees occurred.

Contact Information

Elk Creek Lodge & Resort
8220 Elk Creek Road
Piedmont, S.D. 57769

1-800-846-2267 or 605-787-4884
605-787-6477 fax

General Information: info@elkcreekresort.net  
 

 

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