Dinosaur Park: Not Just for Reptiles and Kids

Dinosaur Park isn’t just for children. The unusual attraction, built by WPA workers and artist Emmet Sullivan in 1936, is one of Rapid City’s original attractions. Steep stairs leading to the six concrete dinosaurs limits accessibility for some, but city parks officials hope to remedy that soon. The park is bigger than the T. rex and his friends – don’t skip the unusual gift shop at the base of the hill. Also, take time to explore the adjacent Skyline Wilderness Area, 150 acres of forest that parallels Skyline Drive on Dinosaur Park. Though smack in the center of the city, it has been set aside for nature-lovers, bikers and hikers. You’ll see the infamous Hangin’ Tree and Stonewall Overlook, which offers a 100-mile mountain panorama. There are several access points to the wilderness area, including a parking lot by the gift shop.

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