"City With a Heart of Gold"
Population: 3,632 • Elevation: 5,320
High in the Black Hills, surrounded by Ponderosa pine forests, meandering trout streams and magnificent mountain meadows, is one of South Dakota's most memorable communities — Lead. We pronounce it as "Leed." South Dakota's Outdoor Recreation Capital — home to two major downhill ski area; southern gateway to Spearfish Canyon; direct access to Mickelson Trail; 300 miles of groom snowmobile trails; miles of cross-country ski trails; mountain climbing; hunting; fishing and golfing.
Overnight guests have numerous motel accommodations to choose from and restaurants for your dining pleasure. Attractions in Lead include Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center, Broken Boot Gold Mine and the Black Hills Railroad Roundhouse.
Founded during the great gold rush of 1876 and sustained by one of the richest gold veins ever unearthed, Lead is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and vacationers. Elegant Victorian mansions, quaint little miner homes and old-fashioned store fronts mingle in this mile-high community, built precariously on the steep slopes of the Black Hills.
Activities For Everyone
Daylight hours offer hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hunting or fishing in spring, summer or fall. In winter, 7,000-foot peaks and crisp mountain air greet guests at Deer Mountain and Terry Peak ski resorts. Snowmobilers enjoy 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, while cross-country skiers explore a limitless sea of white. Hotels, B&Bs, numerous restaurants, unique shops, private attractions, parks and fun-filled museums allow visitors to savor the rich historical treasures of the area.
Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center
Take a guided surface tour of the largest gold mine in the Western Hemisphere and see the original 1876 location of the world's richest gold vein. Pan for gold (guaranteed to find real gold!). Tours run seasonally. Open year-round at 160 W. Main Street.