Lead | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Lead

  • Lead
Founded: 
1890
Elevation: 
5,320 ft.
Population: 
3,632

Located in the Northern Black Hills, Lead is a former mining town that has transformed into a vibrant city full of unique attractions and events. From historic sites to outdoor adventures, Lead is a must-visit destination in the Black Hills.

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Located at the historic Homestake Mine, this visitor center offers educational exhibits about the mine's history and current research efforts. Don't miss the opportunity to go underground and tour the world-famous Yates Shaft.

Historic Downtown

Experience the charm of Lead's downtown with its unique shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. Take a guided tour of the city's historic sites and learn about its mining and Wild West past.

Mickelson Trail

Hike or bike the 110-mile Mickelson Trail, which runs through the heart of the Black Hills and passes through Lead. Experience the beauty of the Black Hills and maybe even spot some wildlife.

Annual Events

Lead is home to many events throughout the year, including the Gold Camp Jubilee Days.

Terry Peak Ski Area

Enjoy skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of the highest peak in the Northern Black Hills. The area also offers snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and other winter activities.

Discover Lead, a vibrant city that has transitioned from a former mining town to a cultural and recreational destination. With its historic downtown, unique attractions, outdoor adventures, and annual events, Lead has something for everyone. Come and experience the beauty of Northern Black Hills and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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George S. Mickelson Trail
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George S. Mickelson Trail