Climb Hot Springs

Our Story

Climb Hot Springs, SD

Welcome to historic Hot Springs, South Dakota, a town of 3,700 people nestled in the red rocks of Fall River Canyon, in the temperate southern Black Hills. In September the aspen are streaked with gold, the sun is warm and welcoming, and the warm waters of Fall River are inviting.

Long before Europeans explored America, the Lakota and Cheyenne frequented the warm Minnekahta springs. Originally known as Minnekahta, the town of Hot Springs came of age during the Black Hills Gold Rush days of the 1870s—but it was not gold travelers sought. They came to soak in healing waters, to rejuvenate mind and body.

Tourism is vital here. Evans Plunge, built in 1890, is our oldest attraction, featuring a massive spring-fed pool. The Mammoth Site is a world renowned, active paleontological dig site, where scientists have identified remains of 61 Columbian and wooly mammoths! The Wild Horse Sanctuary is nearby, as is Wind Cave. This unique box work cave is located in nearby Wind Cave National Park, where hundreds of rare, genetically pure bison roam the prairies. Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and Deadwood are an easy drive from Hot Springs.

The Battle Mountain Sanitarium originally treated tuberculosis patients, but since becoming a VA medical center it has served the veterans of battlefields from the Civil War to Iraq. The campus is an architectural feast, perched high above town, on the slopes of Battle Mountain.

Veterans contribute much to the texture of our town; indeed, one of those veterans inspired the event that led us to establish Climb Hot Springs!

 Climb Hot Springs offers something for everyone. Racers will sweat it out on the climbs. Sightseers will enjoy breathtaking views while strolling past historic Victorian homes and sandstone buildings. Walkers and runners are welcome, whether to compete, stroll, or challenge themselves.

Spend the weekend, spend the week, but don’t miss the 4th Annual Climb Hot Springs stair-climbing event—only the second of its kind in the nation!