Buy your tickets now!

Special Event Rates

×
Mother's Day
Adult: $39.00
Child (3-12): $19.00
2 and under ride FREE, must sit on a lap
Wine on the Rails
Adult: $49
Child (3-12): $29
2 and under ride FREE, must sit on a lap
Wine Express
Adults only: $59.00
Oktoberfest
Adults only: $59.00
Holiday Express
Adult: $35 , Child (3-12) $16
2 and under ride FREE, must sit on a lap

Holiday Express Spiked!: $49, Adult only

Group Rates

×
Adult
$28.00 round trip, plus tax
$23 one way, plus tax
Children (3-12)
$13.00 round trip, plus tax
$12 one way, plus tax
2 and under ride FREE

2019 Schedule

×

May





June







July








Shuttle tickets are $6 each and must be purchased over the phone.

August



September





October





November/December

 

#1: When selecting your depart from/time, this is the station you will leave from. You will arrive at your first destination one hour after the time listed.

#2: When selecting your return from/time, the time listed is the time you leave that station. You will arrive at the final destination one hour after the time listed.

 

As with any railroad, motive power, schedules and fares are subject to change without prior notice.

  2019 Schedule

#1: Choose Date






2019 Rates
  One Way Round Trip
Adult: $24.00 $29.00
Child:
(3-12)
$12.00 $14.00
2 & Under: FREE FREE

#2: Choose Tickets

Tickets are available! ×

Plan Your Visit

Train Schedule


View full schedule

Choosing Your Seats

Switch sides of the car on your return trip (AB one way and CD the other).Our engine moves from the front to the back. The train does not turn around.

All seat backs flip forward and backward so you do not have to face backwards on either trip.

The following enclosed cars are utilized May 10 – October 13 and for Holiday Express:

Edward Gillette

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open & close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • First car in the lineup as you leave Hill City, so it is very close to the engine (and the whistle!). Last car leaving Keystone
  • Rows 6 & 7 have a glass divider separating them, which makes those rows unable to face the opposite direction. Parties of 4 should sit in Rows 5 & 6 and 7 & 8

Blue Bird

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open & close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • This car is the only handicap accessible car. There are 2 handicap seats available per train on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are required to ensure availability.

Oreville

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open & close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • The onboard host’s seat is located in Oreville. If you want to be close to the narrator of the train and have the opportunity to ask a few questions, choose this car
  • Center of the car lineup

Battle Creek

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open and close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • Includes an observation area in the rear of the car
  • In the summer, this car is the last car leaving Hill City and the first car to leave Keystone
  • If you want an up close look at the engine from Keystone to Hill City, sit in rows 13-15

The following enclosed cars are utilized May 10-12, & 18-24 and September 6 – 29; October 5, 6, 12, & 13 and during Holiday Express:

Keystone

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open & close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • Center of the car lineup
  • Used for special events and in the fall & winter

Rochford

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open and close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • Utilized for special events and in the fall and winter
  • Second to last car leaving Hill City

Hilyo

  • Fully enclosed car with windows that open and close
  • Padded seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • It is a Drovers car or our “little red Caboose”
  • Utilized for special events and in the fall and winter
  • Last car leaving Hill City, first car in the lineup leaving Keystone

The following open-sided cars are utilized May 25 – September 5:

Redfern*

  • Covered car, open on the sides with plastic windows that drop down in case of inclement weather
  • Wooden seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • Located in the middle of the car line up going both directions
  • Utilized for summer departures

* Please note, seating assignments cannot be changed the day you arrive due to a change in weather. Choose an open-sided car knowing it could rain the day you ride!

Harney Canyon*

  • Covered car, open on the sides with plastic windows that drop down in case of inclement weather
  • Wooden seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • This train has the largest window openings
  • Third to last car leaving Hill City, third car to leave Keystone
  • Utilized for summer departures

* Please note, seating assignments cannot be changed the day you arrive due to a change in weather. Choose an open-sided car knowing it could rain the day you ride!

Mystic*

  • Covered car, open on the sides with plastic windows that drop down in case of inclement weather
  • Wooden seats that are able to face one another if you choose
  • Second to last car leaving Hill City, second car when leaving Keystone
  • Utilized for summer departures

* Please note, seating assignments cannot be changed the day you arrive due to a change in weather. Choose an open-sided car knowing it could rain the day you ride!

Accessibility

The 1880 Train is accessible to those in wheelchairs. We are able to accommodate 2 wheelchairs per departure.

Wheelchair seating is Bluebird 1ABCD. The wheelchair person is seated in front of row 1 and guests will be seated directly behind them. We suggest families select either the AB or CD side, to leave room for another party who may need accessible seating on the opposite side.

The Hill City Depot utilizes a lift to board the Blue Bird car. The Keystone Depot has a platform that is even with the cars so no lift is needed.

Restrooms at both depots are handicapped accessible as well as the gift shops and snack bar located in Hill City.

Accessible parking is noted on the maps.

Food & Dining

The High Liner Snack Shoppe
Located right next to the Hill City Depot, the Snack Shoppe offers many options. Items may be enjoyed on the covered deck, taken on the train or taken with you.
View Menu

Gift Shop Snacks & Beverages
All food items available in our depots are allowed on the train. The Hill City Depot offers alcoholic beverages, which are also allowed on the train.

Depot Maps & Parking

HC Depot Map
KY Depot Map
Town of Keystone Map

Hill City Depot Parking
Free parking (including RV) is available at the Hill City Depot. Please refer to the Hill City Depot map for parking location information.

Keystone Depot Parking
Parking near the Keystone Depot is all 3 hour public parking. We suggest parking in front of the Borglum Story Museum, 1 block from the Keystone Depot. The cost is $5 for all day, payble at a self-serve station in the parking lot. Please refer to the Keystone Depot map for parking location information.

Sample Itineraries

Check out these staff favorite itineraries:

Young Couples – Katherine’s Pick
Spend the morning in Hill City and grab a bite to eat before returning to Keystone. 8:45 am Keystone Departure with 1:15 pm Hill City return

Families – Holli’s Pick
Spend some time in Keystone before heading back to Hill City and give the kids some to run around before re-boarding the train! 10:00 am Hill City Departure with 2:30 pm Keystone Return

Quiet Time & Photo Ops
Some of the most beautiful photos are taken during this run. You will have the train mostly to yourself on this early departure. 7:30 am Hill City Departure with 8:45 am Keystone Return

Guest Amenities

Restrooms
Restrooms are located at both depots, but not on board the train. Hill City Restrooms are located in the brick building next to the Hill City Depot. Keystone Restrooms are located inside the Keystone Depot. Public restrooms are also located right across the street at the information center.

Shopping
Hill City & Keystone both offer a depot gift shop. Similar items are offered at both depots.

Picnic Area
The Hill City Depot features a guest picnic area between the Depot and the SD State Railroad Museum

Kids Play Area
The Hill City Depot offers an area where kids can “let off some steam!”

Photo Opportunities
Photo ops with Chug are available at both the Hill City & Keystone Depots

Points of Interest

ATM
Hill City Depot – an ATM is located inside the Hill City Depot
Keystone Depot – an ATM is nearby in the Turtle Town store

Drinking Fountains
Hill City Depot – A drinking fountain is located outside of the restroom building
Keystone Depot – A drinking fountain is located near the north entrance of the depot building

Special Events

May 10-11
#7's 100th Birthday Celebration

May 12
Mother's Day Special

July 21, August 18, September 1
Meet Chug, the Bison Mascot

June 26
Wine on the Rails

July 3-6
July 4th Celebration

July 20
Heart of the Hills Run Ride

September 14
Wine Express

September 28
Oktoberfest

October 13
Train Appreciation Day

Various Dates
Old West Shootouts

November & December
Holiday Express

Train
Schedule

Getting
Here

Depot Maps
& Parking

Sample
Itineraries

Choosing
Your Seats

Accessibility
 

Food &
Dining

Guest
Amenities

Special
Events

Groups
of 20+

FAQs
 

Area
Amenities

 

 

Packages

 

Mt. Rushmore Sightseeing Tour