Ride the 1880 Train in KeystoneWhat You Get to See On the Train Ride the Black Hills is known for its forests, wooden canyons, and meadows. Plus, you’ll get to explore the city of Battle Creek, which was home to gold prospectors before and during the turn of the century.
Furthermore, the train passes through the National Forest Service land, making its way from station to station while passengers view the old mines’ remains and the associated operations. On your trip, you’ll notice residential lands, which were previously mining claims. Also, you’ll like the sound of a steam whistle that blows each time the train gets near the point where a private drive crosses the train tracks.
If you're a fan of wildlife, the train ride will not let you down. The Black Hills are home to various kinds of woodland animals, including whitetail deer, wild turkey, mallard ducks, cottontail rabbits, mule deer, woodchucks, and more.
The ride is narrated by a host so that you don't miss anything during the journey. They'll let you know everything about the Black Hills, the points of interest along the route, as well as the train itself. If you want to go deeper into the history of the 1880- train, you can purchase a guide book that’s available onboard the train and at either depot.
Food Items on the TrainYou can purchase snacks at both depots, but you will also be able to buy popcorn, candy bars, and drinks on board the 1880 Train. Plus, the High-Liner Snack Shoppe located in Hill City provides items, such as burgers, hot sandwiches, nachos, ice cream, and soft pretzels from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Obtaining Train Tickets: You can only book your 1880 Train tickets on the day of the ride from the depot your train is departing. If you want to ride the first train on a given day, you can buy your ticket when the Gift Shop opens. If all reservations are full for an upcoming train ride, you should be able to book your ticket as soon as this train departs. Ideally, you should collect your train tickets at least 30 minutes before the departure time.
You now know all about the 1880 Train, so be sure to avail the ride when you visit Keystone, SD.