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Along The Way - Interstate 90

Westbound from Chamberlain on I-90

The rugged badlandsAs you leave Chamberlain, the landscape begins to change. After crossing the Missouri River, the "West River Country" begins. Farming is rapidly replaced with ranching as the dominant agricultural feature as you head farther west. Small communities that were first created by railroad and homesteading around 1900 are now convenient travel stops along the Interstate. When you reach Wall, look to the west and try to spot the Black Hills on the distant horizon. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way as well. Some of the fun and educational stops are...


Mile Post(MP) 263 (Chamberlain) Rest Area with South Dakota information and historical displays
MP 260 (Oacoma) Al's Oasis Restaurant and historical displays
MP 192 (Murdo) Pioneer Auto Show and Museum
MP 170 (east of Belvidere) 1880 Town and Museum
MP 150 (Kadoka) Historic Depot Museum
MP 140 (west of Kadoka) Scenic Overlook
MP 131 (Cactus Flats) Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead
MP 110 (Wall) Wounded Knee, The Museum, Wall Drug Store, National Grasslands Visitors Center
MP 100 (Wasta) Cheyenne River Rest Area
MP 66 (Box Elder/Ellsworth Air Force Base) South Dakota Air and Space Museum

ROAD CONDITIONS -

  • South Dakota: 511

Day trip to Devils TowerEastbound from Gillette on I-90

After leaving Gillette, Interstate 90 glides over the plains of Wyoming to just east of Moorcroft. From that area the route begins to enter the northwestern Black Hills region. While on this stretch of Interstate look to the north for occasional glimpses of Devils Tower. You will notice more pine and cedar trees as you approach Sundance. From Sundance east into South Dakota the Interstate follows the northern edge of the Black Hills to Spearfish. Another hour south from Spearfish finds your trip passing through Whitewood, Sturgis, and into Rapid City. Mileposts to be looking for along the way are...


Mile Post (MP) 130 (Gillette) Rockpile Museum, Coal Mine Tours
MP 153 (Moorcroft) Highway 14 to Devils Tower, Keyhole Reservoir
MP 185 (Sundance) Highway 14 to Devils Tower, Crook County Museum
MP 199 (Wyoming Highway 111) Scenic Drive to Aladdin on Highway 111
MP 205 (Beulah) Vore Buffalo Jump Archeological Site
MP 1 (South Dakota) Rest Stop and Visitors Center
MP 10 (Spearfish) Black Hills Passion Play, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Highway, Black Hills State University, US Highway 85 to Belle Fourche
MP 17 (Highway 85) Deadwood, Lead, Gambling, Outdoor Sports, Museums
MP 30 (Sturgis) Ft. Meade Museum, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Bear Butte State Park
MP 34 (south of Sturgis) Black Hills National Cemetery

ROAD CONDITIONS -

  • Wyoming: 888-996-7623
  • South Dakota: 511