30 to 60 million Bison once roamed the Great Plains of North America. By the close of the 19th century, it was estimated that less than 1,000 bison survived. This is their story... 

"I believe today that this place is bigger than the dream I had for it. What it means to anyone that comes here will be up to them. Tatanka was not designed as the white man’s version of the Native American. Rather it stands as a centerpiece for two cultures, one whose very lives depended on the buffalo and one who saw it as a means to an end. It recognizes and accepts that this is our mutual history. It can also represent the chance to move forward."

Kevin Costner, Attraction Founder/Owner

While at Tatanka, you'll enjoy:

Larger than life bronze sculpture featuring 14 bison pursued by 3 Native Americans riders.

Northern Plains Peoples Educationl Interpretive Center.

Native American Gift Shop.

Sweetgrass Grill and Snack Bar.

Dances with Wolves movie costumes.

Lakota interprative presentations daily.

Driving Directions: U.S. Highway 85 – One mile north of Deadwood, SD 57732


From Rapid City: Take I-90 (N/NW) to Sturgis - take Exit 30  - at the stop light turn left (west) on to Hwy 14A. Enjoy a 15 mile scenic drive through Bolder Canyon.  As you approach Deadwood you will see a large welcome sign on your right,  turn right just after the sign on to Hwy 85 towards Spearfish.  We are located 1 mile (at the top of the hill) on the right. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

From Spearfish: Head east on I-90 - take exit 17 - at the stop sign turn right (south) onto Hwy 85 towards Deadwood. Enjoy the next 8 miles of the "Old Deadwood Stage Line road".  We are at the top of the hill across from the Lodge at Deadwood on the left. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes.

From Deadwood: We are at the north end of town going towards Spearfish, Hwy 85.  Go North on Main Street, passed the Big D gas station, Cadilac Jacks, and First Gold.  You'll come to a fork in the road, take the upper road and we are 1/2 mile from that point, at the top of the hill, on the right, across from the Lodge at Deadwood.

If you have questions or need help finding us please call 605-584-5678. We would be happy to direct you in.