Thirty to sixty million bison once roamed the great plains of North America. By the close of the 19th century, it's 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 will come 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, Grand Opening Speech.

While at Tatanka, you'll enjoy:

Larger than life bronze sculpture featuring 14 bison pursued by 3 Native American Horseback Riders.

Norther Plains Peoples Educationl Interpretive Center

Native American Gift Shop

Sweetgrass GrillSnack Bar

Dances with Wolves movie costumes

Driving Directions

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

From Rapid City: Take I-90 (N/NW) to Sturgis - and use Exit 30 (last exist into Sturgis) - there is a stop light

at the end of the exist - turn left (west) which is Hwy 14. You will have a nice drive through Boulder Canyon and just as you see buildings in Deadwood be ready to turn right (towards Spearfish) - you will travel up a hill and at the top of the hill you will turn right into the entrance of Tatanka. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

From Spearfish: Head east on I-90 and take exit 17 (approx. 10 minutes from Spearfish) - you are now going south on Hwy 85. This is a short drive that starts on level ground and then starts up a hill, dips down just a bit and then brings you to the top - Just as you are at the top you will see Tatanka on your left. Enter the left lane and then the turning lane. If you go down a steep hill it means that you passed us by - just turn around and go back up the hill (turn right at the top). Travel time is approximately 25 minutes.

If you are in Deadwood you will take the main road going through the town - head north (opposite of going to Lead) - you will find yourself at an intersection at the top of an incline - you need to turn left (towards Spearfish) - this is up a hill. At the top of the hill you will see Tatanka on your right. If you are going down hill or see a sign for Sturgis you missed your turn.

If you have any questions or need help finding us please call 605.584.5678