Hot Springs, South Dakota is the Southern Gateway of the Black Hills, with Highway 385 running straight through the middle of historic downtown. So named because of the many natural warm water springs Native Americans once called "Minnekahta." Hot Springs has a population of around 3,700 and was recently rated the third safest community in South Dakota by Movoto.com.
In 2014, the South Dakota state legislature adopted a resolution making Hot Springs “The Veterans Town” of South Dakota. Hot Springs is the home of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota State Veterans Home and VA Black Hills Health Care System Hot Springs campus, a National Historic Landmark, known nation-wide for its care for our nation's heroes. Veterans come from across the country to seek care for PTSD and substance abuse in the quiet, rural environment Hot Springs provides. The Fall River Health Services hospital also offers a wide range of high quality specialty care for residents of the community.
Hot Springs has a highly-regarded public school system as well as Bethesda Lutheran, a private elementary school with church ties, and Western Dakota Technical Institute maintains a satellite campus in Hot Springs as well.
Hot Springs' other large industry is tourism. In the summer, visitors flock to Hot Springs to experience unique attractions like the world-renowned Mammoth Site, an active paleontological dig site; Evans Plunge, the world's largest indoor natural warm mineral spring water pool and the oldest attraction in the Black Hills; the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary; Wind Cave National Park; and the Southern Hills Golf Course, an 18-hole course frequently ranked as one of the best places to play in the state. Hot Springs' tourism industry bolsters its retail & service businesses in the historic downtown, many of them located in pink sandstone buildings that date back over 100 years.
Hot Springs has a new public library, an airport, five beautiful city parks, a skate park, soccer & baseball fields, tennis & basketball courts, horseshoe pits and a civic center to hosts plays, concerts and other events throughout the year. We also have Fall River Freedom Trail, a one mile walking path which winds along the river and through most of downtown. Hot Springs is also close to lake Angostura, a major state recreation area, and Cold Brook and Cottonwood Reservoirs, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. These lake areas offer a varitey of outdoor activies like camping, fishing, swimming, boating and hiking all in our own backyard.