After two years spent in planning and construction, Rushmore Tramway Adventures in Keystone, S.D., has opened a summer tubing hill to complement its existing attractions, including a zip line tour, aerial adventure course, alpine slide, and more.
Initial visits by supplier mSnow Tubing led to a determination that in order to have a gravity-driven tubing activity, operators would have to do extensive site work, which the team at Rushmore Tramway Adventures took on with gusto. Rushmore’s operators blasted and excavated to create a hill profile on which to support the four new tubing lanes.
Each lane is approximately 450-feet long—three are “extreme” lanes, which are a little steeper and faster with whoops and bumps, and the fourth is mellower for kids. The tracks are elevated, supported by frames and screw jacks allowing for adjustment and fine-tuning of the track as necessary. The lanes all have inflatable bumpers down both sides.
Riders slide down the track in inflatable tubes with special covers that slide over the recycled plastic surface. Guests can reach speeds up to 30 mph before coming to a gradual stop at the bottom.
Rushmore Tramway Adventures sells tickets to the attraction in packs of one, three, and five ride for $12, $15, and $20 respectively.