While our facility is still closed to the public, our staff is hard at work coming up with a plan to re-open that best fits the needs of our Guests and staff. We are taking everything day by day, but are tentatively planning to open on June 15th.


How to Find Us

We are located 6 miles south of Rapid City on US Highway 16, the road to MT Rushmore.

Don't always believe your GPS!

Don't turn on Moon Meadows by the Forest Service complex; we are 1 mile farther south, down the hill.

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Mailing Address

Reptile Gardens
Box 620
Rapid City, South Dakota 57709



Find a lost reptile or looking for a home for your pet reptile?

Unfortunately, like most zoos, Reptile Gardens is unable to take in unwanted or abandoned reptiles. The best place to look for a home for an unwanted animal is on the internet. Search for "Reptile Rescue" to see if there is one near you. Once you find a rescue facility, you might want to check into them a little, as with all things, there are good and bad reptile rescue facilities. Other options include the local pet stores, newspapers which often offer free classified ads for lost animals, Craig's List, and Facebook groups dedicated to finding homes for unwanted reptiles.



Things To Do

Main Exhibits


We are unable to offer shows for the 2020 season. Admission rates for 2020 have been reduced to reflect this change. We plan to offer our full schedule of shows for the 2021 season.



Animal Facts



Native to South Dakota


Botanical Gardens


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