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

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Animal Facts



Native to South Dakota


Botanical Gardens


About Us

Dog Policy

We love all animals, wild and domesticated. Unfortunately due to a high number of recent incidents with dogs, our insurance company has advised us that we can no longer allow dogs, or other personal pets, on the Reptile Gardens grounds. ADA approved service dogs are, of course, allowed although there are three areas where they are not allowed for their safety and the safety of our animals. We do offer a shaded grassy area adjacent to our parking lot for walking your dog. We only ask that your pet be leashed and attended to at all times. You are welcome to come and go from the park as often as you like to tend to your dog. For more information, visit our FAQ Page


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