Chapel in the Hills, Rapid City

Instead of traveling to Scandinavia to admire the wonders of wooden architecture, visit the Chapel in the Hills and take a trip back in time. The Lutheran church is an exact replica of the medieval Borgund stave church in Norway, and its architecture and surrounding nature perfectly conjure a tranquil Norwegian atmosphere. Next to the church is a small museum housed in an authentic 19th-century log cabin erected by a Norwegian prospector who settled in the Black Hills. A gift shop is located in a Norwegian “stabbur” (storehouse), containing related Scandinavian literature and gift items. Also located on the grounds is a meditation trail which offers a peaceful setting for contemplation and prayer. Admission is free. To visit Chapel in the Hills on your trip to Rapid City, use our Rapid City trip itinerary builder .
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  • This was within walking distance of where we stayed. We actually got to attend a church service there. Great history and a beautiful place to visit.  more »
  • On our last day of vacation, we have pretty much done everything on our agenda, so with some time to kill, I had marked The Chapel in the Hills as something of interest. So off we go! We drove through...  more »
  • This pretty little chapel is very serene. They offered my kids a scavenger hunt, which they loved. It isn't flashy, but if you have 45 minutes to kill, it is nice.  more »
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  • Beautiful and serene, a place to experience the peace of God in a unique setting, while also learning about a special people. The staff are so kind and helpful. Thank you Mrs. Mary for our visit and your sweet spirit.
  • Not as nice as the one in Fargo/Moorehead but still pretty cool.
  • Nice but really busy in summer
  • Beautiful, peaceful chapel and grounds. The volunteers working there were very happy, friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend this place.
  • WONDERFUL place to see how Norwegians built churches 😊

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