Information for Out-of-State Students and Families
All arrivals are to be scheduled on Sunday, July 1st. All departures are to be scheduled on Monday, July 16th. Airport pick-ups/drop-offs will be arranged for all students traveling to/from Rapid City Airport (RAP).
****When searching for flights, some airlines (Allegiant Air and United Airlines) have direct flights to Rapid City only on specific days of the week. We are willing to work with students and their families to accommodate their travel needs, so please email us to request a different arrival/departure day.
Direct Flights to Rapid City:
Seasonal nonstop service to Rapid City:
Newark • Chicago • Atlanta • Charlotte
Regular year-round non-stop service to Rapid City:
Denver • Minneapolis • Salt Lake City • Phoenix (Mesa) • Las Vegas • Houston • Dallas
Information on Housing
All Music Academy and Composition Academy students are strongly encouraged to stay On-Campus at the Black Hills State University's Bordeaux residence hall. Please see Housing & Meals section for more information.
ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES for On-Campus Students
All arrivals are to be scheduled on Sunday, July 1st. All departures are to be scheduled on Monday, July 16th. Airport pick-ups/drop-offs will be arranged for all students on those dates only traveling to/from the Rapid City Airport (RAP).
If you are considering attending the Music Academy or Composition Academy and would like to come as a family or a group, consider the following accommodation options:
- Stay in a local hotel
- Book a vacation home rental through Airbnb
- Stay at the University "Yellow Jacket" Apartments at a reduced rate (~$60/night)
Flights to Denver Airport (6hrs away) may be more affordable, especially when coming as a family. Some of our previous participants have chosen to rent a car to save on flight cost.
For more information on University housing, please contact the BHSU Summer Conference Coordinator:
Things to Do in the Black Hills Area
RMF "Founder Favorites" Destinations:
Keystone/Hill City: 1880 Steam Train (www.1880train.com)
Custer: Jewel Cave (third longest in the world) (http://www.nps.gov/jeca/planyourvisit/index.htm)
Keystone: Mount Rushmore (http://www.nps.gov/MORU/planyourvisit/index.htm)
Rapid City: Pactola Lake (Tubing, Kayaking, Fishing, Boat Rental) (www.pactolalake.com)
The Badlands National Park: (http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm)
Rapid City: Bear Country U.S.A. Drive-Through Wildlife Park (www.BearCountryUSA.com)
Rapid City: SDSM&T Museum of Geology (http://www.sdsmt.edu/Academics/Museum-of-Geology/Museum/)