Bedrock City Graveyard
- Date Visited: August 8, 2018
- Address: 370 W. Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD
The Flintstones Bedrock City was a 62-acre theme park and campground located in Custer, South Dakota that opened in 1966. All of the buildings and characters found in the park were inspired by The Flintstones animated television series. The facility was eventually closed in 2015 and by 2019 all the the Flintstones themed items were removed…well almost.
Longtime residents Wilma, Fred, and Pebbles may be gone, but Dino can still be found on the grounds. His larger than life statue (20 feet tall perhaps) can be found on a hill beside the building that once called the Buffalo Ridge Theater home. Dino has seen better days though. His fuchsia paint is peeling on multiple parts of his body from years of extreme South Dakota weather.
While most of the main structures and attractions were demolished there are still remnants of the old park scattered around the grounds. The train and tracks that took visitors through Dinosaur Canyon and around the park is still there. While no “Flintstones” specific items remain another little dinosaur sits on a hill and a few fiberglass palm trees are scattered about.
The biggest remains are that of the playground on site. A dilapidated merry-go-round, slide and giant snake are still haunting the grounds. A number of other colorful items such as a pelican, train and a car (that looks like it came straight out of the cartoon) can also be found.
WARNING: This is an abandoned playground and is not SAFE for children to play at.
The property was resold and is now the home the Buffalo Ridge Campground Resort. There is a large parking lot next to the main building for the resort which once housed the theater. The resort is actually farther back so you should be fine parking here and heading over to get your pic of Dino. You will find him on the left side of the building and he’s huge so he’s hard to miss.
From the parking lot you can see the playground on your right back a bit from the lot. Now this MAY be private property and technically you May not be allowed to go take a look. I went over and took pics and no one else was there and I didn’t see any signs saying I couldn’t look around.
Just thought I would give you the heads up though. Proceed with caution, because I do not have the money to bail you out of jail for trespassing!
If you’re like me and can’t pass up some cheesy roadside attraction or tourist trap it’s a nice little piece of nostalgia in the middle of the Black Hills. I wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but if you’re passing through the area why not stop to stretch you’re legs for 15 minutes and check out.