Mitchell, South Dakota: Thunder Bunny: Jackalope Jackrabbit

Fiberglass photo op with bulging eyes and a saddle for a rider. Named, "Thunder Bunny."

Thunderbird Lodge

1601 S. Burr St., Mitchell, SD
I-90 exit 332, then north on Hwy 37/Burr St. about a quarter-mile. On the right side, at the Thunderbird Lodge.
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Jackalope Jackrabbit

Jackalope antlers are back! They were replaced in 2016. Riding this jackalope was well worth the stop right off the freeway.

[Lauren, 08/17/2017]


Jackalope Jackrabbit

The antlers are back!

[Carrie Culhane, 05/22/2016]

A plaque states "Rehorned in 2016 after losing his horns in 2009."

Missing antlers.

Ride a Jackalope

Yes, the antlers are sadly gone. The saddle is there, and even adults can sit on it for a photo op.

[Susan, 06/15/2014]

The "alope" antlers appear to have been deftly, perhaps surgically, removed. Still worthy, but now a Giant Jackrabbit, not Jackalope.

Jackalope without antlers.


The Jackalope is still in Michell, but when we visited, both antlers were gone. You could see where the antlers used to be. The seat and totem pole next to it was still there. Great photo!

[Ryan, 07/18/2011]

There have been continuing reports of the vanished antlers. Perhaps condemned as a public skewer hazard? Or sawed off by a freak animal poacher?

Jackrabbit missing antlers.

Jackalope - No Lope

This once magnificent Jackalope photo opportunity has been sadly reduced to just a Jack without alope! Recently its one remaining horn was removed and the statue repaired. The repairs give no hint of its Jackalope status. This makes the Jackalope an ever more endangered species it seems, and one fewer photo opportunity along Highway 90.

The totem pole at the motel remains in spite of the other changes.

[Phil Pasquini, 09/20/2010]

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In the region:
Prehistoric Indian Village, Mitchell, SD - 3 mi.

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