The Black Hills Travel Blog
Take in a Film Festival – Lunafest

Films by, for, and about women… If you’re a film buff, then Custer is the place to be this Saturday, April 12 at Custer High School. The Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills is once again hosting the Lunafest Film Festival, which features nine short films which vary from documentaries and drama to comedy. […]

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Outdoor Adventure

Spring It On!»

Signs of Spring in the Black Hills: Baby Bison, Pasque Flowers and Easter Events… With a blizzard warning currently in effect for most of South Dakota, it’s hard to believe that this is indeed spring. With many hoping this is the last blast of winter in the Black Hills, here are three signs that you […]

Snow & Trails: Another Weekend of Greatness»

Excellent ski and snowmobile trail conditions can still be found in the northern regions of the Black Hills. Recent mild temperatures have led to some melting, but the higher elevations are still reeling in fresh snowfalls, further contributing to one of the best winters we’ve seen in the last decade! Even with warmer temperatures on […]

Snowmobiling | My First Ride»

There’s a certain amount of beauty that you can take in from the car as you drive along the winding roads of the Black Hills National Forest, but it’s a whole new level to reach the remote meadows, draws and ravines in full winter glory, in person. Last week I got to do just that…I […]

Last Week To Skate Away Winter in Rapid City»

We’re well past the halfway point of February… typically that time of year when the excitement of the first snow has worn off and you’re ready for a spring break getaway to Jamaica. But friends, the Black Hills are on their way to a spring warm up, and the summer season is truly right around […]

Top 25 Coldest Cities – Not here!»

  If you happened to visit the Black Hills during the past week, you may have witnessed a community eagerly shedding coats and mittens, frolicking throughout the streets, bare-armed with cheesy grins. With recent temperatures reaching the 60°F mark – there was cause for celebration. Our early winter start, thanks to Winter Storm Atlas on […]


Breakaways and Bears with the Rapid City Rush»

A Bear Rush! I love hockey.  I love the atmosphere; the cool air, the sounds of the skates on the ice, the comradery and cheering of the fans. I love to watch the expert finesse of the skating and puck handling, punctuated by an open-ice check or a mid-play fight. Also good to note, I’m […]


Small Business Saturday»

Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome to the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Did you brave the cold temps, long lines and short tempers in hopes of snagging a decent deal? The malls and big box retailers may have been packed for Grey Thursday and Black Friday, but today is when local businesses will have their […]


Take in a Film Festival – Lunafest»

Films by, for, and about women… If you’re a film buff, then Custer is the place to be this Saturday, April 12 at Custer High School. The Zonta Club of the Southern Black Hills is once again hosting the Lunafest Film Festival, which features nine short films which vary from documentaries and drama to comedy. […]


5th Annual Black Hills Film Festival»

Dinosaur 13 to be featured at 5th Annual Black Hills Film Festival Recently we featured a blog post on the highly anticipated Dinosaur 13 documentary, first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. Today we’ve learned of upcoming opportunities to view the gripping story of the custody battle for South Dakota’s “Sue,” the […]


Spring It On!»

Signs of Spring in the Black Hills: Baby Bison, Pasque Flowers and Easter Events… With a blizzard warning currently in effect for most of South Dakota, it’s hard to believe that this is indeed spring. With many hoping this is the last blast of winter in the Black Hills, here are three signs that you […]


2014 Sundance Film Festival: Dinosaur 13»

Sundance Film Festival, held annually in January, is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. Each year, independent filmmakers hope to capture the attention of audiences and entertainment companies with means of gaining further exposure for their films. This year, one of the most anticipated films, Dinosaur 13, told both the […]


Bitter Esters Brewhouse»

At new Black Hills brewery it’s okay to be a little bitter…Bitter Esters, that is. If you like great beer, homemade food and a convivial atmosphere (and who doesn’t?), then head to Bitter Esters Brewhouse in Custer.  Open since May 2012, this gem of a microbrewery makes its home in a renovated historic building on […]


Mount Rushmore Meets Hollywood»

In the days following Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the topics continue to trend: who was best dressed, poor Leo, Ellen’s jokes, J. Law’s famous falls, and the record-setting retweeted selfie. For those that watched the awards, the movie “Nebraska” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, […]