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is a South Dakota native. She grew up outside of Rapid City with the Black Hills literally outside her back door. She attended the University of South Dakota, spent time abroad in Southeastern France. After graduating with her a BFA in graphic design she returned home to the Black Hills where she spends her time hiking, golfing, snowboarding, camping and just enjoying the beautify that she feels so lucky to have right outside her door. Email this author

National park expands; now what?

By • Mar 6th, 2012 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Wind Cave National Park recently grew by more than 5, 500 acres. Now it’s time to plan what to do with the addition.  The addition was arranged by The Conservation Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting important places across America, when they acquired the ranch land at auction from the Casey family. The addition is […]

Black Hills Climbing On Ice

By • Mar 2nd, 2012 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

If you think that the snow-covered granite spires and frozen waterfall would sideline Black Hill climbers for the cold winter months, think again! These winter conditions provide climbers with an exciting challenge for all experience levels. The easy access and virtually no risk of avalanches makes the Black Hills an ideal location for the sport […]

Where is the Black Hills’ oldest tree?

By • Feb 17th, 2012 • Category: Culture

Researchers with the Forest Service and the School of Mines are keeping the location of the 770-year-old pine tree a mystery.  Rosa, as they call her, probably began her life in the year 1241.  After surviving wildfires, droughts and pine beetles, the tree is still alive. The Forest Service finds the tree so valuable that […]

2012 Black Hills Motorized Trail Permits available

By • Feb 14th, 2012 • Category: Culture, Outdoor Adventure

There are more than 3,800 miles of off-road trails and roads on the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest.  The Black Hills National Forest Motorized Trail System consists of 3,157 miles of roads and 707 miles of trails for ATV, UTV and other off-road riders and provides enjoyment for all levels of off-road enthusiasts. If […]

Another Historic Landmark

By • Feb 10th, 2012 • Category: Culture

Built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Hardy Ranger Station has joined the long list of Black Hills landmarks to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Consisting of two log cabins an a log-maintenance barn, the station was used by the Forest Service for numerous tasks over the years, […]

2012 Black Hills Stock Show was a hit

By • Feb 10th, 2012 • Category: Events

This year’s Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo was truly a success.  With more than 333,000 attendees, the event numbers shattered the 2009 record.Rushmore Plaza Civice Center GM Brian Maliske credits the turnout to the top rodeo talent, solid organization and strong agriculture economy. Other say them most important factor is one we can’t control […]

Happy Trekking!

By • Jan 20th, 2012 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

It’s snowshoe season in the Black Hills. With thousands of acres to explore the Black Hills National Forest is your perfect location to take part in this relatively inexpensive winter sport. The 60 miles of trails are designated for shared cross-country and snowshoe use and if you are feeling extra adventurous there are endless numbers […]

‘Antiques Roadshow’ Coming Soon

By • Jan 4th, 2012 • Category: Culture

Attention antique enthusiasts: Public Broadcasting Systems’ popular program “Antiques Roadshow” is coming to Rapid City July 14.  This Emmy-nominated show attracts 10 million viewers a week, and it is heading our way. The show is a mixture of treasure hunting, antique history and advice on antique values and appraisals. With our rich history the Black […] Features Black Hills National Forest

By • Dec 29th, 2011 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Fred and Suzi Dow, publishers of recently visited the Black Hills National Forest. They were captivated by the beauty that we are fortunate enough to witness every day. is a comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands. It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors. Because of […]