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is the VP of Marketing for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association. By accident he ended up in sales and marketing; Mike's education and background is in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. Having spent most of his life in various east-river South Dakota towns like Huron, Vermillion, Brookings and Pierre, Mike followed a girl west to Spearfish and has thoroughly enjoyed the past eight years there. What he loves most is time spent around the Hills with his family, whether it's in Spearfish Canyon, at a Black Hills attraction or at Spearfish City Park and the DC Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery. Mike also loves dusting off his camera every now and then for a shoot, making a good meal and washing it down with a great beer. Google+ Email this author




Buffalo and Bald Eagles Love Custer State Park During the Winter – Here are Four Reasons You Will Too

By • Nov 16th, 2014 • Category: Discoveries, Outdoor Adventure

Custer State Park is arguably the third biggest draw to the Black Hills region and to those who’ve experienced it before, it’s no wonder why. Custer State Park is over 71,000 acres of iconic Black Hills vistas and lakes, a pristine area home to large amounts of wildlife; the access to which makes Custer State […]



Foodie Tour of the Black Hills – Our Itinerary for Where to Eat and Things to Do in the Black Hills

By • Nov 9th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Dining, Discoveries

If seeking out the culinary must-try’s of a region is your flavor, let us present you with our Foodie tour of the Black Hills.



Hiking the Roughlock Trail in the Fall – So Much Reward for Absolutely No Effort

By • Sep 20th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Any time of year, the Roughlock Trail to the falls would rank as one of the most scenic Black Hills trails but during this time of year when Spearfish Canyon is awash in an amazing fall spectrum, it truly is magnificent.



Buffalo Roundup, Crazy Horse Volksmarch, Fall Festivals – Your Guide to a Fall Expedition in the Black Hills

By • Sep 13th, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

One weekend above all hosts a few signature fall events in the Black Hills like the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Crazy Horse Fall Volksmarch. It’s also the weekend typically closest to peak fall color saturation in Spearfish Canyon. It’s the last weekend in September and if you haven’t experienced fall in the Black Hills, it’s a great time to do so.



5 Days of Beer & Wine in the Black Hills

By • Aug 26th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Culture, Discoveries

Day 1 – Rapid City Pulling into Rapid City, you have an amazing array of things to choose from with everything located near or within a short drive due to its central location and proximity to many of the Black Hills must-do attractions. Stay close though as Mount Rushmore and others can be seen later. […]



Hill City Brewery Sick N Twisted – By Beer Lovers For Beer Lovers

By • Jul 15th, 2014 • Category: Culture, Dining, Discoveries

Maybe it was never doubt about Sick N Twisted Brewery in Hill City but simply that I was so blown away by the full offering. At Sick-N-Twisted there are typically 16 of their beers on tap. Seriously, and that’s just theirs. Between two other bar setups on the grounds, there are also twenty more amazing guest beers to choose from. Staring at so many taps, the plans for a future Hill City stay quickly boiled.



The Edgemont Melodrama Is One Of The Best Times You’ve Probably Never Heard About

By • Jul 12th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Culture, Events

Having recently heard about the Edgemont Melodramas and the promise of good time, I sought it out this past Thursday. What I found was a couple of firsts for me, 1. my first theater experience in a cattle-sale barn and 2. my first attendance of a melodrama. Honestly, either on its own might be a good time but like cold beer on a summer day, ice cream and root beer, fireworks and the Fourth of July, together they couldn’t seem more right (or more American).



Deadwood Revitalization

By • May 29th, 2014 • Category: Culture

The Deadwood Revitalization Committee invites you to take a minute to fill out this survey to help in the brand planning for Deadwood.  This is all part of the Roger Brooks’ Deadwood development program.  The more people we get to complete the survey, the more accurate the perception of Deadwood will be. Thanks for taking […]



Research Shows Black Hills Are Truly a Winter Wonderland & It Snows in Lead

By • Dec 17th, 2013 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Snow, we cherish it here in the Black Hills (okay, I’ll give in that maybe not all, this may need to be a statement we back with a scientific Facebook poll). We call it white gold, champagne powder, the good stuff. We find ways to enjoy our winter wonderland because typically we get a lot […]