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Twinkle, Twinkle Upon a Storybook

By • Dec 16th, 2014 • Category: Culture, Discoveries, Events, Outdoor Adventure

Ahh the Christmas season is here again, which means bundling up, hot cocoa, the smell of fresh baked goodies, decorating the tree and of course sparkling lights! For local residents, Storybook Island once again opens its gates for a winter wonderland spectacular! Storybook Island has been a cornerstone of childhood memories for over 50 years […]



Keep your boots handy, winter is almost here!

By • Dec 11th, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

Many of us will recall Mother Nature’s trick on us in early September as the Black Hills received a couple (or more) inches of snow. I, like many, was not thrilled when I looked out my window that morning to see the icy, white powder covering my car and lawn. However, for some, winter could […]



On the Hunt for the Perfect Black Hills Christmas Tree

By • Dec 9th, 2014 • Category: Culture, Outdoor Adventure

Every year, early December, we make like the Griswolds, pile in the family hauler (now haulers with the addition of more family members) and into the Black Hills forest we go. Its our annual hunt for the perfect Black Hills Christmas tree.



Get iced up for some winter fun!

By • Dec 7th, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

We all know that there is an abundance of activities that take place during the summer in the Black Hills. But, many don’t know of all the fun snow competitions and events that are put on during the winter season. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular activities to sink your boots […]



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 […]



The Spooky Side of the Black Hills – Not Just on Halloween

By • Nov 4th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Culture, Discoveries, Events, Outdoor Adventure

You probably grew up being told, “there’s no such thing as ghosts,” …but nearly half the country thinks otherwise. A Huffington Post poll shows that 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations. Though Halloween may have passed, ghostly stories linger […]



A Perfect Hike at Buzzards Roost

By • Oct 26th, 2014 • Category: Discoveries, Outdoor Adventure

The warm sunshine and fresh air on this late October day beckoned me to come out and play. I was drawn to nearby hiking options at Buzzards Roost, just off Highway 44, only four miles west of Rapid City’s city limits. Buzzards Roost is south of the road between Falling Rock and the Thunderhead Falls […]



Top 5 Instagram Photos for September

By • Sep 30th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Culture, Outdoor Adventure

From autumn hues to tower blues, we’ve compiled our most-liked Instagram photos for September: #1. Devils Tower (http://instagram.com/p/sqfWOiLu0u/?modal=true)   #2. Autumn in the Black Hills, photographed by @austnadventures (http://instagram.com/p/tYPyYTLu-z/?modal=true)   #3. Spearfish Canyon, by @ericboe1980 (http://instagram.com/p/tEkjzaLuwV/?modal=true)   #4. 49th Annual Buffalo Roundup, photographed by Greg Valladolid (http://instagram.com/p/tbrykRLu_e/?modal=true)   #5. Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon (http://instagram.com/p/tDNYI0ruxJ/?modal=true) […]



Biking the Mickelson Trail

By • Sep 25th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

George S. Mickelson Trail The 109 miles of the George S. Mickelson Trail pass through the best the Black Hills has to offer in scenic wonder. It’s no wonder Bicycling Magazine just named it their number one pick for the “Best Car-Free Bike Paths in the USA.” How is it that the area’s early railway […]



Fall’s Premier Weekend in the Black Hills

By • Sep 23rd, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

Boasting milder temps, breathtaking fall colors and fewer people – this time of year is arguably the best time to spend in the Black Hills! Here’s the 4-1-1 on two world-renowned events taking place this weekend – the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and the Crazy Horse Memorial Autumn Volksmarch. The 49th Annual Custer State […]