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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 […]



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.



Fall into the Colors of the Season

By • Sep 11th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

The season of crisp air, pumpkin patches, apple cider and colorful foliage is once again upon us. The Black Hills are home to many scenic byways and trails that will help you bring in those vibrant hues and stunning landscapes. An exhilarating drive through Spearfish Canyon will lead you to Roughlock Falls Trail near Spearfish […]



Harney Peak – Sneak Attack!

By • Sep 4th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Want to hike Harney Peak but want less company? Sneak up on it! The most popular trailhead for Harney Peak is at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park, but while its beautiful views are appealing, it can be a busy place during the warmer months. You can still hike to the 7,242-foot peak but skip […]



Hit the Trails: 5 Gorgeous Fall Hikes

By • Aug 21st, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Soon the air will be crisp, the leaves will change color and animals will start to prepare for the winter ahead. When that time comes, be ready to pull out your sweater and hiking boots and take a fall hike in the Black Hills. Whether you’re a novice hiker wishing to spend a few hours […]



Dip Your Paddle in the Southern Hills

By • Aug 2nd, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

By no means am I a pro-kayaker; I have never run rapids, rafted the Colorado or paddled with whales along the Alaskan coast. My kayak even lacks a cup holder – I know, positively medieval. However, I do enjoy paddling the quiet lakes of the Southern Black Hills. I have no tips on Pactola or […]



Band on the Run!

By • Jul 26th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

We’ve all seen that iconic plains animal, the American Bison, in Custer State Park. They loaf, wallow, saunter, and thunder around the park like they own the joint. Perhaps they do; I don’t want to argue with a buffalo. Yes, I’m using the vernacular; if you’re from South Dakota, they’re buffalo. Anyway, my point is […]