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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 […]



Hiking the base of Devils Tower National Monument

By • Jul 16th, 2014 • Category: Attractions, Outdoor Adventure

Sometimes it’s all too easy to focus on the grandiose mountain carvings and national parks of the Black Hills, that we simply forget about our neighbors in the northeast corner of Wyoming. But if you can squeeze in one extra day on your Black Hills vacation, a mini road trip to Devils Tower National Monument […]



How did Badlands National Park get its name?

By • Jul 10th, 2014 • Category: Discoveries, Outdoor Adventure

As a resident of the beautiful Black Hills, I’ve become accustomed to meeting travelers that are excited to tour and experience all of the unique attractions and natural wonders of the area. Everyone is usually looking for the best insider tips on the must-see attractions, awe-inspiring monuments, breathtaking parks and mouth-watering dishes to indulge in […]



Ditch the Crowds in Sunday Gulch

By • Jul 6th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Escape the crowds on the Harney Peak trail system by taking a less-traveled route, Sunday Gulch Trail. Even though the trailhead is at Sylvan Lake, which is a popular starting point for the Harney trails, this one is often overlooked, giving you a quieter hike. Simply follow the trail around Sylvan Lake to the trailhead, […]



Up Close and Personal with the Needles

By • Jun 6th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

  For an intimate view of the spires along the Needles Highway, there is no better route than the Cathedral Spires Trail in Custer State Park. Rather than a more distant all-encompassing view of the granite formations, this trail leads you about the bases of them. Glancing upward at these giants gives you a much […]