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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 […]



Hike to the Face at Crazy Horse Memorial

By • Jun 3rd, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

If you’ve ever wondered what the world’s largest mountain carving-in-progress looks like, up-close and personal, this weekend is your chance to find out. The 29th annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch takes place this Saturday and Sunday – June 7th and 8th, near Custer. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is an organized 6.2 mile (10K) walk to the […]



Discovering Serenity on a Trail in Newcastle, Wyoming

By • Jun 1st, 2014 • Category: Discoveries, Outdoor Adventure

I’ve called the Black Hills home for more than thirty years, but it still feels like a brand new adventure every time I get a chance to get out and explore the area.  Most recently I am able to re-explore the area as a mom to a four year old spitfire. It seems like we […]



Spring It On!

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Events, Outdoor Adventure

Signs of Spring in the Black Hills: Baby Bison, Pasque Flowers and Easter Events… With a blizzard warning currently in effect for most of South Dakota, it’s hard to believe that this is indeed spring. With many hoping this is the last blast of winter in the Black Hills, here are three signs that you […]