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Buffalo & 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 […]



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 […]