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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 […]



Snow & Trails: Another Weekend of Greatness

By • Mar 13th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

Excellent ski and snowmobile trail conditions can still be found in the northern regions of the Black Hills. Recent mild temperatures have led to some melting, but the higher elevations are still reeling in fresh snowfalls, further contributing to one of the best winters we’ve seen in the last decade! Even with warmer temperatures on […]



Snowmobiling | My First Ride

By • Feb 28th, 2014 • Category: Outdoor Adventure

There’s a certain amount of beauty that you can take in from the car as you drive along the winding roads of the Black Hills National Forest, but it’s a whole new level to reach the remote meadows, draws and ravines in full winter glory, in person. Last week I got to do just that…I […]