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The Black Hills and Badlands truly come to life in the summer season. With wildflowers in bloom and our favorite trails open for hiking and biking, those seeking adventures will find endless opportunities in our neck of the woods.

Summer, everyone’s favorite season of the year! School is out and the excitement and anticipation of outdoor activities begin.

The passion smolders long before the Sturgis Rally rolls around as the Black Hills start calling your name. It whispers like the winds that whip around Devils Tower, casts a spell on you as enchanting as the song of the Sirens.

Black Hills weather can sometimes be a bit unpredictable: one minute we have blue skies with the sun shining, the next clouds roll in and you are dodging rain drops looking for cover. The good news is, when rain hits the Black Hills, it is usually short lived and there is always something to keep you busy while you wait. Here are some fun activities for rainy days during your Black Hills Vacation:

UNDERGROUND WILDERNESS

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to experience the Black Hills is on foot. While some prefer to hike, others enjoy running. Whether it’s a 5K race or a bucket-list marathon, the Black Hills certainly offer the prettiest backdrop to your fitness goals. Here’s a rundown of our premier races in 2018:

 

Oh, South Dakota. You are a hidden gem that’s just waiting to explode. When the chance came to make my first trip to South Dakota, I was instantly stoked. I turned to my girlfriend, Errin, and said, “Wanna come to South Dakota?”

“Yeah, sure!” she replied. “But…uh…what’s in South Dakota?”

I wasn’t sure how to answer. I’d heard there were epic adventures to be had in the state, and I knew about Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. Everything else was uncharted territory for me. I guess there was only one way to find an answer to her question.

 

Winter is not over yet, but with hints of spring popping up all over the Black Hills, it's still a great time to hit the trails and experience a little winter hiking. Taking to the trails in the winter can be a fantastic experience that offers views of the Black Hills you can't see in the summer months. Imagine cresting the top of a hill and seeing miles and miles of snow-capped trees and frozen lakes glistening in the sun. It's an experience unlike any other. However, there are certain safety measures that must be taken and certain equipment that is needed for winter hiking.

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