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There are thousands of trails (great for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATVing), numerous breathtaking views, miles of scenic drives, and hundreds of great places to eat, sleep, and play in the southwest corner of South Dakota. But many of these activities and adventures can also be found in other places around the world. However, there are some things you will only find here in the Black Hills and Badlands!

“So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time.

So far 2018 has already gifted us with a few cold snaps that have left me cuddled up on the couch, binging my nights and weekends away on the latest Netflix shows, and catching up on all the award-nominated movies, all while trying to steer clear of the flu bug. But after each subzero spell, I find myself clinging to my hat and gloves, ready to hit the trail and break free of my cabin fever. While winter hiking may not get the same attention as its seasonal counterparts, there's something to be said for taking a crisp hike after a fresh snowfall has blanketed the landscape.

I’m not quite there yet, but 60 years sure seems like a long time. It's hard to believe, but the Black Hills Stock Show® has been around that long. From the beginning, “the stock show” has promoted just that, stock, as in livestock, but also the strong stock of the people that raise them. In 1959, members of the Rapid City Chamber Ag Committee held the first Black Hills Winter Show in the Soule Building at Central States Fairgrounds.

As with all things sports related, technology has advanced sports to a new level. For example, in the past 10 years people don’t just own one set of tennis shoes, they have specific shoes for walking, for running, for running on dirt, or even just to go out on a date—you get the picture. And it’s the same in the bicycling world. If you’re more than just a casual bike rider, you don’t just have one bicycle anymore.

Celebrate Downtown's distinctive dining during the third annual Downtown Rapid City Restaurant Week from Friday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Jan. 20. Downtown Rapid City Restaurant Week is a collaboration between the Downtown Rapid City Business Group and participating Downtown Rapid City restaurants, sponsored by the Vertex Sky Bar.

We're a few days into the new year and I couldn’t be happier. I was completely holiday’d out and was happy to click the “reset” button on the year, complete with a zesty ambition to clear the slate and make a better effort to my usual New Year's Resolutions: 1. Drink More Water, 2. Eat Out Less, and 3. Spend More Time With Family & Friends.


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