The Black Hills and Badlands region of western South Dakota is an outdoor recreation paradise, covering over 10,000 square miles of vast prairies, grasslands, Badlands landscape and rugged mountains. (www.blackhillsbadlands.com)
Bicycle touring and pleasure riding on our wide-shouldered highways are popular in the Black Hills. Some of the favorite and most scenic rides are Rapid City to Mount Rushmore; the Needles Highway; Iron Mountain Road; Birding – Spearfish Canyon; and the Badlands Scenic Byway.
With more than 200 species of birds common to the Black Hills and Badlands, birders can glimpse birds native to western plains and mountains. The Black Hills is also home to more than 20 rare or endangered species
Golf In The Black Hills
Black Hills golf courses twist deep into pine forests, cross-rushing trout streams and open up to distractingly spectacular mountain vistas. Golf Digest has listed many Black Hills golf courses among the top courses in America, including Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs, Devils Tower Golf in Hulett, WY, and Hart Ranch Golf Course in Rapid City.
Hiking Black Hills & Badlands Trails
The natural surroundings of Western South Dakota are ideal for walking, hiking and backpacking. Black Hills National Forest and the surrounding State and National Parks offer more than 450 miles of both nature walks and hiking systems on approximately 75 different trails throughout the Black Hills.
In the Black Hills water sports are an important element of enjoying the outdoors. Pretty mountain lakes provide boat launching, power boating, water skiing, sailing, paddle boats, canoing, windsurfing, swimming, and scuba diving.
Discover an inexhaustible wintertime adventure with 7,076 vertical feet of skiing, over 300 miles of marked snowmobiling trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.