Explore the Area | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Explore the Area

Discover the cities located in unique Black Hills regions.

You might be surprised to see a few Wyoming communities on our list. That's because the Black Hills National Forest actually continues 10 to 40 miles west beyond the state line, into Wyoming. Several communities in Wyoming are included here to help you discover the western flanks of the Black Hills Region.

Click your pick for an overview of these cities and towns. You will see photos, thumbnail sketch of the towns' personality, population, elevation, visitor highlights and a list of accommodations, attractions and other businesses eager to serve you and your family.

Nestled on the eastern foothills of the Black Hills, Rapid City shines as the hub of this legendary region's vacation activities.

When you vacation in the northern Black Hills, you will be surrounded by an area synonymous with great stories of the gold rush and old west.

The highest U.S. mountain range east of the Rocky Mountains is located in the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota.

Visiting the Badlands area of South Dakota is like stepping into a moonscape on earth. Home to Badlands National Park, you’ll find the towns of Belvidere, Interior, Kadoka, Martin, Mellette County, Wall and White River.

They call them the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it’s something of a secret that the Black Hills extend into Wyoming, too.

The rich heritage of the Lakota Nation is deeply ingrained throughout Western South Dakota.

You don’t have to travel far in South Dakota to get back to the good ol’ days. The Northern Plains of Western South Dakota is comprised of more than a dozen ranch communities whose residents pride themselves on the true Old West. Things like cowboy heritage, and dinosaur fossils.

No question about it — it’s a long way across South Dakota! If you take Interstate 90, there’s 410 miles worth of South Dakota between Minnesota and Wyoming… 410 miles of vacation fun, if you know what’s coming your way.

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