Outdoor Recreation | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Outdoor Recreation

There are 1.2 million beautiful acres of the Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota.

The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here.

The uncrowded, natural surroundings of Western South Dakota are ideal for walking, hiking and backpacking.

Canoeing and kayaking on the waters of the Black Hills and

Expect lots of close encounters of the “wild” kind when you visit the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.

Explore the mysterious depths of the underground world in many of the caves that are home to the Black Hills.  The Black Hills is also home of two caves that happen to be National Parks.

Snowmobiling has really come of age in the Black Hills with the development of a 350-mile network of marked, mapped and groomed snowmobile trails.

Bicycle Touring & Road Cycling

Gentle horses. Expert guides and wranglers. Great scenery. They all add up to Trail Ride, a great way for amateur (even never-ever) riders to enjoy being a cowboy in the great outdoors.

In South Dakota, the fishing season never closes!  Which makes the pursuit of trout in the streams and lakes of the Black Hills a year-round sport.  You can catch walleyes, northern pike, bluegills and crappies too-but trout top the list for Hills sportsmen.

Autumn is big game hunting time in western South Dakota. And the hunting opportunities are distinctly divided between prairie/range-land habitat and the mountainous Black Hills.

In the Black Hills of South Dakota water sports are an important element of enjoying the outdoors.

Rock climbing in the Black Hills is a perfect way for friends and families to add some adventure to their vacation.

Black Hills golf courses twist deep into pine forests, cross rushing trout streams and open up to distractingly spectacular mountain vistas.

If it’s photo opportunities you want, you’ll hit the jackpot in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.

They stand tall, these two mountains just southwest of Lead-Deadwood, SD. Up to 7,076 feet — tall enough to gather in the pure Western snows from the storm clouds blowing from Wyoming.

If the coordinates N 44 17.849 W 103 48.471 mean anything to you, then you’re probably into geocaching. Using your Global Positioning Device and a published longitude and latitude, you try to locate a treasure, or cache, which someone has hidden at those coordinates.

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The 2020 South Dakota Vacation Guide is a 265-page traveler's guide to South Dakota filled with color photos and maps.