Southern Hills Region | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Southern Hills Region

  • Custer State Park / Wind Cave Region

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

Nationally known Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument and scenic Custer State Park are also on the agenda. You will have the opportunity to go deep underground through a maze of delicate and colorful crystal formations and through the beauty of one of the nation’s premier state parks. Your trip will include the park’s drive-through wildlife loop — home of one of America’s largest wild buffalo herds, begging burros and a variety of other wildlife; as well as the historic State Game Lodge, summer homes for Presidents Coolidge and Eisenhower. There's lots of camping spots, plus enjoy trail rides and chuckwagon cookouts at Blue Bell Lodge, a Buffalo Jeep Safari or take in a performance at Black Hills Playhouse.

Venturing farther south, you will come upon one of the richest archeological finds in recent years near Hot Springs. Other family must-sees in the Southern Hills area are Black Hills Putt-4-Fun, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Evans Plunge and The Mammoth Site.

Parks & Monuments Located in the Southern Hills Region Region

Custer State Park
Parks & Monuments

Custer State Park

Wind Cave National Park
Parks & Monuments

Wind Cave National Park

Jewel Cave National Monument
Parks & Monuments

Jewel Cave National Monument

Custer National Forest
Parks & Monuments

Custer National Forest

Crazy Horse Memorial
Parks & Monuments

Crazy Horse Memorial®

Buffalo Gap National Grassland
Parks & Monuments

Buffalo Gap National Grassland

Cites & Towns Located in the Southern Hills Region

Hot Springs
Cities & Towns

Hot Springs

Cities & Towns

Edgemont

Custer
Cities & Towns

Custer

Things to See & Do in the Southern Hills Region

Geocaching
Outdoor Recreation

Geocaching

Programs, Activites & Tours

The Wind Cave Crawling Tour

Wild Caving Tour
Programs, Activites & Tours

Wild Caving Tour

Programs, Activites & Tours

Surface Activites

Photography
Outdoor Recreation

Photography