Custer State Park Wildlife Loop [USA Road Trip to Black Hills South Dakota]

An USA road trip to Custer State Park WILDLIFE LOOP STATE SCENIC BYWAY in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Custer State Park’s 18-mile Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway has what you are looking for! Winding through pine-covered hills, rolling prairies and red-walled canyons, the Wildlife Loop is one of the highlights of a park that has many wild animals just ripe for the camera. 1300 Buffalo are the big stars along the byway. Bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dog, donkey and numerous bird species including wild turkey can all be seen at times along the Wildlife Loop. Come with us on a tour and see what we caught on camera. Continue reading Custer State Park Wildlife Loop [USA Road Trip to Black Hills South Dakota]

5 Places to Stay in the Black Hills, South Dakota

We have stayed in many places in the Black Hills, South Dakota. From KOA cabins to RV parks to historic hotels to casino resorts. From Deadwood to Custer to Hill City. All within driving distance to Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, The Wind Caves, Mickelson Trail, Needles Highway, and more. Come along with us as we show you some of these campgrounds and hotels. So you can plan your year-round travel to the Black Hills in South Dakota. Continue reading 5 Places to Stay in the Black Hills, South Dakota

Iron Mountain Road Black Hills South Dakota [Custer State Park]

Iron Mountain Road is a scenic byway that skirts Custer State Park in the Black Hills in South Dakota. It has spectacular views of Mount Rushmore. And tight rock tunnels. Iron Mountain Road or Norbeck Scenic Byway is in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Continue reading Iron Mountain Road Black Hills South Dakota [Custer State Park]

The Needles Highway in the Black Hills, South Dakota

The Needles Highway in South Dakota is in Custer State Park in the Black Hills. It is part of Highway 87 (SD 87). The northern 14 miles (23 km) of the highway 87 is also known as the Needles Highway. The Needles Highway, along with the concurrency with US 16A, are also part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Portions of the highway are also a section of Custer State Park’s Wildlife Loop. The highway is known for it spires and narrow rock tunnels such as the Needles Eye Tunnel. Which are a lot of fun to go through. Continue reading The Needles Highway in the Black Hills, South Dakota

The Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills

The George S. Mickelson Trail is an old railroad trail in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. The main trail route extends 108.8 miles, from Edgemont to Deadwood, with approximately nine miles of additional branch trails, including a three-mile paved link from Custer to the Custer State Park. Come on a ride with us as we take the trail from the ghost town of … Continue reading The Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills

4 Fantastic Views of Mount Rushmore Outside of the National Park

We spend a lot of time in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I have a million pictures of Mount Rushmore from one view or another. But my favorite views and pictures I have taken of Mount Rushmore are not even in the National Park. Over the years I have found views of the monument that I prefer. Places where I can take in the view without the crowds. So, come along with me as we show you four of our favorite views of Mount Rushmore and how to get to them. Continue reading 4 Fantastic Views of Mount Rushmore Outside of the National Park

The Black Hills Ghost Town – Spokane, South Dakota

Not much is left in the mining ghost town of Spokane. But what is left is worth the short hiking from Playhouse Road in the southern Bill Hills of South Dakota. The public land site is just north of Custer State Park and south of Mt. Rushmore National Monument. And a short 12 miles scenic drive northeast from the town of Custer. Continue reading The Black Hills Ghost Town – Spokane, South Dakota

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Finding the Real Deadwood Characters in Mt. Moriah Cemetery

The successful HBO series and movie, “Deadwood,” is about the true mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the Black Hills. During its post-Civil War years, Deadwood was not part of any U.S. state or territory. This lawless town attracted people looking to get rich after a huge gold strike, as well as those who wanted to capitalize on the lack of organized law in … Continue reading Finding the Real Deadwood Characters in Mt. Moriah Cemetery