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Black Hills National Forest at South Dakota

Black Hills National Forest

Distance from hotel: 39.2 miles
Category: Activities
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Black Hills National Forest: Hiking, Fishing and Wildlife Viewing

With 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountain, the Black Hills are a world all their own. Described as an "Island in the Plains," this breathtaking land includes 11 reservoirs, 2 scenic byways, 1,300 miles of streams, 353 miles of trails and much more. Fish in tumbling streams and deep blue lakes. Gaze upon rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches. Hike a diversity of trails while keeping a watchful eye for wildlife. With boundless beauty and a rich heritage, Black Hills National Forest is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. 


Prices -

No entrance fee 

Hours -

Open year-round, 24 hours per day


  • Organizational Camps
  • Educational Programs
  • Van & Bus Tours


  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Fishing


  • What types of wildlife will I see?

    The Black Hills are home to a diversity of animals, including Elk, pronghorn, mule and white-tail deer. Black bears have been spotted from time to time, and the mountain lion population has steadily increased as a result of prolific herds of elk and deer. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep and coyotes are also commonly seen, along with bald eagles, ospreys, hawks, peregrine falcon and more than 200 other species of birds.
  • How is the weather in the Black Hills? When should I visit?

    Every season is a great time to visit the Black Hills. Spring temperatures average between 47 to 66 degrees, while summer temperatures fall between 76 and 85 degrees. During early fall, temperatures tend to stay well into the 70s, before falling into the high 40s in November. In the winter months, high temperatures tend to be in the mid-thirties with lows in the teens. During the coldest months of the year, the area can see over 25 inches of snow, making the area a prime destination for ski and snowmobile enthusiasts.

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