Enjoy the backyard patio, complete with tables & chairs, gas & charcoal grills, 8-person hot tub and fire pit. Start your day with coffee – or – relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine in the chairs perched high on the hill side.
The four seasons offer amazing opportunities to view and enjoy nature in the Black Hills National Forest. In the springtime, flowers abound on the forest floor. Fall colors brighten the hills and white winter snow illuminates the surroundings. Forest lakes glisten bright blue on summer days, and summer nights offer magnificent opportunities for star gazing.
The Peter Norbeck and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byways showcase 90 miles of the Black Hills’ most scenic highways, although one will find that all roads in the Black Hills are scenic drives! Venture out on a day trip with a picnic lunch and don’t forget you camera.
For Backpacking and Day Hiking, the forest has 450 miles of hiking trails ranging in length and difficulty. Several trails will lead to the old lookout tower at Harney Peak, the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the French Alps, at 7,242 feet!
Of all the caves in the United States, none contain the vast variety and abundance of rare formations and passageways as found in the Black Hills caves. Six Black Hills caves are open to the public. Every cave offers unique formations and its own window into the underground cavern system, so visit as many as you can while you are here.
There are hundreds of miles of trails and roads accessible by mountain bike on the Black Hills National Forest. Roads that wind through the forest are ideal for cycling and trails take riders on an exploratory journey. Bike rentals are available in Hill City.
There are hundreds of plotted climbing courses for all different skill levels throughout the Black Hills. Several area businesses provide guides and training.
Hunters hunt the Black Hills for both big and small game species, including: turkey, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, mountain lion, rabbits and game birds. It can be a rewarding experience! A license is required to hunt in both South Dakota and Wyoming.
Several species of game fish, including brown, brook, and rainbow trout, as well as northern, perch, walleye and crappies can be caught in the Black Hills area. A license is required to fish in both South Dakota and Wyoming
Mineral deposits and rock beds can be found throughout the forest and prairie, featuring quartz, copper, silver, lead, mica, feldspar and many other naturally occurring geological finds. People come to the Black Hills for exploration and mineral claims on gold, uranium, pegmatite minerals, and limestone.