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Black Hills National Forest

Surrounded by prairie land, the Black Hills loom before you from elevations of 3,250 to 7,242 feet above sea level and spans 100 miles north / south and 50 miles east / west. The American Indians named this breathtaking territory “Paha Sapa”, which when translated means “the mountains that are black”. Although this famous forest is green with blue spruce and Norway pine, the massive rock ribbed mountains create a very dark green aura and viewed from a distance become blue/black, thus the name Black Hills. We have all read history stories of the Black Hills and heard the names of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Custer and Wild Bill Hickok. Everything and everyone comes alive when you are here. You will find it easy to understand why the American Indians held this area sacred before the arrival of the white man. The entire Black Hills area, at that time, was the country of the Oglala Sioux, the Cheyennes, Arapahos and many other Sioux tribes. It was known as the place of gods and holy mountains. When the American Indians went into the Black Hills, it was to hunt, fish and collect materials for arrowheads and tepee poles. This was the place where warriors went to speak with the Great Spirit and await visions. President Ulysses S. Grant determined that the Black Hills were worthless to the government, and in 1868 decreed that the land of Papa Sapa would belong to the Indian Nations forever. “No white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the territory, or without consent of the American Indians to pass through the same,” Treaty of 1868. Many trappers, hunters and missionaries went in and out of the Black Hills some with permission, but most without. Soon General George Armstrong Custer, leading the Seventh Cavalry and supply wagons, cut a trail through the sacred mountains that would be forever known as Thieves Trail. It was during this early expedition that gold was discovered. This discovery would forever change the direction of South Dakota history. By 1874, the gold seekers were entering the Black Hills in droves as were cavalry troops, trappers, hunters and settlers. The frantic invasion instilled much anger and frustration among all people. As the gold miners staked claims and settlers took possession of the land, many famous battles ensued. Today, travelers can visit many of the historic battle sites as well as hundreds of natural attractions, historic towns, museums and traditional celebrations designed to commemorate history, all of which will magically transport you back in time. Black Hills, is the home of many attractions you will not want to miss, such as: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Forest, Rushmore Cave, Wonderland Cave, Black Hills Cavern, Crystal Cave Park, Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns and Stage Barn Crystal Cave. Depending on the season and your own choice of activities, the Black Hills National Forest will provide the best of all opportunities. Bring your camera to capture incredible scenery and historical sites, enjoy the best skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, camping, rockhounding, golf and tennis. If you have a huge appetite for adventure, the Black Hills will hit the spot. For more information on the Black Hills, visit their website at www.


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Riding to Crazy Horse Memorial (photo courtesy Jimmy Smith)

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Located off I-90 S.W. of Spearfish. Sturgis, located in western South Dakota is a friendly little town. It has ideal surroundings for walking, hiking and backpacking. A bicycle path has recently been completed approximately five miles following Bear Butte Creek. Hunting opportunities are divided between prairie and range land habitat and the mountainous Black Hills. Wild turkeys, deer, antelope and gamebirds are some of the species hunted. Outfitter and guide services are available. For the fisherman, there are several different species of fish in area waters, trout being the most abundant. It is home to the Ft. Meade Veterans Medical Center, the Black Hills National Cemetery, Bear Butte State Park, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Fame and Old Fort Meade with its museum and Fourth Cavalry Cemetery. Sturgis offers a recreational center complete with an indoor pool, racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts along with a running track and weight room. There is a Performing Arts Theater that hosts many special events. Sturgis also has an outstanding and challenging golf course. The Internationally famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held during the first full week of August. Thousands of cyclists from all over the world show their skills competing in the hill climb and racing events. The Rally is a seven day event. This is one of South Dakota’s largest tourism events. To learn more, stop in at the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau or phone (605) 347-2556 and they will be happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have. Visit our website at

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