Schwarze Hügel
Schwarze Hügel

Schwarze Hügel

South Dakota, 57745

The basics

The pine-clad Black Hills are a mountainous outlier in the mostly flat Great Plains. This low-lying range—protected by the Black Hills National Forest—is located primarily in western South Dakota, although a small portion of it extends into Wyoming. Highlights include the 17-mile (27-kilometer) deep Spearfish Canyon and the presidential faces carved into the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The area is also famous for herds of bison found in Custer State Park and Wild West towns such as Deadwood (home to the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane).

Other places to explore include Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Needles Highway. The region is also home to the first national monument in the country, Devils Tower National Monument and is often visited in tandem with Badlands National Park. A variety of Black Hills tours are available for those who want to see the highlights without having to drive themselves around.

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Things to know before you go

  • Most notable sites, including Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park, charge for admission or parking. 

  • Cave tours (and many other types of tours) tend to sell out, so it's a good idea to book in advance. 

  • Early to mid-August brings 100,000 motorcycles (and more spectators) to the area for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. If crowds aren't your thing, avoid this time.

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How to get there

If you're not on a cross-country road trip, you can get to the Black Hills by flying into Rapid City. You can also drive from Denver to Rapid City, but give yourself around 6 hours for the journey. From Rapid City, it's easy to join a Black Hills and Badlands tour or map out an itinerary and explore on your own.

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When to get there

The best time to visit the Black Hills is from spring through fall, while summer (June–August) brings in the most crowds. Come any time between late May and early October and you’ll get reliably warm temperatures, and most tours operate during these months. Fall is particularly good for avoiding crowds.

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A sacred past—and present

Many Indigenous tribes, such as the Lakota, view the Black Hills region as sacred. If you’re wandering through spots like Devils Tower or Black Elk Peak, you may see prayer offerings—including ribbons and symbolic objects—attached to the trees. Public-facing events such as the Black Hills Powwow—held every October in Rapid City—are a great way to experience Indigenous cultures first-hand.

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