Simple Pleasures in the Black HillsA Black Hills vacation needn't be expensive. Yes, if you try to see every commercial attraction -- and there are many -- you could end up spending lots of money, but there are many things to do in the Black Hills that are free or very inexpensive.
For instance, a temporary pass to Custer State Park costs only $12 per car and is good for five days. With it your whole family can swim in any of several lakes, hike numerous trails, climb hundreds of peaks or pinnacles or just plain lounge around. Likewise a two week, non-resident South Dakota fishing license is less than $10 and gives you access to more than 17 lakes and some 1400 miles of streams.
Most Black Hills museums are either free or have nominal entry fees. Sometimes the only fee is a suggested donation.
Below, we've collected some ideas of how you can have a good time inexpensively. As you might expect, this list doesn't include too many commercial attractions even though many of these attractions are reasonably priced. If you have vacationed elsewhere recently, a trip to the Black Hills will come as a very pleasant surprise, indeed.
Check out the links below and you'll see what we mean.