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Black Hills roads

Great Fall Weather

We’re having some extremely nice fall weather in the Black Hills with highs in the 70s, lots of sunshine and not much wind. Perfect weather for hitting the roads with the top down. This is a photo of a stretch of SD Highway 244 behind

Bear Butte as seen from the Black Hills

Bear Butte

Bear Butte is one of the great landmarks of Western South Dakota. This 1400-foot-high butte is the core of an ancient volcano and is clearly visible against the wide open ranges. This view is from the Black Hills southwest of Sturgis. The hills look particularly

Moonset over Mt. Rushmore

Moonset over Mt. Rushmore

Some say October is one of the best times to visit the Black Hills. The weather is usually nice (October, 2013, being a notable exception) and you can take pictures like this. The Harvest Moons of October and November present a striking view as they

ICBM Launch Site

Cold War relic

There was a time when Western South Dakota was on the front lines of the Cold War and the relics of that time can be found on the prairies throughout the area. It was a time when acronyms like ICBM and MAD were well-known and

Spearfish Falls

Streams running high

  After getting nearly five inches of rain in the past few days, most of the streams in the Black Hills are running near capacity.

Fall colors Black Hills

Fall color in the Black Hills

Now that the sky is starting to clear after two days of rain, the fall colors in the Black Hills are starting to look good. This shot is of Pactola Lake looking north along the Black Hills Parkway (US385) between Hill City and Deadwood.

Track inspection vehicles in Keystone, South Dakota

Railroad track inspection vehicles.

    One of the more enjoyable aspects of living in the Black Hills is that we get to see lots of unusual vehicles. And these track inspection cars that took over 1880 Train tracks in Keystone in September are some of our favorites. Nearly

Two chipmunks in a snuggle

Alvin and Alvina

Cooler weather inspires cuddly chipmunks.  The heatwave of last week, 91 on the warmest day, is over and fall weather is starting to break out. This pair seems to have harvested a winter supply of pine nuts and is ready to cuddle up for the

It's been said that happy campers prefer beds.

Great for hoteliers

  So, if happy campers sleep in beds, one might wonder how they feel about rattlesnakes.  It’s been said that rattlesnakes are actually somewhat cuddly, occasionally slithering into an unoccupied sleeping bag.  So a word of advice. If you camp in rattlesnake infested areas, check

Badlands 2014

Badlands in green

Badlands of Western South Dakota are looking good this fall with unusually tall and green wild grasses.