Parks and Monuments in the Black Hills
Masterpieces of man and nature – there is something about the transcendent landscapes of the Black Hills and Badlands of western South Dakota that calls to the highest spirits of man. To the Lakota nation, this small mountain “island” in the midst of the vast prairie is the sacred center of creation. And the magnificent national heirlooms of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials speak to the impact these majestic mountains had on two of our nation’s greatest sculptors, Gutzon Borglum and Korczak Ziolkowski.
There’s a bounty of natural wonders sure to keep visitors inspired and excited every hour of their vacation. Just east of the Black Hills is the otherworldly sandstone spires of Badlands National Park; to the north, the granite monolith of Devils Tower thrusts its massive bulk into the Wyoming sky.
In the midst of the Hills lies Custer State Park, the great wildlife refuge where 3,000 buffalo roam free, and where the Needles and Harney Peak exhilarate all who love the great outdoors. Underground are two of America’s finest cave systems, Jewel Cave and Wind Cave.
There’s a plethora of national parks, state parks, national forests, national grasslands, wilderness areas and refuges and national scenic byways, all within a few short hours’ drive of each other. Awesome adventures await!
Photos Courtesy of South Dakota Tourism