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Black Hills Of South Dakota

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Black Hills, isolate eroded mountain region in Western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, US, lying largely within Black Hills National Forest. The Hills lie between Cheyenne and Belle Fourche rivers and rise about 3 000 feet above the surrounding plains. They culminate in Black Elk Peak, highest point in South Dakota. Black Hills form as result of upwarping of ancient rock, after which removal of higher portions of mountain mass by stream erosion produce present-day topography. From distance round hilltops, well-Forest slopes, and deep valleys present a dark appearance, giving them their name. South Dakota: Black Hills Black Hills, South Dakota. S. SolumPhotoLink / Getty Images Black Elk Peak Black Elk Peak, Black Hills region of South Dakota. BHrock Black Hills were hunting ground and sacred territory of Western Sioux Indians. At least portions of the region were also sacred to other Native American peoplesincluding, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Arapaho and the area had also been inhabited by Crow. Rights to the region were guaranteed to Sioux and Arapaho by the Second Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868. However, after a US military expedition under George A. Custer discovered gold in Black Hills in 1874, thousands of white gold hunters and miners swarmed into the area the following year. Native American resistance to that influx led to the Black Hills War, high point of which was the Battle of Little Bighorn. Despite that Native American victory, US government was able to force Sioux to relinquish their Treaty rights to Black Hills in 1877, by which time Homestake Mine had become the largest gold Mine in the United States. Custer's Black Hills expedition camp George. Custer's camp at Hidden Wood Creek during his Black Hills expedition, 1874. National Archives, Washington, DC Chicago and North Western Railway's broadside encouraging travel to goldfields in the Black Hills, c. 1877. Newberry Library, Gift of Everett D. Graff besides old mining town of Deadwood and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills tourist attractions include Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, and Custer State Park, all in South Dakota. Devils Tower National Monument is located in Wyoming.

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Major Monuments and Native History

Call Paha Sapa Black Hills are home to many Tribes, consisting primarily of Lakota and Dakota Nations. However, nearly two dozen other Native American Tribes claim the Black Hills as ancestral and sacred. The word Dakota is a Native American word meaning friendly or ally. As a result, area is especially rich in culture. Some of the more popular activities stag by tribes are powwows, or Wacipi, which are usually open to visitors. Black Hills Powwow, or He Sapa Wacipi, is held in Rapid City and is open to all Tribes and non-Native Americans. Learning the culture and history of local Native Americans gives visitors a complete picture of the region and adds depth to any vacation. Celebrate Native American Heritage and History at these Black Hills Attractions mato Paha or Bear Mountain is Lakota name given to the unique formation at Bear Butte State Park, located just along the northern edge of the Black Hills. Bear Butte is a stand-alone mountain rising 1 400 feet above the prairie, and from its peak you can view four neighboring States. This area is one of many considered sacred by Native Americans and is the site of many ceremonies and gatherings. Many Native Americans see mountains as a place where the creator has chosen to communicate with them through visions and prayer. Notable leaders, including Red Cloud, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull visit Bear Butte. Because of its natural and historical heritage, Bear Butte State Park has been designated as a National Natural Landmark and National Recreation Trail. Two hiking trails, lakeside use area with 15 basic campsites and a small, roaming bison herd make the area a visual wonder for travelers. In respect to religious activities, Park is managed for daytime use only. An entrance fee is require. Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest sculpture-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When complete, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall-nearly 10 times the height of nearby Mount Rushmore. The project was started in 1948 by sculptor Korczack Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to honor the heritage, tradition and culture of North American Indians. Its namesake, Crazy Horse, was the War leader of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and prominent leader in Sioux resistance to white encroachment Black Hills. His bravery and skill are admired and Sioux revere him as one of their greatest leaders. The Complex surrounding Mountain carving includes the Indian Museum of North American, Native American Cultural Center, Sculptors Studio and a 40 000 square foot Orientation Center and theater. Nightly performances of multimedia laser-light show spotlight Native American culture using dramatic animations and stirring musical score. The Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo is held in mid-June on grounds and is sanctioned by both PRCA and Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association. Also in June, Crazy Horse Volksmarch open to hikers 10K route that Wind around the base of Mountain and up onto Crazy Horses ' outstretched arm.

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Exploring Expansive Parks

Catch a flight to Rapid City Regional Airport, closest airport to your adventure through the Black Hills and Badlands. About 60 kilometers southwest of the Airport, Custer State Park is the first attraction on this road trip. Encompassing nearly 29 000 hectares of untamed terrain, Park is a wonderland of wildlife: herds of bison roam alongside burros, coyotes, elk, deer, Bighorn sheep and Prairie dogs. Get acquaint with the Park at Visitor Center, then take the 29-kilometer Wildlife Loop Road to glimpse animals, sweeping Prairie views and colorful wildflowers in spring. Stretch your legs at Sylvan Lake. Hiking, kayaking, fishing and swimming are available as well as outdoor dining and overnight accommodations at Sylvan Lake Lodge. In fact, there are a variety of amenities in the Park. From campgrounds to cabins, historic rooms that once welcomed Presidents and modern resorts, Parks Wildlife isnt only thing visitors find surprising amount of here. As part of Parks Wildlife management, cowboys and cowgirls herd the massive Buffalo population during the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. This ground-rumbling event took place last Friday of September. Follow Needles Highway, scenic National byway also know as South Dakota Highway 87, and youll be surrounded by views of pine forests, meadows and granite-faced mountains. Be sure to find Needles Eye and watch RVs and tour buses squeeze through tunnels that cut through formations.

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Featured Event

Communities in our Black Hills celebrate events as unique as the community itself, from Gold Discovery Days in Custer to the Film Festival in Hill City to Neutrino Days in Lead. Free outdoor summer concerts are held weekly in Rapid City, Spearfish and Belle Fourche. Rodeos have a remarkable history in western South Dakota. Top rodeos in Black Hills include Day's of '76 Rodeo in Deadwood, Black Hills Roundup in Belle hold over Fourth of July weekend, Mt Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch and Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City. The bucket list event is the Crazy Horse Volksmarch when visitors get to walk to the top of Crazy Horse Memorial. Add to your Black Hills experience and plan your trip around one of our great events.

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Featured Community

Club for Boys was originally created in response to community concerns about juvenile delinquency, where a safe, fun, and positive environment would allow kids to strengthen their senses of self-esteem and character. Today, Club for Boys has a well-qualified staff of 30 that provide recreation and developmentally appropriate programming for ages 6-17. The Club of Rapid City is particularly unique, as there is nowhere else in the city where boys-especially those from low-income families-can go for recreation, and the degree of care and guidance that Club offer. Black Hills Energy provided 5000 gift for their expansion project at the Club.

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You can channel your inner pioneer at Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet, or get your motor runnin' at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Experience the culture and beauty of the area's earliest residents at powwows across the State, or watch history in action during biannual night blasts at Crazy Horse Memorial. Fun festivals and fairs, cultural happenings and delightful diversions can be found across Mount Rushmore State. Sometimes they're delicious, sometimes they're weird, but they'll always be part of a trip you'll never forget. Use tools below to search for events and activities, or find out what's happening at a certain time or place. Check out featured events, and learn about what other South Dakota visitors have already enjoyed on our Road Journals, Spotlights and Itineraries pages.

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