Facts (Local/State)

Black Hills Wildlife: Mountain Lions

Mountain lions, also called cougars and pumas, are the largest wildcat in North America. They are two to three feet tall at the shoulders, three to five feet...

Fall Colors and Winter Weather

By Susan Sanders, Rapid City NOAA Office   Sunny, mild days and cool nights are typical during the autumn. Temperatures begin to cool around Labor Day,...

A Haunted Vacation

By Kelsey Sinclair The modern-day Black Hills is built on the remains of centuries of Wild West, homesteader, and Native American history. Over the many years,...

Wish Upon a Shooting Star

With the lack of light pollution, western South Dakota has a large number of fantastic stargazing spots. Drive five minutes outside of any of the Black Hill’s s...

Black Hills Wildlife: Prairie Dogs

Prairie dogs are a type of ground squirrel found in North America. Adults usually grow to be 12 to 16 inches long and weigh between one and four pounds. Wild pr...

The Summer White House of 1927

Undoubtedly the most exposure the Black Hills region has ever received, was in the summer of 1927 during the 3-month “visit” of President Calvin Coolidge. Th...

A Brief History of South Dakota

By Rick W. Mills From the earliest accounts (including the Kiowa, Kiowa-Apache, Arikara, Arapaho, Mandans, and the Hidatsa), to later occupants like the Crow, ...

Timeline of Black Hills Railroads

By Rick W. Mills 1848 - First Steam Locomotive arrives in Chicago, Illinois; operates on predecessor of the Chicago and North Western Railway 1869 - Union P...

Jewel Cave National Monument

Located near Custer, South Dakota, Jewel Cave is recognized as the second longest recorded cave system in the nation - 181 miles - behind only the appropriately...