Facts (Local/State)

Birdwatching in the Black Hills

With the abundance of wildlife and wilderness in the Black Hills, it is an ideal destination for birdwatching. The state has nine national wildlife refuges, six...

George Armstrong Custer

George Armstrong Custer was born to Emanuel Henry Custer and Maria Ward Kirkpatrick Custer in New Rumley, Harrison County, Ohio, on December 5th, 1839. George o...

Black Hills and Badlands Geology

The unique and varied landscapes of the Black Hills and Badlands region are a geology student’s dream. The following is a general overview of the four geologic ...

The Tradition Continues: Black Hills Gold

Originating from a legend, Black Hills Gold Jewelry has ultimately become one of the Black Hills region's most recognized and collectible products. The familiar...

Black Hills Wildlife Photography

The Black Hills area is one of the most beautiful and varied ecosystems in the world. It goes from prairie to mountain in a very short drive and both ecosystems...

Buffalo and the Black Hills Region

Through pioneering and contemporary conservation efforts, the American bison, or as it is more commonly referred to – the buffalo, has become synonymous with th...

Everything You Need to Know About Bison

Bison, also called buffalo, are the largest land mammal in the North America. They stand from five to seven feet tall at the shoulder, and can be an intimidatin...

Fossils of the Badlands

The Badlands of South Dakota are known for their abundance of fossil mammals. Preserved in the layers of exposed rock and ancient soils are examples of brontoth...

Buffalo Capital of the World

Fall signals not only a change in seasons at Custer State Park, but also a yearly tradition—the park’s Buffalo Roundup and Sale. The park’s modern tie to the...

A Tribute to Ellsworth Air Force Base

Over the past 60 years, the Black Hills and and the United States military facility that has evolved into Ellsworth Air Force Base have established a mutually b...