Badlands National Park

Stargazing

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...
Belted Kingfisher

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...
Hiking Black Hills

Hiking in the Black Hills

The Black Hills is home to one of the premier hiking trails in the nation—The George S. Mickelson Trail. The trail was developed following the 1983 abandonment ...
Ammonite

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 Burger

8 Must-Try Flavors of South Dakota

South Dakota’s multicultural history has lead to great local cuisine with a unique mixture of German, Eastern European, and Native American influences. Take a f...
Minuteman Missle

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Even South Dakota played its part in the Cold War by building the Minuteman Missile Site. Operating from 1963 to the early 1990s, there were 15 launch control f...