Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

 

Sky-piercing granite peaks and forested mountains dominate the skyline of western South Dakota.

America's oldest mountains rose above the surrounding flatlands 60 million years ago, about the time the dinosaurs disappeared, and even after eons of erosion, their granite peaks still soar as high as 7,242 feet to the dizzying heights of Harney Peak (pictured). The Lakota named the area "Paha Sapa" or "Black Hills" because a thick forest of pine and spruce trees cover the slopes making them appear black from a distance.

Black Hills National Forest stretches for 1.2 million acres, offering outdoor adventure like hiking, biking and camping amidst stunning scenery. Find grassy mountain meadows, towering granite peaks, deep canyons, cascading trout streams and clear, clean lakes.

 

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