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Black Hills, South Dakota
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The Black Hills are a small, isolated mountain range rising from the Great Plains of North America in western South Dakota and extending into Wyoming, United States. Harney Peak, which rises to 7244ft, is the range's highest summit. The Black Hills encompass the Black Hills National Forest. The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota Pahá Sápa. The hills were so-called because of their dark appearance from a distance, as they were covered in trees.Native Americans have a long history in the Black Hills. After conquering the Cheyenne in 1776, the Lakota took over the territory of the Black Hills, which became central to their culture. In 1868, the U.S. government signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, exempting the Black Hills from all white settlement forever. However, when European Americans discovered gold there in 1874, as a result of George Armstrong Custer's Black Hills Expedition, miners swept into the area in a gold rush. The US government reassigned the Lakota, against their wishes, to other reservations in western South Dakota. Unlike most of South Dakota, the Black Hills were settled by European Americans primarily from population centers to the west and south of the region, as miners flocked there from earlier gold boom locations in Colorado and Montana.
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  • We went to the black hills this summer to see the Teton ,mount Rushmore,the pine trees,we went on picnics,some short walks a lot of sight seeing. 
  • Corner of almost untouched nature on the border of South Dakota and Wyoming, is a mountain massif. In addition to purely natural attractions there are the famous Mount Rushmore Memorial. Located deep in the State, and the route of the trip difficult.
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  • We absolutely loved the Blacks Hills of South Dakota. There is so much to do from Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park and the crazy horse monument. There are lots of cool little rustic towns with plenty of...  more »
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  • I have been in love with the black hills ever since I was a little boy. It is a frequent place for me and my family to camp. The scenery is truly amazing, and unique to this area. There are many types of wildlife species here to see, mountain goats, bison, and donkeys to name a few. A must see for anyone who visits South Dakota or the surrounding area. A great place for nature photographers as well.
  • One of my absolute favorite places to visit of all the parks. Beautiful colors, formations, scenery, wildlife. I can easily see why the Native Americans held this as one their most sacred places. Coupled with Custer State Park (horribly named by the way) and Badlands and you can't miss. Without a doubt you need to make this a must stop on your trip.
  • Great national park, with all sorts of different things to offer. If you love viewing wildlife you'll have to take a drive through Custer State Park and see the bison & wild donkeys. If you're a history buff then there are two major monuments, Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore, to visit both with tons of visitor info and a large area to explore with great photo-ops. If scenic views are your thing then you have to take a drive down Needles Highway and around Iron Mountain. There are plenty of places to stop and get a bite to eat or rest as well as buy souvenirs. On a motorcycle I'd rate this a must do. Pro tip, watch out for traffic on Needles Highway, it is truly a one lane road with lots of sharp winding turns and caution is advised.
  • I love the upper parts of the forest especially the tunnel with view on MT Rushmore. But Avoid in the summer it is crowded and as there are very few roads you're patience will be tested. best period is may or october.
  • Very beautiful forest, especially along the Needle's Highway. If you came to see Rushmore, make the drive to see this. You will not regret it!