Enjoy your stay with us while visiting Rapid City and the Black Hills!
Although the Black Hills have been blessed with the unusually warm weather this fall, we will inevitably be hit with some harsh cold and possible intense snow storms. When winter finally settles over the state of South Dakota, here are a few ways to handle cabin fever while visiting Rapid City.
Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing:
You don’t have to travel far to reach three of the best winter activities for the family in the Black Hills. Both Terry Peak and Ski Mystic at Deer Mountain offer ample activities for beginners to novice skiers and snowboarders. Is the idea of being strapped to a board not your cup of tea? Try tubing through the tube park at Deer Mountain Ski Resort. Its guaranteed to bring out the little kid in you with laughs and the occasional spills.
In the mood to take it slow but still enjoy the outdoors on skis? Take advantage of cross-country skiing at Cheyenne Crossing. Built in the 1980’s, the Eagle Cliff Trailheads (Trail #68) are the starting point for varying levels of cross-country skiing. The scenery and fresh air are peaceful experiences and when you’re done, enjoy a meal at one of the local Deadwood restaurants, only 17 minutes from Cheyenne Crossing.
Black Elk Peak Hike:
Formerly known as Harney Peak, Black Elk Peak is the highest natural point in the South Dakota and is located close to Custer with popular access at Sylvan Lake. Once you’ve reached the top, Black Elk Peak offers some of the most incredible views of the surrounding area. While the hike can be difficult at times, especially after a snowfall, it is well worth the trek. The view and the experience is truly one-of-a-kind.
Wine tasting has taken off in the Black Hills over the last few years. There are three main wineries in the Hills; Prairie Berry, Naked Winery, and Belle Joli. Each winery offers their own take on wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Riesling. Spread out in the Hills from Deadwood to Hill City, you can easily make a day trip out of taking in the taste of local wines.