If we were forced to pick a favorite month for a drive in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we would be very tempted to pick October. The mountain air is crisp and fresh-smelling. The weather is pleasantly cool. And the aspen trees are putting on their annual show.
The American Bus Association named the upcoming Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup the top U.S. event for visitors. We couldn’t agree more.
Custer State Park has a herd of some 1,300 bison. But since the park spans 71,000 acres, the free-roaming bison do what they do best — roam. Visitors can usually spot small groups and fairly large herds lolling around the meadows and open areas of the park.
For many folks, Labor Day weekend is the last big blast of the summer travel season. After Labor Day, school children are back in class, summer workers are back in college and there’s often, but not always, a discernible chill in the early morning air.
However, it is by no means the end of travel for the Black Hills. A lot of visitors find September to be the best month to visit the Black Hills.
This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which doesn’t officially begin until Aug. 3, is getting an early start this year. We’re already seeing thousands of early bird bikers throughout the Black Hills. And Keystone has always been a must-see item on the average biker bucket list.
It could be the open boardwalks and verandas where bikers can sit with a cold drink and watch the ongoing motorcycle parade on Winter Street. It could be the restaurants and shops, or the laid-back attitude of Keystone.
Darrell Red Cloud, a fifth-generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, gives presentations at the Youth Exploration Area at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On this day, he was talking about the connection between sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the Native Americans.
The Youth Exploration Area is a great way for children (and adults) to learn more about Native American culture. There are lots of images and an authentic Native American teepee.
Darrell’s presentations are never the same, and he covers a wide range of topics. Definitely worth looking for if your family is going to Mount Rushmore this summer.