Black Hills South Dakota Summer Vacations, Activities & Recreation

Summer Recreation

Somehow the Black Hills seem to offer the best of many outdoor activities. Visitors don't come here to enjoy one activity. They come to enjoy them all. Take your pick from horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, ATVing, rock climbing, and canoeing.

Biking

Road bikers will love cruising the windy scenic roads through the Black Hills. Mountain bikers will find plenty of single track as well as wide gravel pathways.

Boating

Kayak or canoe on Sylvan Lake. Take the motorboat to Angostura Reservoir.

Fishing

Spearfish Creek may offer some of the best fly fishing around. For trolling, check out nearby Angostura Reservoir.

Hiking

The Black Hills are home to popular Centennial and Mickelson Trails. You can also explore many trails within Custer State Park, or nearby National Parks including the Badlands, Jewell Cave, and Wind Cave.

ATV/Off-Road

Black Hills National Forest is an off-roaders paradise with over 5,000 miles of regional trails and roads open to ATVs and other motorized vehicles.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up with a local horseback riding outfitter and explore areas of the Black Hills untouched by hikers and motorized users.

Alpine Slide

Bring your family to the Alpine Slide for a scenic chairlift ride and then a thrilling descent down a winding slide, pausing for refreshments and views at the summit.

Rock Climbing

Join a guide and improve your mountain climbing abilities with several locations and routes to choose from, resting at the summits for incredible scenic views.

Motorcycle Tours

With Sturgis featured in the area and a number of scenic highways, roll down the road with other motorcycle enthusiasts on an unforgettable tour.

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