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Outdoors

Primitive Camping


As wild as it gets in South Dakota. Photo by Bonny Fleming.

Angels Along the River


Kayaking the 2,341-mile Missouri River is intimidating. Luckily, there are South Dakotans willing to help. Photo by Jessica Giard.

Navigating the Wild Missouri


Local river rats guided a vessel down a treacherous stretch of the Mighty Mo.

The Quest of the Lost Henry Arch


Discovering memorable sights in the Black Hills is easy. Finding them again is the problem.

The Creek That Thinks It’s a River


Split Rock Creek doesn’t show up on some maps, but it’s a pretty place anyway.

Ten Years of Hiking Black Elk Peak


Matt Jackson made the trek every month. Photos by Matt Jackson.

Where Elk Speak


Outdoorsman Kevin Lineback has found a special place where he goes to watch, listen and, sometimes, even answer. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism.

The Birdwatcher’s Wings

August 28, 2017
Willis Hall loved birds, photography, Rosamond and friends — not necessarily in that order.

The Joys of Cactus


Though few consider South Dakota a cactus state, residents may be surprised to learn the prickly plants can found almost everywhere. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism

Dakota Skies


Where the universe opens its arms in welcome to those willing to take the time to notice. Photo by John Mitchell.

Prairie Isn’t Prairie Without Sky


Why one needs the other, and why man needs both. Photo by Greg Latza.

High Mountain Gardening


How a rocky Black Hills slope blossoms under a hand that works with nature.

Coldlands Beauty


Photographer Carl Johnson explores the Badlands in winter.

Rails to Trails


After a dozen years of work and early opposition, an old railroad line became the Mickelson Trail.

The Burnt Hills


Along the Missouri, near the mouth of the White River, are smoking hills that explorers thought might be South Dakota volcanoes.

Opening Day


Pheasants and fellowship fill the air as the season begins October 15.

Saving Our Native Prairie


After 150 years of plowing, just 2 percent of the tallgrass prairie that once dominated eastern South Dakota remains.

If You Live Long Enough


Crow Peak’s present is devastating, but its future could be bright.

Changing Pace


Kayaking Black Hills lakes can be life changing.

A Nature Hike Without Solitude


The Crazy Horse Volksmarch has grown to become America’s most popular hike.

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