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Fire ecologist Mary Lata says South Dakota s grasslands are often overlooked in autumn, but visitors to our national parks are often surprised at their beauty this time of year.

Autumn Grasslands


Don’t overlook South Dakota’s grassy seas this fall. Photo by Stephen Gassman

Looking Up


South Dakota’s skies, among the darkest in the country, are a stargazer’s delight. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Primitive Camping


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

Becoming a Birder


South Dakota’s varied landscapes — the river valleys, mountains, badlands and glacial lakes — are a bird-watcher’s paradise.

A Park of Peace


Rapid City’s greenspace is eco and people friendly.

Prospecting in the Hills


Gold miners still carry pails and pickaxes deep into our mountain valleys.

Coldlands Beauty


Photographer Carl Johnson explores the Badlands in winter.

Crawling a Cave


A four-hour squeeze leads to a portion of Jewel Cave that many visitors will never see.

Searching For Color


Six photographers tell us where they find their favorite fall foliage shots.

Sailing by Balloon


Welcomed by the winds … kissed by the sun … joined by the laughter of God.

Trial and Error at the Community Garden


Lessons learned while digging in the dirt.

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.

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