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Outdoors

Scars from the Sky


Black Hills lightning is unique, and its people and pines bear the marks to prove it.

For the Birds


Sand Lake rose from the dust and dirt of the Depression into a waterfowl haven.

Winter Hike On Black Elk Peak


We sent a writer up the mountain on a cold and sunny day. He came back and wrote this account.

Eight Over Seven … In One


Rapid City’s Erick Sykora climbed the Black Hills' tallest peaks in one day.

In Search of the Fairburn Agate


People have spent days looking for our rare and valuable state gemstone and come away with nothing. Could we find one during a morning in the Hills?

Chasing Cats


When a 70-year-old fishing record was overturned, South Dakota anglers turned their attention to the joys of catfishing.

Wild Horses in Winter


Bouncing across a snowy mustang sanctuary.

Explorers of an Unseen World


Curiosity took Jan & Herb Conn of Custer underground to discover the buried treasure that is South Dakota’s Jewel Cave.

Few stretches of the Missouri River are as wild as they were when Durand Young and Tom Kilian floated from Mobridge to Pierre in 1956.

Last Raft Trip Down ‘Old Mo’


Durand Young and Tom Kilian rafted the Missouri when it was still a river.

The Winter Deer Hunt


Tradition passes to a new generation.

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.

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