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Outdoors

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.

The Old Growth Pines


How ancient Black Hills trees reveal our natural history. Photo by Stephen Gassman.

Our Centennial Trail


An experienced hiker ranks the 111-mile path through South Dakota’s mountainous pine forest as one of America’s finest long distance trails.

Halverson’s Skies


A Lyman County farmer’s photography captures night heavens.

Snow Birds

November 23, 2015
The first major snowstorm of the season hit the midwest on Friday. Photos by Christian Begeman.

Looking Up


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

Can We Save The Big Sioux?


Development imperils one of our prized waterways, but farmers and river rats are cooperating to make it safer for man and fish. Photo by Greg Latza.

On Target


Yankton took a shot at becoming an archery mecca — and hit the bull’s-eye. 

House finch.

Why We Go Birding


Education, exercise and entertainment lure birders to the great outdoors. Photo by Kelly Preheim.

A Whale Of A Mountain


Snowboarders delight on Black Hills peaks. Photo by Jeremiah M. Murphy.

Winter Hike On Harney


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

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

Mysterious Monarchs


Some South Dakotans even grow weeds in their gardens to help the winged beauties on their fall migration. Photo by Christian Begeman

A restored red barn is part of the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve s homestead area. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Sharing Nature's Wealth


Two sisters so loved their land that they wanted all South Dakotans to experience the wonders of the Adams Homestead. Photo by Christian Begeman.

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