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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.

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.

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.

Jodi Latza enjoys the darkness atop boulders at Sylvan Lake. Photos by Greg Latza.

Let There Be Less Light

Rancher and writer Linda Hasselstrom revels in the dark of night.

Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Winternight Blossoms

All is not as it seems in the cold darkness of a winter night in South Dakota.

Photo by Chad Coppess of SD Tourism.

Close Encounter at Choteau Creek

Roger Wiltz got more than he bargained for when he searched for a big buck after a fierce Charles Mix County blizzard.

Photo by Chad Coppess of SD Tourism.

Big Shots

October 16, 2013
Pheasants lured these famous folks to South Dakota.

Photo by Chad Coppess of SD Tourism.

Fly-fishing in the Black Hills

September 11, 2013
Catching memories at Pactola Dam.

Photo by Doug Jorgensen.

A Bad Rap for the Red Fox

May 20, 2013
These cunning hunters can be found all over South Dakota.

It will never be known for sure if Denny Jensen plucked the right three stones from an old rock pile, but the placement of these three evokes the star-crossed lovers of Arikara legend.

Pollock's Three Stone Idols

A group of Campbell County stones tell an old Arikara love story.

Black Elk Wilderness Area, named after the
Oglala Sioux Holy Man, was designated a
wilderness area in 1980. It encompasses
10,700 acres, including Harney Peak, highest
point east of the Rockies, which rises 7,242 feet
from the Wilderness center. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Quiet, Beauty and Snow

Black Elk Wilderness Area visitors feel perched between heaven and earth at this sacred Lakota spot in the heart of the Black Hills.

Mallards were the prize one bitterly cold day in Jerauld County. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Old Timer On Skates Outshoots Them All

October 23, 2012
A Wessington Springs duck hunt turned fowl when a wily "hunter" arrived on the ice.

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