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Outdoors

A bull elk bugles in Wind Cave National Park. Photo by South Dakota Tourism.

Nature's Buglers


While in the Black Hills this month, listen as bull elk make one of nature's most distinctive sounds.

Mystic Mountain Run

July 20, 2012
Western South Dakota's longest-running race still challenges runners over 40 years after its inception.

The hill country surrounding Cottonwood Slough in northeast South Dakota is sparsely populated.

The Cottonwood Slough


Roberts County's 5,400-acre stretch of lakes, marshes and potholes is a natural treasure.

Gray wolf photo by Tracy Brooks/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

South Dakota's Killer Wolf


One of South Dakota's most cunning and bloodthirsty outlaws terrorized Harding County on four legs.

Boundary Walker


In his eighties, Emmett Bennett climbed the highest peaks in 12 states, biked across two states, and set new records in five Senior Olympic events. To unwind, he walked the borders of South Dakota.

The Hidewood


This range of hills between Estelline and Clear Lake hides a colorful history.

Wild and Civilized


Do wild horses have a civilization? The question arose when Bernie Hunhoff visited a herd of mustangs on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

The Island Mesa


Author Mike Randall explores a landscape full of spirits in Harding County.

The Missouri: A Strong Brown God?


Old-timers are comparing this year's disaster to 1952, when the river experienced a "spring rise" in April that caused a frenzy of rescue efforts somewhat like we've experienced this year.

Nine Mile Lake


Shaped by glaciers. Rounded by time. Preserved by the people of Marshall County.

The Old Swimming Hole


Warm water and rare plants make Cascade Falls a unique place to take a dip.  

Working Dogs


Children are fewer and hired hands are hard to find, but a South Dakota rancher can always depend on a stockdog.

Eating Wild Cactus


Wild plants like the prickly pear cactus have served many purposes.

Exploring Gilley's Grove


History and unique plants highlight this Brookings County treasure. 

The Roghairs

The Last Chokecherry Picking


Who knew picking chokecherries could be so dangerous?

Biking the High Country


Mountains and bicycling don’t always go hand-in-hand. Many mountain ranges are too steep, too cold, too hot, too wild or too isolated for two-wheeling.

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