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September 24, 2013
From journal Family Vacation in the Black Hills
July 22, 2012
From journal More Than Just Badlands
ashbourne, United Kingdom
January 31, 2012
From journal Meeting up in South Dakota
August 1, 2011
From journal Journey to the Old Way of Life in South Dakota
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
August 26, 2007
From journal My Black Hills
Deadwood, South Dakota
March 31, 2008
by Noel F.
July 9, 2007
From journal 4th of July in the Black Hills
September 6, 2006
About halfway around the loop, we came upon the Wildlife Station Visitor Center, and they told us exactly where to go to see them, and there were literally hundreds of them, and close by to the road. We watched them for a long time, and we were fascinated about the amount of noise they were making!
On our way back we stopped at the Blue Bell Lodge, and while we were deciding what we were going to do next on this hot, hot day, a very friendly man there brought us all ice water in paper coffee cups. We ended up going across the street to the little store there and got ice-cream treats. We thought about doing the chuckwagon show there, but decided to try another one. There are a lot of things to do in Custer that we will have to try – next time – like horseback riding, hiking, biking, boating, and a buffalo Jeep safari ride.
From journal Summer Vacation, Part One: South Dakota
May 19, 2006
From journal South Dakota: Land of Plenty
September 5, 2005
We started with a tour of the Needles Highway, which was fantastic! It’s a 14-mile scenic road that takes you through pine forests and granite mountains. Some rocks had tunnels built in them so one car could pass through. At one parking area, once you left the car you realized how huge these granite stones are! My son thought it was cool; he said it was like we were on another planet.
We drove through the wildlife loop and saw wild turkeys, pronghorn antelope, deer, and bison. There are 1500 bison in the park, and we saw a herd of about 300 just as we were coming up over a hill. It was awesome! We stayed in our car and took a lot of photos. A huge bull walked right in front of our car and stared us down to let us know that he was the boss. It was very intimidating! We couldn’t drive away for about a half-hour, since the bison were crossing the street, but it was a wonderful sight to see.
We had read in a tourist brochure that there were "Begging Burros" in the park and they were the only wildlife you were allowed to feed, so we purchased some carrots in case we saw them. Just before we exited the park, we noticed three donkeys on the side of the road. A car had stopped and was feeding the donkeys Sun Chips, which they seemed to be enjoying until they saw the carrots in my husband’s hand and made a beeline straight to the carrots. The donkeys were mild-mannered and let us pet them. They had just finished the last carrot and we heard a loud braying noise from across the field. We looked up and saw about 20 donkeys. As soon as the three donkeys heard the call to come home, they turned and headed off to meet with the rest of their family.
We drove by the Black Hills Playhouse and wished we had time to see a play there. There are campgrounds, lodges, and lakes in the park, so there would be plenty to do for a week’s visit.
We enjoyed our short stay here and would love to visit again when we have more time.
There is a $12.00 fee to enter the park.
From journal Summer week in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota