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Monday, August 31, 2015

Black Hills and Custer State Park

Aloha Everyone,

The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota word describing dark appearance of hills from a distance because of dense forest.

The Black Hills are a small but important mountain range located in western South Dakota and extends into Wyoming. Some of the top attractions in the Black Hills include: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Memorial and in Wyoming, Devils Tower National Monument.

Custer State Park has been voted as one of the top 10 state parks in the nation. It is also one of the largest state parks comprising of 71,000 acres offering hiking trails, game fishing, scenic drives, lodging and camping.

There are 13 camping sites including ones with modern amenities with full-hook-ups, cabins and a horse camp for campers with horses, as well as a few primitive camping sites.

The annual pass which we paid $30 allows us to access all South Dakota state parks. Camping fees are separate and varies on sites and services. We are paying $26.50 per day for our site with electrical hookup. The cost is inclusive of the use of bathroom and shower facilities.

Exterior shot of the shower and toilet facilities

Inside shower and toilet facilities

Meeting room for evening talks and special presentations

Aloha -- Cathi