Black Hills Recreation:
Custer State Park is a 71,000 acre park with spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife, all within minutes of HMWE. The Park boasts several scenic drives that explore the diversity of the area, from the granite spires of Needles Highway to the elk along wildlife Loop Road.
Custer State Park Website
This park contains one of the world’s longest and most complex caves, plus 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest. The park’s mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and mountain lions.
Wind Cave Website
The Mickelson Trail is a 100 mile recreational trail that stretches the entire length of the Black Hills. Mail Route 40 is half of a mile from the trail at about the midway point of the route.
Michelson Trail Website
The Black Hills have more than one million public acres to play in. An extensive trail system has been established that literally encompasses thousands of miles of trails for hiking, biking, off-roading, and more.
SD Trails Website
Mail Route 40 is within 40 minutes of a dozen Golf Courses in the Black Hills more. Below are the links to area courses.
The Golf Club at Red Rock
Hart Ranch Golf Course
Rocky Knolls Golf Course
Southern Hills Golf Course
The Golf Club at Devils Tower
Meadowbrook Golf Course
Elk Horn Ridge Golf Course
Spearfish Country Club
Tomahawk Golf Course
Lead Country Club
Arrowhead Country Club
A short trek north on Hwy 385 will lead you right into one of the most colorful gambling towns in the West. The little burg is booming with activities including fine-dining, concerts, and gambling. The town is also a hub for activities such as biking, snowmobiling, skiing, or hiking.
Just up the road from Deadwood, Terry Peak is one of the best kept secrets in snow skiing and mountain biking. Terry Peak is an uncrowded ski area with five lifts that serve the mountain, including two high-speed quads. In the summer the area opens its chairlift and its slopes for mountain bikers.
Terry Peak Website
Mystic Miner is geographically situated to receive the most natural powder in the black hills. The snow is great and the slopes are uncrowded. Mystic is a great place to learn to ski with the wide open terrain with no worries of being lost in the crowd.
Ski Mystic Website
Just a short drive to the northwest, you will have season long access to an extensive snowmobile trail system. The trails are groomed, serviced by numerous lodges, and cover hundreds of miles in two states.
SD Trails Website
Sheridan, Pactola and Deerfield Lakes
You can be on the beach or have your boat in the water in 15 minutes. This beautiful Black Hills lake is just a short drive from HMWE, and offers boating, skiing, and fishing opportunities.
A dam on Rapid Creek has created this spectacular, deep-water lake about 20 minutes up Hwy 385. It’s surrounded by forest and offers boating, skiing, and fishing opportunities.
This lake is higher in elevation and provides great fishing opportunities. In the winter this area provides access to hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and great ice fishing.
Mt. Rushmore sits in the middle of a granite spire filled National Park, surrounded by a National Forest with unparalleled hiking and access to the wilderness.
Mt. Rushmore Website
Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain sculpture. The Memorial’s mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians.
Crazy Horse Website