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Experience the correlation of natural American Beauty and epic man made wonder in one of the North America's most picturesque regions in the United States. The Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota is traveled to by over 2 million visitors every year and encompasses Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park and many more attractions. With so many land marks there are plenty of things to do and see throughout the Black Hills National Forest.

The Black Hills of South Dakota experience all four seasons, which makes the natural beauty of this area breathtaking all year round. Oddly enough, the Black Hills are a series of mountains that consist of limestone, covered with pine trees, and placed in the middle of the great plains of America. The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota name "Paha Sapa" and were so-called because of their appearance from a distance, covered in trees.

Rich with natural beauty, the Black Hills National Forest is considered sacred by the Lakota Sioux Tribe, as the mountains are rich in natural remedies and provided food and shelter for their ancestors during the harsh winters. Most of the Lakota Sioux live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located southeast of the Black Hills, but the mountains of the Black Hills National Forest still carry the spiritual respect of the Lakota Sioux Tribe.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the entire Black Hills National Forest. Buffalo, deer, big horn sheep, turkeys and elk can be seen while traveling through the Hills.


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