dinosaur hill rapid city

On a hill overlooking Rapid City, dinosaurs have hanging out since the late 1930’s.  These “life sized” sculptures have been attracting people to 940 Skyline Drive for generations.  This historic roadside attraction is listed on the Register of Historic Places.

The park is operated by the City of Rapid City and admission is free.  You are able to walk among the dinosaurs and you are also treated with great views of the city and the Black Hills.  The trail is somewhat steep in places and there are stairs too – so the area may not suitable for everyone.

If you are in the area, take some time to walk with the dinosaurs.  Just to the north of the park is M Hill, miles of trails great for hiking or biking – or even a little bouldering (vegan rock is popular).

This is a perfect place to let the kids run off some energy and plan the rest of your time in Rapid City.

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Rocket Park Spearfish South Dakota

Rocket Park in Spearfish is one of our family’s favorites.  Who doesn’t love a rocket ships that you can climb and play in?

The official name of the park is Evans Park, it has a picnic shelter and more play equipment.  The park is located on the northern end of the bike trail that meanders through Spearfish.  Turn off Evans lane at Fruitdale Street and then turn right on 3rd Street and you’ll find it.

There are so many options for enjoying nature in the Spearfish area.  The Lookout Mountain Park is right in town and offer acres of trails for hiking and mountain biking.  Spearfish Canyon is just waiting for you to explore it.  The are many hiking trails and waterfalls it is easy to fall in love with the canyon.  And, if you’d like to see Spearfish from a higher vantage point – hike to the top of Crow Peak.

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photo of the South Dakota State Flower

I love signs of Spring.  And in South Dakota, finding the State Flower is a great sign of spring.  The pasque, also called pasqueflower or prairie crocus, can be found all over the state.  Hunting for it is a great reason to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Where can you find the South Dakota State Flower?  You’ll want to find areas of undisturbed ground, native soil that hasn’t been tilled or replanted.  In Western South Dakota that would mean pastures and many of the hiking trails in the Black Hills.  In Eastern South Dakota, draws and valleys are great places to begin your hunt, especially near streams and rivers.  Late March through early May is the best time of year to find them in bloom.

photo of pasque flower in Deadwood Sd

The flowers do seem to favor slopes, but you may find them anywhere.  I just love happening upon a huge patch of these little purple crocuses.  The two photos in this post are of flowers I found in Deadwood near White Rocks, which is above Mount Moriah Cemetery.

What is your favorite sign of Spring in South Dakota?

Where have you found the State Flower?

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Deadwood Mardi Gras

by Josh

Mardi Gras is one of the great parties in Deadwood.  Thousands of people gather to celebrate.  There is plenty of music and great food… and beads, lots of beads. Mardi Gras is just the start of great events in Deadwood.  Saint Patrick’s Days is soon to follow with more parades and music. Wild Bill Hickok […]

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Black Hills Vinyl

by Josh

I made my first trip to Black Hills Vinyl recently.  What a great addition to downtown Rapid City.  I just love digging through records looking for great music. It only took me a few minutes to find a couple of records that I had to have.  The selection is really great – a mix of […]

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SUP at Jenney Gulch

by Josh

I’ve got one more Black Hills Lake checked off my list to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).  My first time on my board at Pactola Reservoir was near Jenny Gulch.  This is a great place to explore on a board. In spots, you can see down into the crystal clear water 20 to 30 feet.  It […]

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Old Man’s Beard

by Josh

Usnea Lichen is found throughout the Black Hills,  it is the result of a symbiotic relationship of algae and fungus.  It is also known as Old Man’s Beard. I’d always thought is was some type of moss (like Spanish Moss), but moss is a type of plant and Usnea Lichen is not a plant.  It […]

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Deadwood Hail Storms

by Josh

Hail just seems to be a normal part of summer in the Black Hills.  It occurs frequently in Deadwood.  It certainly is fascinating to see, but doesn’t do much for my garden. Just this morning I enjoyed breakfast in the front garden hoping to catch a glimpse of the humming birds that have been enjoying […]

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2012 Sturgis Threshing Bee

by Josh

It is nearly that time of year again, time for the Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee – August 17th, 18th and 19th 2012.  It is held the third weekend of August every year.  This year’s theme is Allis Chalmers and Briggs and Stratton and I expect there will be plenty to see. Exhibits […]

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Wedding Tree

by Josh

When you are hiking to Devil’s Bathtub in Spearfish Canyon, you may happen upon an unusual site.  The wedding tree is a couple of trees growing real close to each other.  The pine tree and birch tree are growing almost on top of each other.  I’m no tree expert, but by the look of those […]

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