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Holidays in the Hills: Spreading Festive Cheer throughout the Black Hills

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The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here, and no, we aren’t talking about the time of year when we get to welcome visitors from all reaches of the globe to Powder House Lodge and Powder House Restaurant (we wish it was here as much as you do, though)! As our friends, family, and loved ones come together to celebrate all of the reasons why we’re thankful for one another, as well as celebrate the forthcoming New Year, there is much fun to be had all throughout the Black Hills. From festive train rides to cozy cruises through the powdery landscape of the Black Hills at its wintery peak, more memories and kindred moments await you to share with one another this holiday season. Here's our list of best winter activities in the Black Hills this holiday season.

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Your Guide to Outdoor Winter Fun in the Black Hills

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While Powder House Lodge and Powder House Restaurant close our doors for the season during the year’s chillier months, there’s a treasure trove of fun to be had in the Black Hills throughout late fall and winter. From skiing adventures to snowshoeing, there’s no limit to the excitement you’ll find waiting for you throughout the often snowy Black Hills from November through March. Not sure what to do? Keep reading this blog to get up-to-speed on the Black Hills’ best winter activities.

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Get a Leg Up on Your 2022 Vacation Planning: A Guide to Area Events

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As Powder House Lodge’s 2021 season slowly draws to a close over the next month, we’re already gearing up for another amazing season in 2022. Whether you’re planning your first trip in a couple of years or simply itching to return to the beautiful Black Hills, there’s no better time than now to get a leg up on your 2022 vacation planning.

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Black Hill's Favorite Attractions are Starting to Open for the Season!

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It’s no question that the Black Hills are full of many exciting adventures and attractions just waiting to be had. Now that the weather is warming up, places are starting to open for business! See some of our favorite places we are excited to visit this summer:

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So It’s Your First Time Climbing In The Black Hills: A How-to Guide

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When life gets boring, climb! From bouldering to true rock climbing, the Black Hills offer more rocks to climb than you could ever imagine, which is all the more reason to start planning a Black Hills vacation for you and your family and friends. Once you’re ready to start planning your getaway, Powder House Lodge will offer you an amazing place to stay and delicious food that you’ll never forget at our restaurant, but once you walk out the door to take on your big adventure, the Black Hills are your oyster!

For many of us in the Black Hills, we’ve been climbing since the moment we could walk, but for many the idea of going rock climbing can be quite daunting and can even be quite scary to think about, but why let your fears hold you back from doing something you’ll never forget? To help give you a boost of confidence, we’re here to share our sage advice on why you absolutely need to add a climbing adventure to your Black Hills vacation itinerary this Summer.


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Hiking in the Black Hills

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While the Black Hills are known for their bountiful attractions, delicious cuisine and incredible sights, many often miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to completely immerse themselves in the beautiful nature that surrounds them. Whether you’re a power-walking guru or a seasoned hiking expert, you’re certain to find trails that’ll blow your mind all throughout the Black Hills ranging from extremely easy to very difficult. Fortunately for you, a stay at the Powder House Lodge will bring you just steps away from some of the Black Hills’ most famed trails!

While choosing the right hike for you out of the abounding list of trails in the area may be difficult, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of some of our favorite hikes near Powder House Lodge in the Hill City/Keystone/Rapid City area!

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Check Out the Wineries of the Black Hills

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You’ll say ‘pinot yeah!’ on your next Black Hills vacation when you visit any one of the area’s acclaimed wineries! Whether you’re on a girl’s trip, honeymoon, or family vacay, you’ll find delectable wine pouring out of every town you visit – from Hill City to Deadwood to Sturgis, and every town in between. No matter your interest in fine wine, you’re certain to find the perfect locally handcrafted wine to satiate your taste buds and create unforgettable vino-fueled memories. Who needs Napa Valley when you could go to the Black Hills and stay in the heart of wine country at Powder House Lodge?!

To help you find the right winery to fit your taste, we’ve put together a quick guide to the area’s wineries for you to use on your next trip to the Black Hills.

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Visit the Breweries of the Black Hills

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Whether youre a connoisseur of fine craft IPAs, Stouts or Ales, or simply just want to enjoy a cold glass of beer, the Black Hills present ample opportunities to take in the best of the best with its diverse selection of breweries. Fortunately for you, when you stay at the Powder House Lodge, you’re in the heart of all of the brewing excitement – just minutes away from all of the local favorites. Check out this guide to learn more about all of the area’s best breweries!

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Top 3 Scenic Black Hills Drives

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Spearfish Falls

One of the most common remarks we hear from our guests is how beautiful the area is and how drastically it can change from one area to the next. While the Powder House Lodge &Restaurant is located in the heart of the Black Hills, we’re less than an hour away from the expansive and rolling plains of Custer and only an hour or so from the desolate beauty of the Badlands. We love hiking and biking as much as anyone else, but sometimes nothing beats taking a nice drive with the windows down and a gentle breeze blowing through your hair to really soak in the beauty of the Black Hills. Here are the top 5 scenic Black Hills drives according to our staff.

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From the Central States Fair to the Buffalo Roundup there are still plenty of outdoor family events & festivals left in the Black Hills during 2020

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End of Summer 2020 Events

Another summer is winding down and, while this summer hasn’t been a typical summer, there are still plenty of outdoor family events & festivals in the Black Hills to check out during your stay. These events are fun and family-friendly and set in the beauty of the beautiful Black Hills landscape. Check out some of these events during your stay to get a taste of local, Black Hills fun.

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9 Black Hills Attractions for Families with Young Children

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Traveling with little ones can present some challenges when planning a vacation. It can feel overwhelming trying to think of things to do with the entire family that everyone can participate in and enjoy, especially if you’re not too familiar with an area. Luckily, we’re here to point you in the direction of some great Black Hills attractions that not only offer fun activities for children ten years of age and younger, but also provide plenty of entertainment for your whole group. Add some of the following destinations to your itinerary for a vacation the family will be talking about for years to come!  


 

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Fishing in the Black Hills

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With vast lakes and clear streams chock full of fish, as well as jaw-dropping views as far as the eye can see, the Black Hills are every angler’s dream. There are several species of fish that call the area’s lakes, rivers and streams home, including rainbow, brown and brook trout, northern pike and perch, adding diversity that makes the fishing in this area fun no matter how many times you cast. Best of all, Black Hills fishing is a year-round activity that people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy, making it a great addition to any vacation itinerary. Continue reading to get in on some tips to help you in your angling adventure and get ready to make your catch!

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Rainy Day Activities in the Black Hills

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Rainy days aren’t meant to be spent gazing forlornly out of a window, wishing for the sun to peek out; on the contrary, afternoon rain showers present the opportunity to experience an area in a whole new way. Whether it’s sampling award-winning local wines or going on an adventure fit for the entire family, there are plenty of Black Hills attractions that allow you to escape the rain while enjoying unique indoor activities that make for a memorable vacation. So, if the forecast is calling for some sprinkles, don’t fret - instead, check a few of these great ways to spend an afternoon off of your list!

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3 Reasons to Plan a Spring Visit to the Black Hills

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While the Black Hills are abuzz with visitors during the summer months, the area remains a hotspot throughout the year for those seeking world-class entertainment, dining, shopping and outdoor fun. The beautiful spring months leading up to vacation season make for a particularly attractive time to visit, with blooming flowers and singing birds adding to the region’s appeal. From exploring attractions to taking part in a special Easter celebration, spring offers a unique opportunity to experience what the area has to offer in a whole new way. Read on to learn three of the many reasons you need to plan a spring Black Hills getaway!

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2020 Summer Events in the Black Hills

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No matter what time of year you visit the Black Hills, you’re sure to encounter plenty of outdoor recreation and fun for all ages and interests; however, the summer months in this area are particularly packed with gatherings and celebrations, making it the prime time for exploring all that western South Dakota has to offer. We’ve outlined some of the biggest events hitting our region in summer 2020 so you can better plan your Black Hills getaway!

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5 Legendary Figures of the Black Hills’ Wild West

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The Black Hills are not only home to jaw-dropping scenery and world-famous attractions, but they are also steeped in time-honored stories from the Wild West. During your vacation to the area, you are sure to see some of the names that are tied to this gunslingin’ era gracing building fronts and landmarks, but without a little back story, it is hard to understand the significance of their impact on the region.  Read on to learn more about some of the prominent figures from that time period who made their name known here in western South Dakota!

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Make the Most out of the Last Days of Summer

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As we head into August, it often feels like we start grasping at the last few straws that summer has to offer. We’re not sure why, but it always feels like summer went by too quickly, and that we didn’t pack enough adventure into those first two months. Well, today we’re here to show you that there is still plenty of time to get in on some warm weather fun, as we’ve outlined some of the area’s best late summer events that are taking place. Remember folks, summer doesn’t end until September 23rd!

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Father’s Day in the Black Hills

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Forget about getting the dad in your life another wacky tie or set of golf balls for Father’s Day – give him an experience he’ll always remember during your stay at the Powder House Lodge. Whether he’s a sports enthusiast or likes to get in touch with his artistic side, you’ll find the perfect dad-approved event taking place right here in the Black Hills!

Father's Day Events

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Plan Your Vacation on a Budget with These Great Black Hills Attractions

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 The Black Hills offers so many things to do and attractions to experience, budgeting your time and money is important.  We’ve come up with a list of free or nearly free Black Hills attractions that will help keep your wallet fat and your schedule full while you’re lodging near Mount Rushmore!

Mount Rushmore National Monument – America’s Shrine of Democracy is a must-see Black Hills attraction and is often the thing that brings most visitors to the beautiful Black Hills.  While entrance to Mount Rushmore is free, there is a $10 per car parking fee. Please keep in mind and be aware that this is a parking fee and not an admittance fee, so Park Passes will not be honored. However, this parking fee is good for the entire calendar year so you can come and go from the monument at your leisure, which is great if you plan on attending the lighting ceremony.  The lighting ceremony is a great way to end the day and is a must see while you are in the area. The ceremony takes place every evening during the summer months. For the 2019 season the ceremony will begin every night at 9:00 pm starting May 31st through August 11th.  As the days grow shorter, the ceremony will begin at 8:00 pm every night until the final ceremony of the season on September 30th.

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Movies Filmed in the Black Hills

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With gently rolling hills, sunsets framed by towering peaks and large,
sparkling bodies of water, the Black Hills has picture-perfect scenery around every corner. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Hollywood has used the region numerous times throughout the years to capture the rugged beauty of the Wild West. However, besides the award-winning Dances with Wolves, many have not heard of the plethora of great films that have been shot in the area. Well, we’ve done a little research in order to put together a list of movies that will help make your next movie night Black Hills-themed.

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