Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills
Including the Badlands
By Laural A. Bidwell
Second Edition, June 2013
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South Dakota resident Laural A. Bidwell offers her firsthand experience and advice on Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills–including the Southern Hills, the Badlands, and Keystone. Bidwell provides unique travel strategies such as Best Hiking Trails, Viewing Wildlife, and Fossil Collecting in the Parks, Grasslands, & National Forest. With expert tips on the best dining, shopping, accommodations, and camping, Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills
Enjoy the very best of Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills with these itineraries:
- The Best of the Black Hills
- The Great Outdoors
- Family Fun
- Paha Sapa: Sacred Land
- Getting Away from It All
- High Life in the High Country
Explore what Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- Mount Rushmore and the Central Hills including Keystone, Hill City, and Rapid City
- The Southern Hills including Custer, Custer State Park, Hot Springs, and Wind Cave National Park
- The Northern Hills including Spearfish, Lead, and Deadwood
- The Badlands including Badlands National Park and Vicinity, Wall, and Pine Ridge Reservation
Laural A. Bidwell grew up in Connecticut but left the rolling hills of the East years ago for the wide-open spaces of the American West. She first lived in Colorado Springs, then moved on to Denver before finally finding her home in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Like many, Laural discovered South Dakota more by accident than on purpose: on a rambling road trip, drifting north and east across the plains, she glanced at her map and realized she was within an hour of South Dakota, a state she’d never before visited. She decided to head for the border town of Ardmore to get gas and stay the night.
Ardmore had (and still has) a population of four. There was no gas station. There was no place to stay. The dot on the map was larger than the town. Low on gas, she forged on to the next town on the map—Hot Springs—where she got gas, found a place to stay, and discovered the Black Hills. It was love at first sight: from the prairie grasslands and rolling hills of the south to the otherworldly badlands of the east to the craggy peaks and granite spires of the north, the Black Hills offer an amazing diversity of outdoor opportunities and scenic beauty.
Now living in Hot Springs and playing in the beautiful Black Hills, Laural still enjoys road trips, as well as writing and spending time with her husband, Jim; her golden retrievers, Willow and Maverick; and her cat, Spike.
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