Black Hills National Forest


Our venturing through and around the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota has been a wonderful adventure.  It is quite gorgeous every where we drive, no matter the direction!

Here are some of my favorites from the last couple weeks taken within the Black Hills.


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The name “Black Hills” comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which mean “hills that are black”.  Seen from a distance, these ponderosa pine-covered hills appear black.


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It is from the surrounding prairies the Black Hills rise.


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The Black Hills National Forest straddles between western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming and consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains.


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A peek at Sylvan Lake with dramatic sky
(I had to crop out the ugly road guardrail at bottom of shot)


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Pactola Reservoir


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Pactola Reservoir another day


As you can see, I loved taking our scenic drives on partly cloudy days.


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I am guessing I’ll be sharing more landscape photos of the Black Hills National Forest….I’ve got one more folder that I’ve not looked at yet….and tomorrow we’re going cruising again.  🙂


31 thoughts on “Black Hills National Forest

  1. Very rugged with a mix of rolling meadows-very beautiful. Pactola is turquoise, I guess depending on the silt and the light. Yes, I understand about cropping out those guardrails. South Dakota is nice country, thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Barbara! It’s like another world from the east coast and its congested & humidity! The temps have been awesome here, and for sure, I do love looking at those clouds in the big sky. It’s to be partly cloudy again today so we’re going on another scenic drive. 🙂

  2. What a beautiful part of our country! Thanks so much for sharing with ‘armchair’ travelers. I don’t know the temperatures but it looks cool and dry in your photos.

    • Thank you, Susan, glad you’re enjoying the ride! 🙂 The temps have been in the mid 80’s to mid 90’s but it certainly feels a whole lot better than those temps in the mid-Atlantic with no humidity. We are enjoying it a lot!!

  3. What a beautiful area, thank you for sharing your lovely photos. And I love that pic of Sylvan Lake with those amazing clouds!

    • It is a pretty area with lots of beauty to see. Unfortunately, not easy to bird or find too many species. Unless I’m just not looking in the right places. 🤔 But I’m loving the other wildlife for sure!

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