Winter Activities the Black Hills

November 6, 2013

Winter is here with full force, and that means plenty of opportunities for fun winter activities in the Black Hills! The most famous attractions, such as Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, are open to visitors all year round. We have compiled a list of other fun winter activities in the Black Hills for you to enjoy this season while staying at our Black Hills Campground.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and allows you to enjoy the amazing rock formations from the comfort of your own vehicle. The area is inhabited by wildlife such as coyotes, birds of prey, and prairie dogs. Hike one of the many trails, stop at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, or drive the 240 Loop Road around the park.

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

This sanctuary, located near Hot Springs, is home to more than 600 wild mustangs. Be ready for spectacular views of Black Hills nature on the sanctuary’s year-round tours, or enjoy a cup of coffee from the Wild Horse Café while watching the mustangs. Stop by the visitor center and the gift shop to learn more about these wonderful creatures and purchase gifts to support the mustangs. The sanctuary is a non-profit organization and relies on support from visitors and sponsors.  


Don’t miss trying some of the delicious wines at one of the many wineries located here in the Black Hills. Naked Winery and Prairie Berry Winery, both located in Hill City, are famous for their great-tasting wines. They both offer wine tastings and other events that are perfect for both small and large groups of friends.

Journey Museum

Are you a history buff? The Journey Museum will take you on a fascinating voyage through millions of years. Witness the living history of the Black Hills, from their volcanic birth through the age of the dinosaurs, to the first humans to settle for land, the adventure of the Wild West, and the excitement of the modern era.


The Black Hills offers great opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Deer Mountain and Mystic Miner ski areas are located near Lead and both have wide varieties of trails and slopes for you and your family to enjoy. Not an experienced skier? Interested in snowboarding? Don’t worry – they also offer lessons!

Ice Fishing

The ice fishing season starts when the lakes are frozen solid - usually in December. Sheridan Lake, Pactola Reservoir, Sylvan Lake, and Deerfield are popular ice fishing lakes in the Black Hills. Sheridan Lake holds trout, yellow perch, and northern pike; Pactola holds trout; Sylvan Lake holds walleye, catfish, and bass; Deerfield holds rainbows and brookies.

Palmer Gulch lodging resort is nestled at the foot of Harney Peak in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Our family resort caters to vacations built on family fun with outdoor activities and exciting amenities for travelers of all ages. Our Black Hills lodging options feature a 62-bedroom lodge, 6 resort cabins with first-class amenities, 30 mountain cabins ranging from rustic to deluxe, and a Mt. Rushmore KOA kampground with hundreds of western South Dakota camping sites. Our KOA campground features a wide array of options for campers, from shaded tent sites and camping cabins to deluxe RV sites. Call 800-562-8503 to book your stay today!

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