These State Parks Offer the Natural Splendor of National Parks Without the Crowds

Across the U.S., there are more than 10,000 designated state parks, spanning an astounding 18 million acres. Within their borders, travelers find landscapes every bit as dramatic as national parks—from the 70-foot wind-sculpted sand dunes of Monahans Sandhills State Park in West Texas to the needle-like granite formations of Custer State Park in the beautiful […]

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Round ‘Em Up: The Ground Rumbles & The Dust Flies

In 1956 a small herd of bison was reintroduced into the park and has grown and has grown to the point where it has to be carefully managed. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls, and park crews drive the thundering herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Up to 20 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls are selected […]

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South Dakota: Fly Over State? Not a Chance!

South Dakota gets a bad rap as a flyover state. An often overlooked travel destination, South Dakota is a land of breathtaking scenic beauty. Here’s the thing, visit South Dakota once and the place SELLS ITSELF. Much more than just the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Badlands, SoDak is the most […]

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Black Hills: Step Back in Time to the Wild West

An isolated mountain range located in the western edge of South Dakota, the Black Hills is full of scenery, rich history, and tons of family fun. Nestled among the prairies of the upper-Midwest, you’ll find majestic granite spires, pine covered peaks, and unique rock outcroppings. While discovering off-the-beaten-path treasures, the inherent thread of Wild West […]

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