Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park

Oh, Ranger! Guide to the Black Hills, Badlands & Mount Rushmore

September 2, 2011, 9:12 am

Our little, green Oh, Ranger! guide to the Black Hills, Badlands & Mount Rushmore highlights many of the stunning sites and adventures that await in Western South Dakota.

The region is home to one of most famous monuments in the country. Mount Rushmore depicts four prominent Presidents in America’s history. Carved into South Dakota granite; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln stare out at the surrounding region.

The South Dakota Badlands are sure to amaze all that venture to the park. The stunning reds, oranges and sand tones reveal breathtaking geology. The sharp edges of the rocks pierce the sky while prairie intertwines itself through the rugged landscape. Ironically, the originally proposed name for the Badlands was Teton.

Wind Cave and Jewel Cave offer some unique underground beauty. Jewel Cave grabbed its name from the shinning calcite crystals. Wind Cave is one of the largest and most complex known caves in the world. Both caves can be toured!

The guide also features information about Devils Tower National Monument, nearby South Dakota State Parks, inlcuding Custer State Park and Custer State Park Resort, as well as several nearby communities.

This Oh, Ranger! guide to the region was created in partnership with South Dakota’s Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association.

Pick up your free copy at the Black Hills Visitor Information Center in Rapid City, Wall Drug, and many other businesses and visitor centers throughout South Dakota.