Wildlife, Parks, Art, History, Culture, Museums
Endless opportunities for sightseers!
Badland’s National Park
Colorful and rugged, the Badlands National Park located in southwestern South Dakota is 244,000 acres of amazing spires, eroded buttes, pinnacles and grass prairie.
It is managed by the National Park Service and is the largest undisturbed grass prairie in the United States
The wilderness area protects many endangered animals and the park contains one of the world’s richest fossil beds.
Drive through, hike or camp, you are sure to enjoy wildlife and the scenery with its stunning sharp, jagged peaks and valleys.
People travel from all over the world to bask in the beauty of the badlands.
Come see for yourself.
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Since the late 1950s, 281 species of birds have been recorded at the refuge.
It serves as an important staging area for migrating Canada geese, other waterfowl, sandhill cranes, shorebirds, and neotropical migrant birds.
Tens of thousands of ducks and geese, and approximately 100 trumpeter swans winter at the refuge each year.
The endangered whooping crane and the threatened bald eagle live in the area
Hunting and fishing allowed in designated areas.
Other raptors such as the red-tailed hawk, Swainson's hawk, northern harrier, American kestrel, great horned owl, and golden eagle can be seen.
The refuge hosts one of the only two nesting colonies of American white pelicans (approximately 3,000 birds) within South Dakota.
It provides a variety of habitats for resident and migrant wildlife such as the ring-necked pheasant, pronghorn antelope, white-tailed deer, mule deer, coyote, and badger.
Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge is over 16,000 acres of wetlands located 12 miles southeast of Martin, South Dakota.
Native American Culture
The Native American Reservations are abounding in culture.
Dakota is a Native American word meaning “friends, allies” and a friendly reception is exactly what you can expect when you visit the area.
We are surrounded on three sides by the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations so be sure to experience the heritage.
Authentic arts and craft traditions are still practiced by many Native Americans.
Wounded Knee mass burial site located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a National Historic Landmark.
The Heritage Center residing on campus of Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the earliest cultural centers and museums featuring art, education, culture and history. It is home to 10,000 pieces of Native American contemporary and historical Lakota art.
The Red Cloud Indian Art Show welcomes nearly 200 artists, both seasoned professionals and emerging young artists, to showcase their work each year.
Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum on the Rosebud Reservation is designed to educate both locals and visitors about Lakota history, traditions and culture. It is an important resource for historians, ethnographers, anthropologists, and artists.
Attend powwows, Sun Dances, museums, art and cultural exhibits, fairs, rodeos, historical sites and be sure to visit with the people themselves.
Oyate Trail, meaning well-traveled road of nations in the Lakota language, is a unique alternative to off the interstate travelers.
The trail, off the beaten path, offers a wealth of unique cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian and European Immigrants.
The Oyate Trail is a 395 mile stretch of highway from North Sioux City to Hot Springs.
Bowring Ranch State Historical Park
The Bowring Ranch is reminiscent of a turn of the century working cattle ranch.
The ranch house and outbuildings are preserved open to the public.
The endangered whooping crane and the threatened bald eagle live in the area.
The ranch house displays antiques and memorabilia from the Bowring’s extraordinary political careers.
The visitor center contains history on ranching, homesteading, geology, wildlife and many other areas related to the Sandhills and Bowrings.
It’s a great opportunity to see ranch life as it was in the turn of the 20th century.
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