If you have never been to the Black Hills in South Dakota, you do not know what you are missing. I lived up there for a couple of years in the 70,'s and have visited it a number of times in the last 20 years. I have a couple of friends that have never been there before so I decided to take them up there from Denver and be their tour guy.
It is only a 6 hour drive from Denver. Out trip started out on Sunday at Deadwood, great old mining town and now a town that has lots of slots machines.
Monday headed back over to Devil Tower and watch some of the climbers climbing to the top. They say the fastest time climbing it was 18 minutes but the average is 3 to 5 hours. I am not a climber at my age.
In the afternoon we headed to Keystone to be our base camp for the next 3 days. The afternoon we where at Cosmos, the place where a ball rolls up hill and water flows up hill (google it at Cosmosmysteryarea.com) The dinner out at the Red Gartar Saloon and dinner there.
The next morning was up to Mt. Rushmore for the morning and then Crazy Horse. I remember when they were working on Crazy Horse in the 70's and 90's and not sure it will be done in my life time. The afternoon was a drive up to Sylvan Lake which is beautiful and Needles Highway. My friends could not believe how narrow the road was thru the tunnel. The night found us at at the Red Gartar Saloon again with great music from a local guy.
The next morning of to Custer State park and lots of Tatanka or Buffalo. Got a close up picture like 10 feet from the car but I can not download them for some reason here in the Rain from my phone.
Next day was off to the Badlands, people say it like walking on the moon. They were taken with the views. Of course you have to go to Wall drugs and the entrance to the Badlands.
Next day, back to Denver. I ask them what they like the most and Needle highway was the number one think.