Elevation: 5,360 to 5,800 feet
Length: 5.3 mile loop
Location: 13.5 miles west of Custer, South Dakota
Near Jewel Cave and passes CCC camp location
A lot of South Dakota history is part of the Badlands story. Enjoy the beauty of the landscape but take the time to research the human history of the area as well.
South Dakota Tourism is not just the Black Hills
When you think of tourism and South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is most likely the first thing that comes to mind.
The History and Prehistory of South Dakota
Dakota is derived from the Sioux Indian word for "friend."
|Area, 77,047 sq mi (199,552 sq km) - State bird: ring-necked pheasant
|State flower: pasqueflower - State tree: Black Hills spruce
Discover all that is South Dakota
Did you know that South Dakota has two of the world's longest caves? Jewel Cave is the third longest cave in the world and Wind Cave is the fifth longest cave in the world. Both of these caves reside in a limestone layer that is said to be millions of years old. That layer is called the Paha Sapa formation. Paha Sapa is a Lakota word that means hills of black or Black Hills. Did you known that there was an uplift from deep in the earth that pushed it's way though that limestone layer? That uplift was molten rock that formed granite. One of the granite formations is now the home of Mount Rushmore.
South Dakota is also the home of the Badlands and the world's only Corn Palace. The Badlands contain one of the worlds largest deposits of fossil remains.