Looking to do something FUN to chase away the winter blues and blahs?
Then try Black Hills snowmobiling!
Black Hills Snowmobiling, for some locals, is the ultimate in Black Hills snow fun! It feeds the need for speed, and is a lot less strenuous that skiing at Terry Peak.
With unlimited off trail riding of 1.2 million acres of pristine forested land and almost 350 miles of groomed trails to follow, you can see why the Black Hills is a popular snowmobiling destination for snow fun enthusiasts! After a good snow in the upper hills, you can expect to see trailered snowmobiles rolling down the interstate loaded up with snowmobiles, and heading for the hills trails.
You have a rare opportunity to see our wildlife on these back beaten paths. Most of our wildlife stays out year round (NO bears here to hibernate) and in the stillness and quite of these back trails, where there are no cars and people can be rarely found, you can encounter eagles, owls, turkeys, deer, sheep, and if you are really lucky like the snowmobilers in December 2013, MOUNTAIN LIONS!
Recently, a story was reported in our local newspaper (Rapid City Journal) about a rare animal encounter. Several Black Hills snowmobilers were riding in a remote area by spearfish, when a mountain lion chasing a deer tumbled into them. Literally.
I do not know how long the story will be up, but here is the link so you can read it yourself.
I can only imagine seeing something like that live, wow!
If you don't have your own snow machine, but are looking for a good time anyways, then look into renting a snowmobile for a day, or longer!
Several Black Hills businesses rent out snowmobiles, all you need is an adventurous spirit and some cold hard cash. =)
Spearfish Canyon Lodge in the gorgeous Spearfish Canyon is probably one of the nicest places to stay and snowmobile. They offer half day, and full day rentals. If you are looking for something longer (and maybe romantic) they offer snowmobiling packages which include lodging, cocktails and snowmobile rentals all in one.
You can find out more about the package deal here.
South Dakota has Black Hills snowmobiling fun down to a science too. Between the groomed trails, designated parking areas, warming shelters and lookouts and the on trail businesses open to warm up both your tanks, well, you are all set for a good time!
To get detailed and up to date information on the trails snow depth and overall conditions, you can go to the States website , or you can call 1-800-445-3474.
You can also obtain a free of charge hard copy of the trails map by contacting the State by phone or by website (info link above). The trails map and all other info about licensing requirements and fees and charges can be found on the website too.
Want more Black Hills Snow fun ideas? Then check out what a snow fun day at Terry Peak looks like, we have 2 ski slopes in the Lead Deadwood area...more
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