Activities – Things To Do In The Black Hills!

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If you’re thinking about coming to the Black Hills in South Dakota, you’re making a great decision! The Black Hills are filled with scenic beauty and gorgeous breathtaking views – and with plenty to do in the area, there’s something for everyone at our vacation rentals.

We’ve got plenty of articles on our blog about some of the best activities in the Black Hills! Feel free to browse our other posts, or read on for some of the highlights of what’s available when you stay at Executive Lodging!

Outdoor Activities And Adventures

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, you won’t be disappointed by what you find in the Black Hills. Executive Lodging is near trailheads for the Black Hills National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, as well as Badlands National Park. You’ll be just a few hours from some of the best hiking in all of South Dakota!

Other options include bike riding on the 109-mile Mickelson Trail – and with plenty of rental bikes available, you’ll be able to take the whole family!


We’re nearby Mount Rushmore National Park, so you can enjoy one of the most historic monuments in America. And because of the Black Hills Gold Rush, there are quite a few historic mining towns and destinations throughout the Black Hills, offering tours and museums.

Other popular tourist destinations include Jewel Cave National Monument, which offers hiking trails and museums as well as tours of the third-longest cave in the world!


If you’re a skier, snowboarder, or love snowmobiling, the Black Hills is a fantastic destination. Terry Peak and Deer Mountain are both nearby, offering dozens of gorgeous trails for winter sports of all kinds.

The Black Hills also has over 350 miles of trails intended for ATVs and snowmobiles – so if you rent a snowmobile, you can enjoy plowing through powder and exploring the scenic beauty of the area in the winter! Learn more about snowmobile season here.

Motorsports And ATVs

The Black Hills and Badlands have a combined area of 1.2 million acres of off-roading areas, and 600 miles of trails groomed for UTVs, ATVs, and even four-wheeled off-roading vehicles. With plentiful rentals available, you can explore the beautiful wilderness – and have a blast while you do it!


In the warmer months, the Black Hills are a destination for golfers from around the country. Red Rock Golf Course is a top choice for visitors, and the #1 rated public golf course in all of South Dakota. The Southern Hills golf course in Hot Springs, SD is also a popular choice, with gorgeous vistas and a tightly-built, fun 18-hole course! With plenty of affordable, yet luxurious golf courses available, you’ll love golfing in the Black Hills.

Hunting & Fishing

Hunting in the Black Hills is a popular recreational activity. See the USDA Black Hills website for information on hunting in the area, and make sure that your hunting/fishing permits are in order.

The Black Hills are also home to some of the best stream fishing in all of America – with rapidly-running water and huge, beautiful fish. World-renowned as an ideal destination for trout fishing, you’ll love angling in the Black Hills – so don’t forget that fishing rod!

Start Planning Your Next Vacation In The Black Hills Today!

Take a look at some of our favorite activities in the information above – and if that’s not enough, browse the rest of our blog to see more posts about the best things to do in the Black Hills.

You’re sure to love your stay at Executive Lodging – and find the right activities for everyone in your family!