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Lyndy Ireland is the sixth-generation owner of the Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast working ranch, which is located just outside Badlands National Park. The main home, built by Lyndy’s great-grandparents, proudly boasts a four-bedroom house – renovated by Lyndy and her husband, Kenny – a separate bunkhouse and a new cabin.

Lyndy and her daughter are the friendly faces guests will see at the ranch as they prepare a warm breakfast before guests set out on a day of hiking or exploring the ranch and petting the animals. As her 28th year as owner approaches, Lyndy says her passion for hospitality is stronger than ever. She enjoys welcoming guests from all over the world and sharing her family’s story along with learning about the visitors themselves. One thing is for certain: You will leave feeling much more like family than a guest.

Lyndy Ireland is the sixth-generation owner of the Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast, a working ranch where you will come as a guest and leave feeling like family. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Del Iron Cloud is an accomplished acrylic and watercolor artist who brings vibrant Native American scenes to life, drawing inspiration from historic books and the local environment. Del’s artistic journey began at a young age when he created his first mural on the backside of his grandmother’s door with crayons – a race car scene that, unfortunately, had to be scrubbed off.

Throughout school, Del’s passion for art flourished with the encouragement of peers and a teacher who introduced him to the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe. However, after two years, Del realized the contemporary focus of the school didn’t align with his love for realism, a style rooted in his admiration for artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci. He then pursued his art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

While in Chicago, Del enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam. His artistic talent didn’t go unnoticed, leading to opportunities within the Air Force to create murals throughout the building.

Today, Del creates from a studio space in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Visitors can meet him during the summer, watch him create and browse his artwork displayed throughout the store.

You can watch Del Iron Cloud create his acrylic and watercolor masterpieces at his studio space in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch (Custer), June 1 & October 1

Hike up the mountain to stand face-to-face with Crazy Horse! The volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States, welcoming nearly 15,000 hikers.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant (De Smet), July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21

The annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet is an outdoor theater experience celebrating the Ingalls family and De Smet’s early history.

Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Sturgis) , August 2-11

It’s biker heaven! Each year since 1937, Sturgis’ Main Street becomes a sea of motorcycles, leather and, of course, people.

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival (Custer), September 27

The ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls and park crews saddle up to bring in the thundering herd. Adding to the weekend’s festivities is the annual Arts Festival, held Thursday through Saturday adjacent to the State Game Lodge.

25th Anniversary of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (Philip)

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, located just minutes from Badlands National Park. The site protects two facilities that were once part of a Minuteman Missile field that covered the far western portion of South Dakota.

It’s biker heaven! Each year since 1937, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally turns Sturgis’ Main Street into a sea of motorcycles, leather and, of course, people. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Rapid City, South Dakota, offers a wealth of unique events providing visitors with a diverse and unforgettable experience. Discover the heart of the Black Hills by attending one of the many iconic events in the area!

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo is a 10-day extravaganza that showcases the state’s official sport of rodeo in grand style. With over 300 vendors, nonstop rodeo action and a lively beer festival, it offers something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned cowboy or a newcomer, the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo promises 10 days of fun and entertainment.

Black Hills Powwow

Every October, vibrant Native American culture is celebrated at the Black Hills Powwow, which ranks as one of the nation’s largest powwows. This event unites dancers, singers, artisans and spectators from all over. First time attending a powwow? Learn the meaning of the movements here, or RSVP to attend the Wacipi 101 classes offered at the event.

Vibrant Native American culture is celebrated each October at the Black Hills Powwow, one of the nation’s largest powwows. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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A unique and exciting event in the Great American West is South Dakota’s Indian Horse Relay Races! Leading riders and teams from seven Nations covering Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming and Canada battle it out on the racetrack.

Indian relays began approximately 400 years ago, when the sacred horse was introduced to the Plains. Today’s Indian Relay competition is an organized sport with governing associations, rules and prize money. Races are broken into heats, with four to six teams lined up on a racetrack. Each team has three horses, one rider, two horse holders and a horse mugger. The mugger is responsible for catching incoming horses in between exchanges, while the holders calm the horses before and after runs.

You can find an annual tour of Indian Relays organized by the Horse Nation Indian Relay Council (HNIRC), headquartered in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

2023 Schedule:

  • May 20-21 (Fort Pierre, South Dakota)
  • June 24-25 (Crow Agency, Montana)
  • July 29-30 (Evanston, Wyoming)
  • August 5-6, 2023 (Pine Ridge, South Dakota)
  • August 12 -13, 2023 (Lower Brule, South Dakota)
  • August 18-20 (Crow Agency, Montana)
  • September 22-24 (Casper, Wyoming)

Check back here for the 2024 event schedule.

Indian relays began approximately 400 years ago, when the sacred horse was introduced to the Plains. Today’s Indian Relay competition is an organized sport with governing associations, rules and prize money. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Embark on a captivating journey through the rich history of the area, shaped by the Black Hills Gold Rush. Discover how gold was discovered in 1874, igniting a population surge of gold hunters and mining camps. Today, you can still experience this rush by visiting various sites in the Rapid City area that showcase the profound impact it had on the region.

Start your gold rush experience at the Journey Museum & Learning Center, where you’ll explore exhibits on geology, pioneer history, and how the gold rush impacted the Lakota people. Witness the creation of Black Hills Gold jewelry with a tour at the Mount Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory, where artisans are still handcrafting Black Hills Gold into iconic grape leaf designs.

Discover the underground wonders of the area at Black Hills Caverns with a guided tour and try your hand at gemstone mining. Or follow the historic Rockerville Flume trail, which weaves you through stunning views and into historic tunnels, and reveals pieces of the remaining flume used during the mining boom of the 1880s.

Discover the underground wonders of the Rapid City area at Black Hills Caverns with a guided tour and try your hand at gemstone mining. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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An epic tale of survival and revenge, the early 2016 film “The Revenant” tells the story of frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). Glass was a trapper in South Dakota, where he was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead by his companions. Fueled by revenge and the will to survive, he crawled for six weeks to the nearest settlement, Fort Kiowa, near present-day Chamberlain.

Today, you can follow the route Glass took through the South Dakota wilderness and be amazed just how he lived to tell the tale.

Start your journey in the northern South Dakota town of Lemmon. You can almost hear the roar while looking at renowned artist John Lopez’s sculpture in the Grand River Museum. Lopez used scrap metal to recreate the battle between Hugh Glass and a grizzly bear. Want to know more? Just head to Lopez’s studio in downtown Lemmon. Not only can you see more of Lopez’s work, you’re also likely to catch the sculptor himself at work.

For other famous South Dakota Films such as “Into the Wild,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Armageddon” and “Hidalgo,” visit https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/shows-films-shot-south-dakota.

You can follow the South Dakota route taken by trapper Hugh Glass, the inspiration for the 2016 film “The Revanant,” who was mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Discover the great Western town experience of Fort Hays Town Square in Rapid City, South Dakota, made famous by a free tour of an iconic film set. “Dances with Wolves” is an American epic Western film first released in 1990 starring recognizable names like Kevin Costner and Graham Greene. Visitors to Fort Hays can see the original buildings used in the movie inside the South Dakota Movie Museum, which includes remnants of more than 50 other movies filmed in South Dakota.

This self-guided tour includes visiting artisans creating handmade tools, ropes, bricks, tin plates and knives, and even panning for Black Hills Gold at the Gem Shop. Be sure to explore it all, including the view you can find overlooking Black Hills National Forest and all the photo-worthy moments in between.

Fort Hays is also home to Mount Rushmore Tour Company, featuring sightseeing packages to top attractions in the Black Hills like Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and Needles Highway. The Fort Hays season runs mid-May through the beginning of October. Whether you’re a fan of the Old West, scenic tours or even just Kevin Costner himself, there’s lots to love about a visit to Fort Hays.

Visitors to Rapid City, South Dakota, can experience an Old West town at Fort Hays, which features artisans and panning for gold in addition to the South Dakota Movie Museum. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

For more information on Rapid City, visit VisitRapidCity.com.