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Explore Year Round : Winter Activities in the Black Hills

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

As fall fades into winter, the Black Hills transform into a winter wonderland, inviting adventurers and nature enthusiasts to embrace the colder season. Known for its stunning landscapes and diverse recreational opportunities, the Black Hills don't go to sleep when the snow falls. Let’s dive into some of our favorite winter activities that await in the heart of the Black Hills.

Snowy Adventures Outdoors

With its rolling hills, the Black Hills become a haven for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Terry Peak Ski Area offers thrilling slopes for both beginners and seasoned riders, promising an great day on the snow-covered mountainsides. For a slower paced adventures, trails meandering through pine forests await snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Custer State Park and Spearfish Canyon are just a couple of the many locations boasting trails perfect for exploring the winter landscape at a tranquil pace. If you need a little help learning a new outdoor activity, The Outdoor Campus West holds free educational classes for ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and more!


Zooming through snow-covered landscapes on a snowmobile is an amazing way to experience the Black Hills' winter wonderland. The extensive network of groomed trails offers access to breathtaking vistas, secluded valleys, and hidden winter wonders. Rentals and guided tours are available for all levels of riders.

Hot Springs

At the heart of Hot Springs lies Evans Plunge, one of the oldest attractions in the region. This indoor mineral water park features naturally warm spring water sourced from the surrounding hills. With pools, slides, and therapeutic mineral baths, visitors can relax and rejuvenate in the healing waters. Moccasin Springs Spa is also a must-see destination that offers a serene retreat where visitors can unwind, recharge, and indulge in therapeutic treatments and soak in the healing outdoor pools year round.

Festive Celebrations

Winter in the Black Hills isn't just about outdoor activities; it's also about community and celebration. From holiday markets and light festivals to seasonal events and live performances, there's always something happening that brings locals and visitors together in the spirit of the season. A couple things you don't want to miss out on are the 1880 Train holiday trips, Storybook Island Night of Lights, and the Holiday Sip N Shop at the Naha Shriners on Sturgis Road.

Indoor Family Fun

When the weather outside turns chilly or rainy, the Black Hills region offers an abundance of indoor activities that promise endless fun for families. Sprockets Fun Foundry in Keystone offers an arcade, VR experiences and duckpin bowling, along with a local taproom. There are a variety of museums in the area that can provide fun and education about things like dinosaurs, air and space, mining, and more! Visit Get Air trampoline park in Rapid City or Run Wild indoor playground in Piedmont to burn off some cooped up winter energy. Or hit Watiki indoor water park for a taste of tropical weather in the middle of Winter!

Wineries and Breweries

Discovering the Black Hills isn't just about breathtaking landscapes; it's also a journey into local flavors. Wineries like Prairie Berry and breweries such as Lost Cabin offer tastings in a comfortable atmosphere. Savor locally crafted wines and beers, immerse in scenic tours, and enjoy culinary pairings or vibrant events. Experience the artistry and flavors that make the Black Hills' wineries and breweries a must-visit destination for all.

Downtown Squares

Explore the heartbeat of Black Hills towns by visiting their downtown square! Main Street Square in Rapid City offers shopping, dining, and ice skating. Outlaw Square in Deadwood has a similar offering, while also bringing in big name concerts and entertainment. No matter which downtown area you visit, it is sure to bring hours of entertainment and winter fun!

Cozy Stays

After a day of snowy adventures, the Black Hills has tons of options for cozy retreats. Relax in charming cabins or lodges nestled within the Hills, offering the perfect ambiance to unwind by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or to soak in a relaxing hot tub. Check AirBnb or VRBO websites for local listings. A couple of our favorites are McGregor and Main Luxury Lofts in Hill City and The Bank Hotel in Deadwood. Even better, you are sure to find a great deal as most accommodations offer off season rates in the Winter!

The Black Hills during winter offers an amazing playground for anyone who loves adventures. From skiing and snowboarding, to wining and dining, there's something for everyone. With its beautiful landscapes and cozy towns, this region is a perfect winter destination. Whether you're seeking excitement on the slopes or quiet moments in nature, the Black Hills guarantee a memorable winter experience full of fun.

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