Highlights of South Dakota's Black Hills and Badlands
Fall and winter in the Black Hills
In fall, the slopes of the Black Hills are bathed in the gold of aspen trees. The season also brings mellow weather, smaller crowds and less expensive lodging.
In winter, snowmobiles zip through landscapes so jaw-dropping you'd swear you were in one of the great Western national parks. Terry Peak is the Midwest's highest downhill ski area, but beginners can test their skills on plenty of zippy hills, too. Or just head to the woods with a pair of rented cross-country skis and swoosh through the snow-covered pines.