|Dear Maralyn,The Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau brings you the second edition of Monumental News. This online publication will share top stories, newsworthy information, and updates about Rapid City and the Black Hills of South Dakota, including announcements of special events and new developments in the Rapid City area. We are always here to help! From story ideas to photos, we will show you the best of western South Dakota.
We’re Top 10 in the World! … Twice!
Hills of South Dakota as one of
world. The 109 mile trail was
honored along with rides in
France, Italy, Spain, the
Netherlands and Germany. The
Mickelson Trail is a rails-to-trails
project that follows the old
Burlington Northern rail line from
the northern Black Hills to the
||Shortly after, FoxNews
named Custer State Park, just
one hour from Rapid City, South Dakota, as one of the World’s
Top Ten Wildlife Destinations.
A herd of 1,300 buffalo roam free in the 71,000 acre-park, along
with antelope, elk, bighorn sheep,
begging burros, deer, and other
||Within Rapid City, Reptile
Gardens has one of the
world’s largest collections of
reptiles and Bear Country USA
features 20 different species of
North American mammals.
Hike of a Lifetime
||The Annual Crazy Horse
Volksmarch, a 10K or 6.2
mile hike up Crazy Horse
Memorial takes place June
1-2, 2013. Crazy Horse
Memorial, located in the
southern Black Hills of South
Dakota, just 37 miles
southwest of Rapid City, is
the world’s only mountain
carving in progress.
This Volksmarch is recorded as the most popular organized hike in the United States with approximately 15,000 walkers. This is the only time each year the public may hike to the top of the mountain carving, passing through rugged terrain and reaching roughly 6,500 feet in elevation. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch will be modified as construction on the mountain progresses and the sculpture develops into its 3-D form.
||Admission is free to the
Memorial for hikers donating
cash or three cans of food per
person to the KOTA Care &
Share Food Drive. Hikers are
welcome to visit the Crazy
Horse visitor complex without
charge. The American
Volksport Association (AVA)
assesses a $3 per person fee
to participate in the
A second Volksmarch will also be held in the fall, September 29-30, 2013 in cooperation with the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up.
|Contact us for information about Rapid City and the Black Hills’ unique and one-of-a-kind offerings. We will help with story ideas and images as well as answer any questions you may have about the area.
Michelle Thomson(CTP, CTIS, CSTP)
Tourism Sales Manager
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