Planning Your Time
Planning to tour anywhere in the Black Hills involves thinking in circles. And, for the most part, touring involves driving. In order to minimize driving time and maximize fun, it would be good to plan on at least three days in the Southern Hills.
No matter which tour strategy is selected—a base camp with day trips into different regions or a slow meander through the hills—it’s good to mix in sights and activities with the scenic.
Close to both the Southern Hills and Central Hills sights and attractions, the town of Custer and Custer State Park are both great base camp options. Plan on a minimum of two hours for each sight, three hours for each scenic route, a good five hours to hike Harney Peak, two hours for cave tours, and an evening for the Playhouse.
Throw in time for picnics, hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, or swimming, and it’s easy to see that 3–5 days can easily and happily be spent in this region.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition