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Outdoors

The Joys of Cactus


Though few consider South Dakota a cactus state, residents may be surprised to learn the prickly plants can found almost everywhere. Photo by Chad Coppess/S.D. Tourism

Dakota Skies


Where the universe opens its arms in welcome to those willing to take the time to notice. Photo by John Mitchell.

Prairie Isn’t Prairie Without Sky


Why one needs the other, and why man needs both. Photo by Greg Latza.

High Mountain Gardening


How a rocky Black Hills slope blossoms under a hand that works with nature.

Coldlands Beauty


Photographer Carl Johnson explores the Badlands in winter.

Rails to Trails


After a dozen years of work and early opposition, an old railroad line became the Mickelson Trail.

The Burnt Hills


Along the Missouri, near the mouth of the White River, are smoking hills that explorers thought might be South Dakota volcanoes.

Opening Day


Pheasants and fellowship fill the air as the season begins October 15.

Saving Our Native Prairie


After 150 years of plowing, just 2 percent of the tallgrass prairie that once dominated eastern South Dakota remains.

If You Live Long Enough


Crow Peak’s present is devastating, but its future could be bright.

Changing Pace


Kayaking Black Hills lakes can be life changing.

A Nature Hike Without Solitude


The Crazy Horse Volksmarch has grown to become America’s most popular hike.

The Old Growth Pines


How ancient Black Hills trees reveal our natural history. Photo by Stephen Gassman.

Our Centennial Trail


An experienced hiker ranks the 111-mile path through South Dakota’s mountainous pine forest as one of America’s finest long distance trails.

Halverson’s Skies


A Lyman County farmer’s photography captures night heavens.

Snow Birds

November 23, 2015
The first major snowstorm of the season hit the midwest on Friday. Photos by Christian Begeman.

Searching For Color


Six photographers tell us where they find their favorite fall foliage shots.

Looking Up


South Dakota’s skies, among the darkest in the country, are a stargazer’s delight. Photo by Christian Begeman.

Can We Save The Big Sioux?


Development imperils one of our prized waterways, but farmers and river rats are cooperating to make it safer for man and fish. Photo by Greg Latza.

On Target


Yankton took a shot at becoming an archery mecca — and hit the bull’s-eye. 

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