The Black Hills rise several thousand feet above the prairie. Their deep blue lakes and rugged rock formations were sacred to the Western Sioux, as well as the Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Arapaho. It was Colonel Custer himself who discovered gold in the Black Hills in 1874 which quickly led to the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The best way to learn about this historic and fascinating place is to bike the Mickelson Trail, a converted rail trail that runs through the heart of the Black Hills. The surface of the trial is crushed stone and the route uses tunnels, trestles, and bridges to curve through mountain meadows and ponderosa pines on the way to visit both Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.
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