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Alan McConnell
17-Jun-2013, 14:44
Several years ago, (BLF - before large format) I briefly visited the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota. I'm going back there in a couple of weeks with my big camera and plenty of film. I've got places to camp reserved and a rough draft of an itinerary. Does anyone have some specific suggestions of either place that I should try to photograph?

lenser
17-Jun-2013, 15:04
Besides the Badlands, one of my favorite areas was in Spearfish Canyon west of Rapid City.

Heroique
17-Jun-2013, 15:09
The Black Hills are one of my favorite remote areas to explore by vehicle – or by foot.

The forest roads (improved & unimproved) are so many, and so endless, they diffuse driving visitors over a gigantic, beautiful area, promising a lot of solitude even if you’re on wheels.

The Black Hills are also ideally suited for cross-country hiking w/ map and compass.

Be sure to pick up a “Black Hills National Forest” road map (non-topo) from the USFS for driving, and I’d add, say, a 1:64,000 topo to the mix – and if you think it’s worth it, a few USGS quads for the greater detail of any smaller areas that might interest you.

Once you’re in the forest, I’d encourage you to just go (drive) where your instincts say. The LF images will find you no matter which direction you choose. At night, you can simply pitch your tent near your car – I’ve always avoided the designated campgrounds. Forested meadows w/ gurgling creeks and Blue-Winged Teal ponds are always close at hand. This is one of those special places that gives Paradise a run for its money.

Alan McConnell
17-Jun-2013, 17:05
Thanks Lenser. That does look interesting.

Alan McConnell
17-Jun-2013, 17:07
Good idea about the FS map.

lenser
17-Jun-2013, 21:12
Another possibility when you are done in the Black Hills....Devil's Tower is only about half a day away (just over 100 miles from Rapid City) in Northeastern Wyoming. It's an easy hike around the base with great forests and geology to shoot and the tower from a distance is incredible as is much of the river valley near the camp ground.

lenser
17-Jun-2013, 21:33
I almost forgot about the Needles Highway through the Black Hills. Incredible rock formations and vistas.

lenser
17-Jun-2013, 21:42
And if you are into touristy things, at the north end of the Badlands area is Wall Drug at Wall. SD. Something of a hoot.

Heroique
17-Jun-2013, 21:58
The Beatles sang about the Black Hills, one of their late albums I think.

Something about a Romantic betrayal, the good guy doesn't get the girl back.

My memory of the 1960’s is too hazy to recall the song, but I hear a melody.

jnantz
17-Jun-2013, 22:08
when i was there i really enjoyed sylvan lake in custer state park.
and if you like antique and classic cars ( like elvis' pink harly, a bmw isetta
and an airplane hanger full of classic pinball machines ) pioneer auto village is a lot of fun
its in murdo. have a nice trip, i kinda miss SD.

Heroique
17-Jun-2013, 22:19
...When I was there I really enjoyed Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.

Custer State Park is beautiful indeed.

Some dramatic terrain, like the Badlands.

Google is my friend: “Rocky Raccoon” is the Beatles song.

Alan McConnell
19-Jun-2013, 07:13
I've listened to that Beatles song many times. I will need to again with a different perspective. :)

Alan McConnell
19-Jun-2013, 07:15
One of the days in the Badlands, I would like to take part of the Castle Trail. Anyone have an opinion about the best approach?

Drew Wiley
19-Jun-2013, 12:23
A co-worker just returned from vacationing there. He's married to a Lakota woman, so knows the area very well. I'm extracting tips for whenever I might get into that neighborhood.

Heroique
19-Jun-2013, 13:48
Lost in the Black Hills, July, early evening. :)

You can see the remote FR skirting the pond.

Iíve pulled off a two-track and pitched a tent on this hill.

Brian Ellis
19-Jun-2013, 20:44
The Beatles sang about the Black Hills, one of their late albums I think.

Something about a Romantic betrayal, the good guy doesn't get the girl back.

My memory of the 1960ís is too hazy to recall the song, but I hear a melody.

"Rocky Racoon" from the White Album - the opening line is "Now somewhere in the black hills of South Dakota . . . "