We are looking forward to a busy 2019 spring and summer tourist season.  And if you are staying overnight in Hot Springs you may be surprised that we have some of the best 4 star hotel rates in the region.  Some prices are 20 - 30% lower than places north of us.  Personally I would look into Stay USA open year round at: (605-745-4411)  or Hills Inn opens in May at: (605-745-3130).  Both are locally owned, speak English and I make pickups there.  My number if you have any questions is:  (605) 891-8345.   

Birds of Spring

posted May 1, 2016, 7:49 PM by Annette Martin   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 6:14 PM by Trey Erin ]

We saw some of the first mountain bluebirds this weekend as well as some magpies and hawks.  Almost all of them seemed to be hanging around the prairie dog town.  The hawks were obviously there looking for lunch.  Not sure what was so interesting for the magpies and bluebirds, but they made for a lively crowd.

Elk out in numbers

posted Apr 23, 2016, 8:30 PM by Annette Martin   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 6:25 PM by Trey Erin ]

Pictured is part of the elk herd ranging around Rankin Ridge in Wind Cave National Park. The still-cool weather has the elk coming out earlier in the day.  This herd was seen around 5pm; later in summer, the herds are often seen just before dusk.

Signs of Spring

posted Apr 20, 2016, 5:56 PM by Annette Martin   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 6:25 PM by Trey Erin ]

The first of the bison calves are romping around.  This cute little guy kept peeking over the guard rail at me.  As a reminder to all visitors - Do not approach bison; they can be dangerous. Please stay in your car, especially around mothers with calves. 

[Video] Prairie Dog Chatting

posted Apr 10, 2016, 8:37 PM by Pastor Bill Martin   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 6:17 PM by Trey Erin ]

This little guy and about 1,000 of his friends (not pictured) like to chat and bark at the tourists who frequent his home in Wind Cave National Park.  They are fun to watch, and occasionally we will see a visiting coyote walking through their towns. 

[Video] Bison Spring Scratch at Wind Cave National Park

posted Apr 10, 2016, 8:32 PM by Pastor Bill Martin   [ updated Apr 10, 2016, 8:39 PM ]

The bison in Wind Cave National Park are gaining weight again with the Spring grasses.  They are also working on the removal of those winter coats and the extra hair and the itch that accompanies them.  Caught this guy near the entrance to the visitor center.  There have also been some reports of bison calves being born already.  Seems a bit early.  Are you ready to ride with us? 

Day Tour Available!

posted Mar 18, 2016, 6:16 PM by Pastor Bill Martin   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 6:18 PM by Trey Erin ]

The first Day Tours for 2016 have already begun. Grass is brown, wildlife is skinny and we're seeing some of the ugliest bison in years.  Just being honest. But we're having a blast. The wild burros are hungry, so if you bring some popcorn along be sure to either stay in the vehicle or prepare to be pushed around.  

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