High in the Black Hills, surrounded by Ponderosa pine forests, meandering trout streams and magnificent mountain meadows, is one of South Dakota's most memorable communities — Lead. We pronounce it as "Leed."
South Dakota's Outdoor Recreation Capital — home to two major downhill ski area; southern gateway to Spearfish Canyon; direct access to Mickelson Trail; 300 miles of groom snowmobile trails; miles of cross-country ski trails; mountain climbing; hunting; fishing and golfing.
Activities For Everyone
Daylight hours offer hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hunting or fishing in spring, summer or fall. In winter, 7,000-foot peaks and crisp mountain air greet guests at Deer Mountain and Terry Peak ski resorts. Snowmobilers enjoy 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, while cross-country skiers explore a limitless sea of white. Hotels, B&Bs, numerous restaurants, unique shops, private attractions, parks and fun-filled museums allow visitors to savor the rich historical treasures of the area.
Home to the most powder accumulation in the Black Hills of SD, averaging over 200 inches of annual snowfall and the Black Hills' most family friendly resort! A winter attraction for all, Zero Gravity Tube Park. The most diverse ski terrain the Black Hills has to offer. Groomed trails, powder-runs, glade-runs and wide open slopes, we have it!
On Main Street in Lead, the Black Hills Mining Museum, the Official Mining Museum of South Dakota, is dedicated to the thousands of hard working men and women who were responsible for the rich 130-year history of mining in the area.
The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center is a modern and dramatic facility providing public outreach for the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory as well as interpretation of the history and cultural context of the City of Lead, the Homestake gold mine, and the new, underground Lab.
Experience the “Best Kept Secret” in the Midwest. Terry Peak Ski Area offers a 1,100 ft. vertical, three high–speed quad lifts & one triple chairlift as well as a covered snow-carpet accessing 29 trails. Check out the huge variety of terrain including a progressive Terrain Park. Rentals & lessons are available on site.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 (All day)
Celebrate the annual official opening of the Black Hills summer trail system!
Friday, June 23, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, June 25, 2017 (All day)
Prime Total Archery Challenge fueled by MTN OPS is coming to Terry Peak Ski Area! Bringing you the worlds greatest outdoor 3D archery experience in the nation.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 (All day)
The SNOW JAM point series consists of cross-country ski, fat tire bike, and snowshoe races set up throughout the northern Black Hills.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 (All day)
In addition to the skiing and snowmobiling events, WinterFest Snow Jam includes fat tire racing, tubing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, photo contest, a bonfire, parade, and fireworks.
Things to See & Do
When you vacation in the northern Black Hills, you will be surrounded by an area synonymous with great stories of the gold rush and old west.
You will visit the haunts of such legendary figures as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as well as many other locations in the gaming town of Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark. This region is rich with Black Hills history.
Deer Mountain features over 400 acres of skiing and 50+ trails with a 1,000-foot vertical drop. Deer Mountain is operated by Ski Mystic Deer Mountain.
Stretching 109 miles from Deadwood in the north to Edgemont in the southwest, the Mickelson Trail has become known far and wide for the highquality bicycling it offers.
With a surface of primarily crushed limestone and gravel, the trail currently has 15 trailheads which all offer parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets and tables. Most of the grades are gradual and gentle, with none exceeding four percent. Portions of the trail are considered strenuous.
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
Places to Stay
Relax in our newly renovated hotel! We welcome families & groups. After a long day of exploring, come back & unwind in one of our 3 outdoor hot tubs. Enjoy a beer or wine in our lounge & a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning. Close to ATV/snowmobile trails & historic Main St. in Lead.
Places to Eat
Nestled in beautiful scenic Spearfish Canyon on scenic Hwy 14A, the Latchstring has long been a "rustic landmark, a legacy of warm hospitality, good food and breathtaking scenery." Banquet and conference facilities available for up to 150 people. The area's premium wedding spot. 3-Diamond AAA. Open year-round.