They call them the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it’s something of a secret that the Black Hills extend into Wyoming, too. Although 90 percent of the Black Hills are in South Dakota, the timbered mountains of the Black Hills National Forest do continue 10 to 40 miles beyond the South Dakota border, west into Wyoming.
And even though they are across the state line, the towns of Hulett, Moorcroft, Newcastle and Sundance are very much a part of the Black Hills “community.”
Considered "Best Little Town in the West" and just nine short miles from Devils Tower, America's first National Monument, resides the town of Hulett. With a population that tops out at 400, visitors are pleasantly surprised to find first class dining, fine artwork. Museum, and award winning accommodations. After encountering the tower, visitors appreciate the Old West oasis that is Hulett.
Sundance, "Gateway to Devils Tower," is located on I-90 in the Black Hills of Wyoming. You'll find that the Sundance area offers a world of adventure within arms length. Take a walk around Devils Tower, play a round of golf and wet a trout fly while still leaving time to take in a fine meal. Perfect for day trips — then spend your nights in beautiful Sundance with four motels, three bed & breakfasts, one campground, four restaurants, four full service fuel stations and lots of shopping with friendly people.
The village of Moorcroft sprawls along the south side of Interstate 90 at the very western edge of the Black Hills. Your first impression is likely to be the abundance of working oil wells and pronghorn antelope.
Although it's a High Plains town, Moorcroft is within a half-hour of 6,600-foot mountains of the Bear Lodge District of the Black Hills National Forest.
Settlers came from the south and the east along trails which became two major highways (US 16 & 85), intersecting in Newcastle. Cattle ranches, oil wells and coal mines, a perfect mingling of industry and agriculture, blend with the area’s past. Newcastle is a perfect area to witness America’s pioneers and the spirit that built the West.