Photography | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
Photography | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota
Photography

Opportunities at every turn

Photography | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota
Photography

Opportunities at every turn

Photography | Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota
Photography

Opportunities at every turn

If it’s photo opportunities you want, you’ll hit the jackpot in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.

If you’re hoping to shoot wildlife, bring a zoom lens to capture their magnificence up close and personal. Keep a safe distance when photographing these wild creatures, as they tend to become aggressive if they feel threatened. Patience is the key for capturing that perfect wildlife shot.

Home to seven National Parks, monuments, memorials, forests, grasslands and many State Parks and recreation areas, there’s no shortage of breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife to photograph year-round. Scenic byways and wildlife loops offer panoramic vistas of our great outdoors.

Keep your camera loaded and ready at all times. You’ll find yourself wanting to stop at every turn because there no doubt will be a Kodak moment just ahead. Something as simple as a hike or bicycle trek along the 109-mile Mickelson Trail can provide you with postcard photographic moments.

Some of the most photographed areas in the Black Hills are Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Monument, the 70-mile Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway which includes the cathedral spires along Needles Highway (SD 87), Iron Mountain Road (US 16A), Horse Thief Road (SD 244) and Sylvan Lake Road (SD 89). There’s also Spearfish Canyon and Roughlock Falls, Devils Tower National Monument and Badlands National Park.

On the Peter Norbeck drive alone, you’ll find picturesque lakes, towering granite formations, six picture-perfect tunnels, tight hairpin curves, spiral “pigtail” bridges, and the wildlife ranges of Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, Black Elk National Wilderness Area and Custer State Park. There are many photo stops along this popular route.