While traveling in South Dakota, I visited one of the Custer National Forest areas, separate from the main area in Montana. Roaming bison, antelope and scenic landscapes filled my time in the national forest. Sadly, I have no explanation for my complete lack of photographs from visiting.
I have included hikes and places from both the Montana and South Dakota regions below.
Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
- Beartooth Scenic Byway – this 68 mile drive is claimed as one of America’s most beautiful highways. The road is closed during winter when snow takes over.
- Capitol Rock – stunning butte standing tall in the prairie.
- Diamond Butte Lookout – open for reservations during non active fire months. This rustic cabin is on top of a 30 foot tower, offering amazing views.
- Historic Main Boulder Ranger Station – one of the oldest facilities still standing in the Forest Service System.
- Palisade Falls Trailhead – an easy half mile trail with views of Palisade Falls.
Tell me all about your favorite places to visit and explore in the comments below!