1. Custer State Park, Custer
General George Custer has gone from hero to scoundrel in the history books, but his namesake park is a top conservation and wildlife destination. One of the country’s largest American Bison herds roams here. Stop by any time and watch bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, wild turkeys, elk and burros.
2. Bear Butte State Park, Sturgis
This is a sacred place to many Native American people, particularly the Lakota. As you climb the trail up the mountain, (Mato Paha, in Lakota), don’t disturb the strips of cloth and other prayer offerings tied to the trees. For the full story, start at the Education Center, which can teach even the totally ignorant about the area’s native cultures and histories.