Black Hills, Mato Tipila

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U.S. Dollar $ USD


Predominantly English

Time Zone

Mountain time (MT)


Mid-summer around the Black Hills is warm and dry with plenty of sunshine. July and August are the warmest months of the year, when daytime temperatures climb into the 70s and 80s — and sometimes 90s. Humidity levels are low, and there is usually a breeze during the day, so even the hottest days are still comfortable. Early mornings are cool, so a jacket or sweater may be needed for outdoor activities. At night temps drop into the 50s, although 40s, and even 30s can occur at higher elevations.

Sunny, mild days and cool nights are typical during the autumn months of September and October. Temperatures begin to fall around Labor Day, with highs averaging in the 60s and 70s during September and 50s and 60s in October. Lows drop from the 30s and 40s to the 20s and 30s.

The average first freeze in Rapid City is October 4 and late August through September in the Black Hills.


New Age, Spiritual, Native American

The Black Hills were a hunting ground and sacred territory of the Teton or Western Sioux Indians known as the Lakota and included the seven sub-tribes of the Blackfoot, Brulé (Upper and Lower), Hunkpapa, Miniconjou, Oglala, Sans Arcs and the Two-Kettle. The Black Hills are today still revered as sacred land by the Lakota people.

Mato Tipila or Bear Lodge Butte is deeply connected with Lakota lore and ceremonial rituals and it is considered a sacred place of renewal, spiritual rebirth and regeneration of the living Earth and all its components.

Enter sacred sites with a respect for the local artifacts, environment and spirit of the site.

Local Crafts/Products

Native American Art, Black Hills Gold Jewelry, local crafts.

Places of Interest

The Badlands, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood, Black Elk Peak, Mato Tipila (or Devil’s Tower), Needles Highway

Native Tribes

Black Hills: Lakota Sioux

Devil’s Tower: Lakota, Arapaho, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kiowa


Food/Beverage: 20% for good service

Taxis: 10-20%

Hotels: Baggage assistance, $1-2 per bag, Housekeeping $5/day, Room Service: 20%


110-120 Volt 60 Hz Frequency U.S. plug


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