Before the summer travelers descend on the Black Hills, spring visitors can enjoy the slower pace as winter loosens its grip on the landscape. Bighorn sheep lambs will start to make their appearances and the first bison calves of the season arrive. Mother Nature offers up a variety of weather, but snows are quick to melt and morning frosts create stunning photo opportunities.

Check the forecast before you pack your bags, but know that indoor fun abounds in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Early season hikers will enjoy close-up looks at the budding foliage and mating rituals of the abundant wildlife. And, many bikers and car enthusiasts take advantage of this time for casual cruises through the winding roads of the Black Hills National Forest.

Here at Harney Peak Inn, you can relax in your room enjoying an afternoon siesta, wander across the street for a wine and cheese tasting at the Twisted Pine and take in dinner at the Alpine Inn without ever getting in your car. With Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Keystone and Rapid City only short car rides away there’s plenty to do to fill a getaway weekend or weeklong stay.