On my way to the Hills for Women In Ag, I stopped and took pictures of Bear Butte. I have been wanting to do this for a while. Usually J and I are headed to the Hills with a huge list and long day ahead of us or we are tired from our shopping and just want to get home.
The butte pictures are from the highway looking east. The Butte is so called because it looks like a sleeping bear. Some see a pregnant woman.
The Native Americans of the Northern Plains also refer to the Butte as Bear Mountain. It is considered a sacred place of prayer and is host to many religious ceremonies.
Bear Butte State Park is home to the mountain. You will find an Educational Center, hiking, biking and riding trails, a campground and fishing opportunities.
Bear Mountain is an igneous rock formation that has a 4,426 foot summit. The mountain has very little vegetation due to a fire in 1996.