Bear Butte

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.

This “National Natural Landmark” is part of the beauty the northern Black Hills has to offer.  It is an incredible sight and an important part of South Dakota’s heritage.


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21 Responses to Bear Butte

  1. Molly says:

    Amazing scenery… we really don’t have vast open space like that in the UK


    • Robyn says:

      It is amazing how far we can see. On a clear day we can see the Black Hills from a tall hill top on the ranch. That would be at least 100 miles.

  2. Teresa says:

    Lovely shots! It really is a beautiful area, and I enjoyed the history of the place.

  3. Candy C. says:

    Nice history and I love the Butte! What a great landmark for travellers of old. 🙂

  4. I love the black hills. That’s a really tall mountain!

    • Robyn says:

      There is so much to see and do in the Black Hills. We don’t take the time to explore and enjoy like we should. There always seems to be work to do on the ranch and when we do get to the hills it’s rush rush.

  5. Carol says:

    Great photography ~ do think I have been there (on a road trip around the country) ~ lovely post so informative ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Just found your blog… loved the photos and post!

  7. Great photos. I love the shot of the fence!

  8. Pat says:

    Lovely scenic shots!

  9. Karen says:

    Beautiful scenery! I was amazed to hear how high that mountain is – I think all the open space gives a different perspective.

  10. mrsbearfoot says:

    Beautiful scenery and nice fence image!

  11. s.c. says:

    Beautiful improvised corner stand in your fence picture . Like it

  12. Beth - VA says:

    love the 2nd view. 2nd fav would be the no hunting sign. luv the close-up. great views. (:

  13. Janis says:

    What an interesting land mark…I would love to visit there!

  14. Nancy says:

    I’ve been to the Black Hills quite a few times but have never seen Bear Mountain. It’s quite unusual. Great shots, Robyn. 🙂

  15. Marie-AZ says:

    It looks like an interesting butte. History and nature both to enjoy.

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