Shake off the cabin fever! Move your bones on out to the hills for some fun. The Black Hills in January is a haven for winter enthusiasts seeking adventure and entertainment. Whether you have skiing in mind, want to try your luck in Deadwood’s casinos, or enjoy some incredible food and drinks, the Black Hills in January is the place to be.
What to wear in the Black Hills in January?
It’s the season for winter accessories. First, don’t forget to pack gloves, a hat, scarf or neck gaiter, insulated waterproof boots, and thermal socks. Additionally, if you’re skiing or spending time outdoors, consider bringing sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the glare of the snow. Lastly, layers are always a good choice in the Black Hills. Also get our free Black Hills winter packing list >>
Does it snow in the Black Hills in January?
Absolutely! Actually, we’re hoping for snow. That’s what gives us great slopes, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. Hopefully, we’ll have powdery trails and a serene ambiance. However, we’re also hoping for safe driving conditions. Because of this, you’ll want to keep an eye on the forecast and the roads.
What is there to do?
Hit the Slopes
Whether you’ve never tried it or it’s been a few years, Terry Peak is a great place to get comfortable skiing and snowboarding. Additionally, it offers varied terrain for all skill levels. Keep in mind, last year we saw the best snow we’ve had in years!
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
Both are popular amongst the locals. Traverse snowy trails and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the winter landscape. For starters, explore routes along Mickelson Trail or check out Black Hills Nordic Ski Club for access to volunteer member groomed trails.
Watch a Rush Game
If you’re into sports, there’s a special culture to be shared at the Rush Hockey home games. They’re a pro team in Rapid City with the best fans around.
Winter Hiking in the Black Hills in January
Actually, we try to hike at least once a month in every season. Depending on the weather, it can be a gorgeous time to explore. However, it’s best to stick to easy trails in the winter and be mindful of your surroundings. Also, start early, stay hydrated, and wear lots of layers. Here are our favorite hiking trails >>
Wildlife Encounters in the Black Hills in January
That’s because winter unveils unique opportunities for wildlife sightings. So keep your eyes peeled for bison, elk, and deer against the snowy backdrop. Also, the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park is sure to impress the kiddos.
Throw the Dice
Deadwood is like a little Las Vegas but with a lot less neon. First off, the casinos are a lot of fun and there’s usually a great band playing at the world-famous Saloon #10, just down the block from The Bank Hotel Deadwood.
Enjoy Great Food
Midwest mamas can cook and the local culinary scene shows it. For example, we’ve got great steaks, burgers, fine dining, and even gluten free options. We’ve put together a few of our favorites.