It’s a month of endless sunshine, outdoor fun, and sandals. Plus, it’s patio season for the many great bars, breweries, and restaurants in the area. While it’s not the busiest month for tourism, June is easily one of our favorites! Here’s what you’ll love about the Black Hills in June.

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Weather for the Black Hills in June

Honestly, it’s hard to beat. With the average high around 68, you can wear about whatever you want. Even on the warmest days, the nights are just right to open the windows up and enjoy the cool fresh air. Also be sure to get our free Black Hills packing list >>

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What to do in the Black Hills in June?

Helicopter Flight

For Shane’s birthday last year, we booked a flight around Custer State Park with Black Hills Aerial Adventures. While we weren’t sure what to think getting started, the views paid off and we were able to see the Needles and Sylvan Lake in an entirely new perspective. Now, it’s the best way we’d recommend seeing the Hills.

Rock Climbing

If you’re really feeling adventurous, the Black Hills are home to an endless supply of world class-granite. With that, they’re an incredible place for rock climbing.

Live Music in the Black Hills in June

Wherever you stay, there’s likely to be some music happening in the area. However, many cities dedicate a night each week and close off their downtown area to bring the community together. Basically, it’s Music on Main in Sturgis on Wednesday nights, Downtown Summer Nights in Rapid City on Thursdays, and Downtown Friday Nights in Spearfish. Also, Deadwood’s Outlaw Square has something happening almost every weekend.

When you aren’t downtown for the music, be sure to check out the great bands in the area. In fact, it’s worth keeping an eye on the lineups at The Monument in Rapid City, The Deadwood Mountain Grand, Saloon #10 in Deadwood, and The Custer Beacon.

Guided Tours

For those who love learning, there are many guided tours available in the area. No matter how many times we go, we always enjoy Cosmos Mystery Area where gravity doesn’t quite make sense. Another favorite is the mining tours or visiting the area’s underground caves.

Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park

When you’re coming out for an extended stay, you’ll want to keep the kiddos good and busy. Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park is a great way to burn some energy off while also making some special memories. Honestly, it’s fun for adults, too.

Take a Drive in the Black Hills in June

If you’re staying in the southern hills, Needles Highway is a fun, winding drive. Or the kids will love the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park, where you can see tons of animals close up. If you’re staying near Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon starts just 20 miles away. That’s a gorgeous drive flanked by limestone and pine trees, with hiking opportunities along the way.

Enjoy Amazing Food

Lastly, there’s an endless supply of great restaurants to try if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone. While we’re adventurous eaters and love trying new eateries, there are a few favorites we keep coming back to:

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