Horse at Newton Fork Ranch Deer in front of cabin at Newton Fork Ranch Cabins amongst the trees and foliage at Newton Fork Ranch Fence at Newton Fork Ranch Wide open fields at Newton Fork Ranch Horse and bird graze at Newton Fork Ranch Snows blankets Harney View cabin An old chair at Newton Fork Ranch Flowers are plentiful at Newton Fork Ranch Snows blankets Newton Fork Ranch cabins in the Winter Horses grazing at Newton Fork Ranch Old chicken coops remain at the ranch Mickelson hiking & biking trail runs through Newton Fork Ranch Snows blankets Newton Fork Ranch cabin

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events


Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2024
Billed as "26.2 Miles of Black Hills Beauty!" The event is a point-to-point course that begins in the old mining town of Rochford (competitive hint: don't drop into the Moonshine Gulch Saloon for a shot of liquid courage prior to race start) and finishes at the historic Engine House at the Deadwood Trailhead. Note: there is also a half marathon event as well. For more information, call 605.390.6137 or visit their website.




Spring Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2024
Put on some comfortable shoes and come participate in the 38th annual spring 10K (6.2 mile) round-trip hike up the world's largest mountain carving in progress. For more information, call 605.673.4681 or visit



The Big Mick Century & Half Century Ride
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Great news bicycle fans! Participants will have the opportunity to ride the full length of the George S. Mickelson Trail; all 109 miles in one day! And do we need to remind you that the Mickelson Trail runs right through Newton Fork Ranch? Saddle up partners! For more information, call 605.440.2400 or visit



Fine Arts in the Hills Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16, 2024
This 16th Annual very popular event, sponsored by the Hill City Arts Council, will take place on Elm Street in Hill City. Juried artists and sculptors from South Dakota and surrounding states will gather to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and sell to collectors from throughout the United States. For more information, visit or call 605.574.2810.



Mickelson Trail Summer Trek
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 21, 22 & 23, 2024

Participate in the 4th annual celebration of the achievement of many forward‐thinking individuals who created the now, very popular, Mickelson Trail. The 3-day bike ride covers almost the entire trail. Registration fee includes shuttle service, 6 snacks, 2 meals and 2 meal vouchers for dinner in Hill City or Custer and Deadwood. Riders can enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills as they travel through the scenic valleys, old railroad tunnels and historic mining towns. For more information, call 605.584.3896 or visit the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks website.



Black Hills Bluegrass Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 28, 29 & 30, 2024
The 43rd Annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival, held each year in Sturgis, will feature national touring bands, as well as, local musicians. There will be three concerts and a Sunday Morning Gospel Music Show. There will also be instrumental workshops hosted by the bands, arts & crafts vendors, and food concessionaires. For more information, call 605.348.1198 or visit



Star Spangled Saturday Independance Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2024
Kick off the Fourth of July weekend by joining locals for a 10:00 am parade on Main Street, Hill City where Old Glory will be flying and a hometown holiday spirit is celebrated. Start your day with breakfast at the Senior Center from 8:00 to 10:00 am; watch the festive and patriotic parade; explore our crafts fair and find treasures throughout town; enjoy local cuisine from our restaurants and food trucks and conclude your day with an old-fashioned Ice Cream & Pie Social with music at the Visitor Information Center. Family friendly! For more information call 605.574.2368 or visit



Days of '76 Rodeo
Sunday - Saturday, July 21 - 27, 2024
The Days of '76 Rodeo is a local jewel that is nationally recognized, a fan-favorite, and a source of local pride. The Deadwood event is held over five days in late July plus features free parades on its historic Main Street on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 605.578.1876 or visit



Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday - Sunday, August 2 - 11, 2024
The small Northern Hills town of Sturgis will expand exponentially as it welcomes 450,000+ motorcycle enthusiasts for its 84th rally. Established in the 1930s, it's a 10-day party and festival like no other with, naturally, gleaming "iron horses" taking center stage. Many of these exotic machines are simply works of art and not to be missed! Whether you are a proud bike owner or not, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds: races, shopping (including over temporary 800 vendors), world-class entertainment, and very colorful people. B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Leather)! For more information, visit



Central States Fair & Rodeo
Friday - Saturday, August 16 - 24, 2024
Are you hankerin' for a little Midwest fun and excitement? This is the biggest South Dakota fair west of the Missouri River and it takes place in Rapid City at the Central States Fairgrounds. You can spend your day sampling delicious food and checking out carnival rides and exhibits for all ages before capping off each night with a demolition derby, rodeo, or concerts by great country music acts. The fair also features children's entertainment, regional music, a magic show, and pig wrestling. For more information, call 605.355.3861 or visit



Hill City Wine, Brew & BBQ
Friday & Saturday, August 23 & 24, 2024
What started out as a small event by local enthusiasts has now grown into an event that attracts some of the best competitive BBQ teams in the country. Their passion for ultimate recognition amongst their peers will have you licking your chops and, yes, your fingers! It all takes place on Elm Street in downtown Hill City. For more information, visit



Hill City Quilt Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2024
Check out the local quilting talent at this popular show offering a featured artist, special events, prizes, demonstrations, a vendor mall, youth fiber arts activity, and more than 200 unique quilts that each have a story to tell. This is your opportunity to view over 200 quilts that are located on along Main Street and continued at the Hill City School Gyms. For more information visit  or  contact the Heart of the Hills Quilt Guild.



26th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 20, 21, & 22, 2024
Over a three-day span bicyclists will be complete the length of the Mickelson Trail. The ride begins in Edgemont, in the Southern Hills and travels the same historic path as General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Potato Creek Johnny to a finish in the Northern Hills at the Deadwood Trailhead. For more information visit the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks website or call 605.584.3896



59th Annual Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, September 26, 27 & 28, 2024
This exciting three-day event in Custer State Park begins with lots of festivities featuring food, entertainment, and art booths on the grounds surrounding the State Game Lodge. But, a true highlight is the annual buffalo roundup on Friday. Thrill to sound of thousands of hooves thundering over and through the hills as cowboys and cowgirls bring in the herd. It is a not-to-be missed experience! For more information, visit the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks website   



Black Hills Film Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 27, 28 & 29, 2024
This popular celluloid festival that began in Hill City, is now in its 15th year and features screenings, workshops, seminars, and guest presentations, at venues around the Black Hills. The festival includes South Dakota-produced films, motion pictures shot on location in our state, plus additional national and international entries. Don't miss this opportunity to view exciting new films that help create our own "Hollywood in the Hills!" For more information, visit



Crazy Horse Fall Volksmarch
Sunday, September 29, 2024
This autumn hike is held the same weekend as the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up. It affords the public a second chance this year to walk up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. For more information, call 605.673.4681.



Run Crazy Horse Marathon, Half Marathon, & Half Marathon Relay
Sunday, October 6, 2024
Run Crazy Horse Marathon will follow a course from Crazy Horse Memorial to an exciting finish on Main Street, Hill City. For more information, visit



Black Hills Powwow or He Sapa Wacipi
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 11, 12, & 13, 2024
Experience the proud heritage of Native American dancers & drum groups as Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota nations gather. Enjoy the grand entrance, drum groups, & dance competitions in this annual three-day event held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. For more information, visit:



12th Annual Girlfriends' Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 1, 2, & 3, 2024
Hill City is host to an annual three-day weekend event dedicated to helping women rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and spirits! Showcasing Hill City's finest clothing, accessories, art, talent, and spirits all wrapped up into, yes, one weekend. The merriment continues each day with nearly every store in town catering to the joys of being women celebrating shopping, dining, fun, and friendships! Cheers to that! For more information, check out the Hill City Girlfriends' Weekend Facebook page! 



Dickens Festival & Olde Tyme Christmas Parade
Friday, November 29, 2024
Festivities begin with holiday sales and free refreshments throughout the Hill City's Main Street businesses. At 5:00 pm enjoy music, the offical lighting of the town Christmas tree, and roasted chestnuts in front of the historic Alpine Inn. And at 6:00 pm, an illuminated parade will add sparkle up and down Main Street ending with a visit from Santa Claus who, in the European tradition, will be dispensing bright red apples at the Olde World Plaza. For more information, call 605.574.2368.



Olde Tyme Christmas & Holiday Festivities in Hill City
Saturday, November 30 through Monday, December 30, 2024
Our little mountain town is positively magical at Christmastime! Main Street is bright with holiday lights, the hot chocolate at Turtle Town is warm and inviting, and the massive Christmas tree outside the Old World Alpine Inn is breathtaking! Catch a ride on one of the special Holiday Expresses departing from the 1880 Train depot for an opportunity to meet Santa at the North Pole. And his elves will not disappoint, providing hot chocolate and cookies along the route. Enjoy an enchanting drive through the Lane of Lights. Don't miss these and many other happenings throughout the holiday season in enchanting Hill City! For more information, call 605.574.2368.




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