Join the Black Hills National Forest on June 15th at 7 p.m. for a moonlit hike and learn about the sacredness of the Black Hills to the Oglala Lakota People. Participants will walk approximately 1 ½ mile (roundtrip) on fairly even terrain in the central Black Hills.
Members of the Oglala Lakota Tribal Nation, Doug Patton, Joe Amiotte, and Tony Twiss, will lead the walk. They’ll be discussing what the Black Hills, Paha Sapa, “the heart of everything that is,” means to the Oglala Lakota People.
“This will be a unique opportunity for forest visitors to learn about what makes the Black Hills special to so many people, especially the Oglala Lakota, while being immersed within its landscape,” said Kelsey Bean, event coordinator.
To reach the Moon Walk from Rapid City, SD, travel west on Highway 44 for approximately 14 miles to Norris Peak Road, located in Johnson Siding. Turn north (right) on Norris Peak Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the parking area. If traveling from Highway 385, turn east on Highway 44 for approximately 4.5 miles to Norris Peak Road, located in Johnson Siding. Turn north (right on Norris Peak Road and travel approximately 1.5 miles to the parking area. Signs will be posted at major intersections to guide visitors to the parking area. Due to limited parking space carpooling is advised.
The drive from Rapid City will take approximately 30 minutes. Participants should arrive early to facilitate parking.
Visitors should bring flashlights, water, and bug repellant and dress for unexpected weather and hiking on uneven terrain. Long pants and sturdy footwear (hiking boots or athletic shoes) are recommended for your comfort and safety.
The program may be canceled unexpectedly for unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts, and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be canceled due to rain unless lightning is spotted.
For more information on the Black Hills National Forest visit www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.
Saturday, June 15 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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