Have family coming for the holidays and want to dispatch a case of cabin fever? Send them to Keystone for some last-minute holiday shopping or a day of sight-seeing in the wintery Black Hills.
But that could change at any second in Keystone. With our altitude and the nature of Black Hills weather patterns, we are blessed with the occasional Chinook wind in the middle of winter.
Chinooks can range from a gentle puff of warm air to a rush of heat. They always bring a significant change in temperature.
How significant? Spearfish, to the north of Keystone, has held the world record for temperature change for more than seven decades. On the morning of Jan. 22, 1943, the temperature in Spearfish rose from -4 degrees to +45 degrees in just two minutes. That's a 49-degree change. Drivers had to stop in the middle of the street because their windshields suddenly frosted over.
A few flakes of snow were visible today, not an unexpected sight in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Nov. 18. But snow does stir the heart, because the Black Hills are as much fun in the winter as they are in the summer. More fun, a few diehard souls would argue.
Sunday Mass: 8:00 am
Tuesday Mass: 5:30 pm
Wednesday Mass: 7:30 am
Confessions prior to Mass.
Moving People to the Heart of Christ ~ We are a mission parish nestled in the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota, located in the town of Keystone, home of Mount Rushmore, and host to many visitors. How may we serve you?
Sunday Service: May–September 9am, September–May 10am
Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, founded in 1895, and serving the community from the same historic building since 1896, invites all to take part in our 2010 events. The service is traditional but informal. The Lord’s Supper is observed the first Sunday of each month. All events are held at the Church building unless noted otherwise. Tours of the building can be arranged. Come visit us anytime!
The Church is located one block north of Highway 40 (up the hill from the Big Thunder Gold Mine) in Old Keystone at 402 Blair Street. It’s one of the featured sites on the “Keystone Walking Tour.”
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
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Locally owned business since 2008. You're Gonna Love Our Stores! Featuring over 75 t-shirt designs and many other Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore souvenirs, Officially licensed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally merchandise, Black Hills Gold and Silver jewelry, Head ‘N’ Home Leather Hats (Made in America), Minnetonka Moccasins and Sandals, South Dakota Wines, and a penny machine. Also various animal mounts and furs are for sale.
If we were forced to pick a favorite month for a drive in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we would be very tempted to pick October. The mountain air is crisp and fresh-smelling. The weather is pleasantly cool. And the aspen trees are putting on their annual show.
The American Bus Association named the upcoming Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup the top U.S. event for visitors. We couldn’t agree more.
Custer State Park has a herd of some 1,300 bison. But since the park spans 71,000 acres, the free-roaming bison do what they do best — roam. Visitors can usually spot small groups and fairly large herds lolling around the meadows and open areas of the park.
For many folks, Labor Day weekend is the last big blast of the summer travel season. After Labor Day, school children are back in class, summer workers are back in college and there’s often, but not always, a discernible chill in the early morning air.
However, it is by no means the end of travel for the Black Hills. A lot of visitors find September to be the best month to visit the Black Hills.
Making Lasting Impressions by Creating Timeless Keepsakes.
LIU is a full awards and personalization business. They also design and print metal photos for décor, signage, customized gifts and promotional items. Working with customers, to create products to meet their needs, is what they enjoy doing.
This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which doesn’t officially begin until Aug. 3, is getting an early start this year. We’re already seeing thousands of early bird bikers throughout the Black Hills. And Keystone has always been a must-see item on the average biker bucket list.
It could be the open boardwalks and verandas where bikers can sit with a cold drink and watch the ongoing motorcycle parade on Winter Street. It could be the restaurants and shops, or the laid-back attitude of Keystone.