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Belle Fourche Area Community Center

The Belle Fourche Area Community Center

The Belle Fourche Area Community Center was completed and opened to the Tri-State community in February 1992. The 67,000 square foot facility serves as the community wellness, convention and cultural center. The wellness center contains racquetball courts, walking track, cardiovascular and exercise room, 25 meter competition sized pool plus a water slide and Jacuzzi, and a 12,500 square foot gymnasium/banquet hal. The auditorium has a seating capability of 600 with a modern professionally equipped stage. The Belle Fourche Community Center is well equipped to handle meetings or conventions ranging from one to several hundred.

Herrmann Park

Herrmann Park, located near the central business district, is the most popular and a social center in the summer. The band shell, barbecue facilities and recreational equipment grace its green carpet and make it an ideal place for any number of family or community activities.
Herrman Park

Highland Park

Highland Park, next to the Belle Fourche Area Community Center, contains tennis and basketball courts in addition to a large grass expanse for general recreation. The Roundup Ground Complex, which covers 110 acres along the Belle Fourche River, is the home of the baseball, softball and soccer fields, plus the Rodeo facility, barns, equestrian arena and grandstands.

The Tri-State Museum and Johnny Spaulding Cabin

Johnny Spaulding's cabin

The Tri-State Museum and Johnny Spaulding Cabin document the history of the area. The Tri-State Museum through its collection of photos, papers and artifacts presents a vivid view of the development of the Tri- State area. Established in 1952, its exhibits continue to expand as descendants of the region's settlers provide mementos of the early days when cattle drives converged on the railhead at Belle Fourche. Nearby stands the relocated and preserved two-story cabin of "Buckskin" Johnny Spaulding -- scout, miner, farmer, and one of the earliest European settlers of the area.

Belle Fourche Country Club

The Belle Fourche Country Club is located on the southern edge of town. This excellent nine hole course is open to the public and features endless challenges and scenic beauty. In addition to the challenges of the links, this golf course is equipped with putting greens and driving ranges. This is the home of the Belle Fourche Open, held annually on the third or fourth weekend of June; attracting top golfers, young and old, from a radius upwards of 200 miles.

Land of All Seasons

The area surrounding Belle Fourche is a wonderland of opportunity for fun in all weather, but summertime particularly opens the scope of activity. From simply relaxing away from the bustle of the city, to hiking, backpacking, camping, fantastic trout fly fishing in the Hills and northern and walleyes in the lakes, mountain-biking and more, your imagination is the only limit to your mode of entertainment.

Amateur archaeologists and paleontologists, as well as just simple fanciers of the prairie, find the open plain to the north, east and west, their center of interest. Rock climbers and other rough-country aficionados head for the higher reaches of the Hills half hour's drive south. The tracts of the Black Hills National Forest and foothills also serve hikers, sightseers, ghost-town enthusiasts, spelunkers, and rock hounds varied entrees of their favorite courses.

Orman Lake

(Orman Lake)

From early spring until freeze-up, boaters, skiers, sailors, swimmers, campers and fisherman make use of the bounteous space and waters of Orman Lake, nine miles east of Belle Fourche. Still the world's largest earthen dam, it was constructed with horses near the turn of the century to provide irrigation for sugar beets for a huge tract of farms downstream. Sugar beets have given way to corn, small grains and alfalfa, but Orman is still the source of dry-season water. The reservoirs 185,000 acre/feet of water with 52 miles of shoreline provides over 13 square miles of water surface, a recreation magnet for 100,000 area residents and visitors annually.

Come autumn, hunters from all over the nation travel to Belle Fourche to headquarter while they stalk the wily pronghorn antelope, mule deer, whitetail deer, waterfowl, pheasant or wild turkey. Stocking over the past several years of elk and mountain goat in the Black Hills, and a resident herd of elk in the Bear Lodge mountains nearby in Wyoming, make for a slightly more exotic hunt, for those lucky, in the yearly license lotteries. One might even spot a mountain lion, the area's most reclusive resident.

Winter's first snow normally arrives in late October or early November, bringing smiles to the faces of a variety of enthusiasts. Immediately south of Belle Fourche the terrain swells towards the spectral Black Hills National Forest playground. Downhill skiers begin checking their equipment in anticipation of the opening of Deer Mountain and Terry Peak, featuring the best skiing and snow boarding between the Appalachians and the Rockies. For the cross country skiers, the choices are numerous, with thousands of square miles of available forest and plains to choose from. The less adventurous have any of a dozen groomed ski trails around the Hills' from which to choose. Likewise, snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the Midwest trek to the Black Hills to cruise their machines over the 335 miles of groomed trails and to socialize at the Hill's restaurants, lodges, motels and taverns, large and small.

SURROUNDING AREA ATTRACTIONS

Mount Rushmore:

Mount Rushmore is the best-known of America's national monuments and is approximately an hour and a half south of Belle Fourche. Everything surrounding the "Shrine of Democracy", from the story of its conceiver and architect, Gutzon Borglum, and the crew who chipped the huge faces out of the granite mountain, to the mere statement of the dimensions of the faces themselves, is a testament to the concept and drama of the Republic, all unique in the history of man.

Devil's Tower National Monument

Devils Tower

Devils Tower

Less than an hour west of Belle Fourche, near Hulett, Wyoming, stands America's first and still its most unusual national monument, Devil's Tower National Monument. Commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt at the premier event in his tenure-long campaign to set aside natural wonders for public lands in perpetuity, this strange, erect-thumb-like projection is actually the neck of a volcano, the molten rock which froze as the volcano died. The cone around it eroded away, leaving only the crystallized lava. Native American legend says that a group of people were being persued by the giant bear of Ursa Major and took refuge on a promontory. The bear clawed the striations in the sides of the tower attempting to climb it. The route from Belle Fourche through the Bear Lodge Mountains (Wyoming's part of the Black Hills) is one of the most scenic drives in the United States.


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