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About Harney Peak, Custer

Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) is the highest natural point in South Dakota. It lies in the Black Elk Wilderness area, in southern Pennington County, in the Black Hills National Forest. The peak lies 3.7 mi (6.0 km) WSW of Mount Rushmore. At 7,242 feet (2,207 m), it has been described by the Board on Geographical Names as the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. It is also known as Hinhan Kaga (in Lakota) and the federal government has deemed it "Black Elk Peak". Guadalupe Peak and Sierra Blanca also lie far to the east of the Continental Divide and are substantially higher, but they are located south of the Rockies. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which has jurisdiction in federal lands, officially changed the mountain's name from "Harney Peak" to "Black Elk Peak" on August 11, 2016, honoring Black Elk, the noted Lakota Sioux medicine man for whom the Wilderness Area is named.


Overview of Harney Peak

On your visit to Custer, consider visiting Harney Peak. If you have enough time to explore the interiors of the city, you will pass by Harney Peak.

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Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride
View Deal Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride 2 Reviews | Duration: 60 minutes From USD 292.94/person

Enjoy a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the beautiful and historic Black Hills of South Dakota with a complimentary Champagne toast! You'll experience a 1-hour flight at sunrise in one of the most scenic places in the world. A souvenir flight certificate and postcard is also included in this tour. Allow about three hours for the experience, from start to finish.

Share your experience - Rate Harney Peak, Custer

  • Very cool experience! Took 4 h. A lot of pictures and some places just stop for a few minutes and enjoy. Funny chipmunks and eagles. Beautiful lake. Saw people with fish rod, some on kayak.

  • This is a moderate hike; not a walking path. There are no water stations or restrooms along the path so prepare accordingly. Can be a daunting experience in poor weather. View at the peak is amazing!

  • Hot hike but worth every step of the way. Spectacular views. Highly recommend taking the journey.

  • I love the hike. Having grown up in Rapid City, I hiked Harney Peak often.

  • One of the beautiful and scenic places in Black Hills National Forest you should visit

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