Rapid City

Black Hills National Forest Moon Walk Features Whitewood Quartz Mining District


RAPID CITY, SD Join the Black Hills National Forest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 for a moonlit hike and to learn about the geology, history and future of the Whitewood Quartz Mining District in the Deadwood Lead area. 

Participants in the scheduled Moon Walk event will walk approximately 1 mile roundtrip up a moderately sloped trail from a gravel parking area to the Mt. Roosevelt Friendship Tower.

Featured speaker, David Vardiman, Project Engineer for Geotechnical Design and Excavation, from Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead will discuss the history of mining in the Whitewood Quartz Mining District, locally known as Homestake Mine and future Sanford Laboratory deep underground research projects.

To reach the Moon Walk site from Deadwood, SD travel approximately 1 mile north on Highway 85 to the turn off for The Lodge at Deadwood Resort.  Turn left as if you were going to the resort but keep right and follow Forest Road 133 approximately 1.1 miles to Mt Roosevelt Road. Turn right on this gravel road and travel 1.4 miles up to the picnic area. Signs will be posted at major intersections to help guide visitors. The drive from Rapid City should take approximately 1 hour.

Visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights, water, and bug repellant and dress for evening temperatures 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 cancelled unexpectedly due to unforeseen reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts and other reasons beyond control. The program will not be cancelled due to rain unless lightning is spotted.  .

For more information about the program and summer schedule go to www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call the Black Hills National Forest at 605-343-1567.

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