Camp year-round at South Dakota State Parks

 South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) wants to remind park visitors that camping isn't just for summer. Parks accept reservations and electricity stays on year-round.

Camping cabins and group lodges can be reserved as few as two days before arrival. Campsite reservations are available right up until the day of arrival. Reserve online at campsd.com.

Facilities like shower houses are kept open as long as weather allows, and roads and trails are plowed where possible. Contact the park directly to check their status before you arrive.

“The fall and winter months are a great time to explore the outdoors,” said visitor services coordinator Lynn Spomer said in a release. “Hiking, bird watching, snowshoeing and nature photography are all fun ways to spend time outside when the seasons change.”

Special events go on year-round too. The parks offer snowshoe hikes and holiday happenings this winter. See the events calendar at gfp.sd.gov for programs in your area.

2018 Forest Day Use Passes on sale for one day only

On Dec. 1, Forest Recreation Management (FRM) Day Use Passes for the 2018 season will be available for half price at several Black Hills National Forest offices including, the Bearlodge Ranger District office in Sundance, Wyo., the Northern Hills Ranger District office in Spearfish, the Mystic Ranger District office in Rapid City and the Forest Supervisors/Hell Canyon Ranger District office in Custer.

These passes are for USDA Forest Service facilities located within the Black Hills National Forest fee areas and should not be confused with South Dakota State Park Passes.

The Premium passes (which includes the Sheridan and Pactola complexes) will be $17 (regularly $34), and the Standard passes (which are for all FRM operated day use areas except the Sheridan and Pactola complexes) will be $10 (regularly $20). Pay with cash or check.

Requests made by mail with postmarks between Dec. 1-3 to FRM, PO Box 1168, Hill City, SD 57745 will also be honored. Include a check for the appropriate amount.

The number of passes available for purchase per individual is unlimited, making them great gifts for stocking stuffers, gift exchanges and prizes for drawings. No other discounts will be accepted with this offer and those with senior or access discounts can receive this reduced price any time.

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Under a special use permit, FRM operates Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and other recreation facilities. FRM has been operating these facilities since 1999.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.

Give the gift of the outdoors with State Park Gift Cards

 South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has gift cards available for those who have outdoor-lovers on their Christmas shopping list this year. GFP says the South Dakota State Park gift cards are the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

The pre-paid cards can be used to purchase South Dakota State Parks services and merchandise, including camping reservations, annual state park entrance licenses, entrance fees and firewood.

Gift cards can be purchased online at campsd.com, by calling 1.800.710.2267 or at local state park offices.

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