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June 18, 2017 10:12 PM

New Black Hills National Forest App Gives Users Opportunities To Explore The Area

Rapid City, SD

Next time you visit the Black Hills National Forest, you might want to download an app first. It lets you know more than what's happening at the park, it could also help those living around the hills as well.

Peggy Hunwardsen enjoys her time outdoors, but what she enjoys even more is the convenience the Black Hills National Forest app gives her when exploring new places.

"I like to hike and I don't really know where there is to hike. So I can just go on the app and find trails," Hunwardsen said.

When you open the app on your mobile device, it offers a variety of information, including things to do, see, and know in the Black Hills.

"It's very convenient to get the information you need regarding our camping opportunities, hiking opportunities, boating opportunities," Stephen Keegan, Forest Landscape Architect, Black Hills National Forest said.

If you are an Android or iOS user, the app not only gives you lists of recreational activities, but also informs you of the fire risk for the day, or if there is a wildfire near you.

"This is a great place to go to find out about what's going on fire-wise and if it may have any impacts on your recreation adventure," Keegan said. 

Which allows both park visitors and residents in the area to stay up-to-date on what's happening around the area.

"This is a great way for us to get out information regarding critical information," Keegan said.

Giving Hunwardsen more time to spend outdoors.

"I would recommend this app because it's easy to use and lots of stuff to do," Hunwardsen said.

Keegan adds that this is the first app of its kind for national forests and grasslands across the nation.  By searching "Black Hills National Forest" you can find the app wherever you usually download applications for your device.

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