Bear Butte State Park

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Bear Butte State Park


Location:6 miles northeast of Sturgis off SD 79.
Facilities:16 basic campsites, horsemen's campsite, picnic areas, picnic shelter, hiking trails, bridle trails, fishing dock (é), historic site, education center, playground.
Activities:Camping, boating, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Mato Paha, or Bear Mountain, is the Lakota name given to this site. The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes, who come here to hold religious ceremonies. A small bison herd roams the base of the mountain.
Address:Box 688
E Hwy 79
Sturgis, SD 57785

Phone:605-347-5240
Web: www.sdgfp.info/parks/regions/northernhills/bearbutte.htm
Size: 1,935 acres.

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Crazy Horse was known to his mother as "Curly" or "Light Hair" and his birth in a Lakota camp near a sacred monument known as Mato Sapa, or Bear Butte, caused his mother, Rattle Blanket, concern.
Our relationship with Bear Butte predates Meade County.
After all, earlier in my hunt on the sprawling Bear Butte Ranch, I'd had several small bucks--spikes and forkhorns--catch me red-handed while I shifted the camera into position as they fed beneath my tree.
Investigators said lightning sparked the Booth and Bear Butte fires that broke out Aug.
American Indian spiritual ceremonies at Bear Butte have been turned into a zoo attraction, Campbell said.
Lightning storms - not politically charged arsonists - sparked the Booth and Bear Butte fires that broke out Aug.
The Booth and Bear Butte fires - separated only by a lava flow a quarter mile wide - are now being managed as one fire.
The Bear Butte and Booth fires ran westward Tuesday night by as much as four miles, swallowing another 10,000 acres that remained outside fire lines, and continued their push on Wednesday.
Both the Booth and Bear Butte fires continue to grow and push into the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and an inversion layer pumped smoke into the Willamette Valley on Tuesday.
Camp Sherman vacation homeowners were allowed to return to their cabins Monday after being forced to evacuate from the area last month due to the Booth and Bear Butte fires, which were burning about 15 miles north of Sisters.
The B&B Complex Fire - the Booth and smaller Bear Butte fires - grew by another 3,500 acres Sunday, with all but 400 of the additional acreage within the wilderness area, said Linda Mazuu, an information specialist with the Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Team.