Special Places

Wilderness

Pack string in Soldier Creek WildernessOne of our nation's greatest treasures is the National Wilderness Preservation System established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Wildernesses are lands designated by Congress to be protected and preserved in their natural condition, without permanent improvements or habitation. Soldier Creek Wilderness was created by an act of Congress in 1986 and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It covers an area of 7,794 acres (31.54 km²) within the Pine Ridge section of the Nebraska National Forest. 

Oglala National Grassland

There are a variety of activities to explore on the Oglala National Grassland, including camping, hiking, horse riding, rockhounding, and viewing wildflowers.  For a sample of wildflowers you may see on the Oglala National Grassland, check out the Wildflowers Photo Gallery.

Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Education & Research Center

Image of thumbnail of a PDFA visit to Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center is a visit to a modern archeological excavation in progress. Interpretive exhibits and guided tours help you to understand why this is such an important discovery, and encourage you to develop your own theories about what happened to the bison. The site is located in the shadow of Nebraska's picturesque Pine Ridge, overlooking the Oglala and Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and north to the Black Hills of South Dakota. And it's only a few miles to the moonscape of Toadstool Geologic Park. Be sure to bring your camera as well as your curiosity!

The Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center is an outstanding example of how ordinary people can make extraordinary contributions to understanding our past. If you make a discovery on a national grassland or national forest, make sure of its location and report it promptly to the nearest Forest Service office. Who knows, maybe an important site will be named for you!

Open every year from Memorial Day weekend through October 1st!  An important partner of the Fossil Freeway!

National Grassland Visitor's Center

Photo of the National Grasslands Visitor CenterThe National Grassland Visitor’s Center (NGVC) released their activity calendar for peak-visitor season beginning next week through Labor Day. The robust calendar features 70 events that have been planned with, and include personnel from Minuteman National Historical Site and Badlands National Park via the Service First Agreement.  The NGVC is co-located with the Wall Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands in Wall, South Dakota.