Recreation sites temporarily closed due to tornado damage

SPEARFISH, S.D. — After the Rapid City National Weather Service confirmed that Friday’s wind event was a tornado, several recreation sites have been closed temporarily for safety due to snags and downed trees.

The areas include:

  • Red Lake
  • Old Baldy
  • Rimrock
  • Little Spearfish Trails

Black Hills National Forest officials said that crews are working diligently to open roads and trails, but are still catching up from the first tornado that hit the forest on July 6.

Friday’s tornado occurred near an old mining town known as Tinton. It then traveled towards Terry Peak. It was the second tornado that swept across the northern Black Hills in under a week; the first touched down southeast of Sundance and traveled towards Tinton Road.

A reconnaissance flight on July 11 measured the July 10 tornado perimeter at about 14 miles in width with a path that traveled across 3,074 miles.

For more information, you can visit the Black Hills National Forest website here.


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