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South Dakota's Great Places: "M" Hill

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PIERRE, S.D. - Rising up within blocks of downtown Rapid City is “M” Hill, also known as Cowboy Hill, and officially known as Hansen-Larsen Memorial Park. With 12 miles of trails varying in difficulty, the 300-acre park is a great place to experience the adventure of the Black Hills without ever leaving the city.
The land for the park was donated by Edna “Eddie” Larson, a native of Rapid City, S.D., who left her legacy by protecting and preserving a green space within the city. The park is well-known to locals but surprises visitors with world-class biking, hiking and running. The trails are free and open to all hikers, bicycle riders, runners, outdoor enthusiasts and pedestrians. However, motorized vehicles, horses and overnight campers are prohibited.
The park has also been utilized for unique events such as the Fat Tire Festival. This year’s event will be held May 27-30, and includes rides and races throughout the Black Hills, including “M” Hill. For more information on this event, visit
For more information on “M” Hill, or Hansen-Larsen Memorial Park, including a map of the trails, visit
South Dakota’s Great Places weekly press release series is a project of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, designed to highlight places in South Dakota that are unique to travelers and residents alike. Click on the special “South Dakota’s Great Places” link at to access the complete list of articles. 
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