Five Holy Places in the Mountains

The Lakota people, who revere the Black Hills, attribute special spiritual significance to five places. They include Black Elk Peak, Bear Butte by Sturgis, Grey Horn Butte (aka Devil’s Tower), Inyan Kara Mountain and Reynolds Prairie, a meadow west of Hill City. Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, is now named for Nicholas Black Elk, a spiritual visionary who is being considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church. Every year, tens of thousands of people climb the peak, as Black Elk did in 1935, and even the agnostics find it a powerful experience.

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