- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a moonlit, guided hike this weekend at one of the caves found in the Black Hills.

The 1.5-mile “moon walk” at Elk Creek Canyon is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. The Forest Service calls it an easy to moderate hike.

Visitors will walk to the rim of Elk Creek Canyon near Bethlehem Cave. Black Hills National Forest geologist Karl Emanuel will discuss the geology of the caves in the area and the importance of safeguarding them.

The Forest Service says interested attendees should be ready to hike on uneven terrain. Participants are asked to bring flashlights, water and bug repellant. Long pants and sturdy footwear are recommended for comfort and safety.

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Online: www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills

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