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Inyan Kara Mountain

Inyan Kara Mountain

Inyan Kara Mountain is recognized by the Lakota Sioux as a sacred place for mothers giving birth. The mountain reaches a height of 5,348 feet.

Inyan Kara—the name means “Rock Gatherer”—is located about 20 miles from Sundance, east of Wyoming Highway 116. Custer camped nearby on his 1874 expedition to the Black Hills. There are plentiful hiking opportunities here, but permission must be obtained to cross private lands between Sundance and the mountain. For more information, contact the Bearlodge District Ranger Office at (307) 283-1361.