Inclusive Community Experiences Start Here

Travel and tourism is a special industry–an industry that thrives in western South Dakota. We’re ready to take the next step and prioritize accessible tourism in the Black Hills region.

Creating positive change through communication, training, and connection

When Kelsey Stine began Accessible Black Hills, it was the desire to give travelers with disabilities the tools needed for independent adventures. This remains a core vision for Accessible Black Hills as we have grown our mission to include providing the tools and opportunities for area businesses and organizations to learn, grow, and make a positive change for everyone to enjoy.

History of Accessible Black Hills

May 2021

Accessible Black Hills Instagram Page Luanches

September 2021

Fiscal Sponsorship Awarded via BH Community Foundation

August 2022

Partnered with Visit Rapid City

September 2023

Partnered with Access Earth

Coming In 2024

Launched the Accessible Black Hills Travel Companion App

May 2021

Accessible Black Hills Instagram Page Luanches

September 2021

Fiscal Sponsorship Awarded via BH Community Foundation

August 2022

Partnered with Visit Rapid City

September 2023

Partnered with Access Earth

December 2023

Launched the Accessible Black Hills Travel Companion App

April 2022

Accessible Black Hills Instagram Page Luanches

September 2021

Fiscal Sponsorship Awarded via BH Community Foundation

August 2022

Partnered with Visit Rapid City

September 2023

Partnered with Access Earth

December 2023

Launched the Accessible Black Hills Travel Companion App

Our Organization's Values

Elevating Awareness

We believe in raising awareness about accessibility’s importance, advocating for a mindset where accessibility is a fundamental aspect of design and development.

Education & Empowerment

We are dedicated to educating organizations about accessibility best practices, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to drive sustainable change.

Innovation Through collaboration

Our collaborative approach unites businesses, experts, and communities to co-create solutions that drive meaningful accessibility advancements.

Meet Our Founder

Kelsey Stine has been a wheelchair user for most of her life, and has adapted to her abilities as she lives with muscular dystrophy. Kelsey loves to travel, and she has been on the receiving end of stress going into an unknown location and meeting disappointment when accessible accommodations are not available. Combining these experiences with the admiration of all the area has to offer, Kelsey created Accessible Black Hills. This way, travelers visiting the area and newcomers relocating to the Black Hills will be able to have the information they need for planning experiences and adventures.

Destination Organizations We've Partnered With....

We are incredibly excited to be partnering local champions of tourism dedicated to making the Black Hills a more accessible destination for travelers with disabilities. Would you like your organization to become more involved with making travel accessible for all? Learn more about ways we can partner together to create equitable travel experiences for individuals with disabilities.

Why Work With Accessible Black Hills

Be a part of positive change!

Partnering with Accessible Black Hills means taking steps for a more inclusive tomorrow. Accessibility has come a long way since the founding of the ADA, but there is still work to be done, and we would love your support along the way.

Support Your Community

Supporting equitable travel also supports communities as a whole. Accessible businesses have a greater chance to welcome more people into their doors and see more success. This supports the quality of life for everyone at the end of the day.

Learn From Experts

Through lived experience or continued learning, everyone at Accessible Black Hills has learned so much about what it means to move through the world with a disability. By increasing your education on accessibility, you will create a ripple effect of positive change.

Accessible Black Hills in the News

We are proud to see more support for equitable travel and accessibility across the region. Check out our latest updates and media coverage below.