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Black Hills park rangers provide hiking safety tips

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RAPID CITY, SD (KELO) – With warmer weather comes more hikers. In the Black Hills, people are already heading to the trails.

In the Black Hills there are hundreds of trails that thousands of people use every year.

On Thursday, Sara and Taylor Aguirre from Florida take the Buzzard’s Roost Trail.

“We like to be outdoors, we like to see different areas. It had a good view so we wanted to see the sites because we are visiting and we really wanted to exercise our dogs so we took them,” said hiker Sara Aguirre.

The two say they often like to hike, but they always do it safely.

“Put on our hiking boots so we have foot protection, we have a first aid kit and plenty of water,” said hiker Taylor Augierre.

Lt. David Switzer of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says it’s important to practice hiking safely to avoid dangerous situations.

“Always plan for the worst case scenario, so plan to go out and get wet, so take an emergency blanket, wear the right kind of shoes and if you have room in your backpack, pack extra underwear “said Lt. David Switzer, Pennington. County Sheriff’s Office, said.

So if you choose to hike the Black Hills this summer, be sure to plan ahead, pack your essentials, and always let someone know where you’re going.

As more and more people move to the Black Hills, along with the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come each year, first responders are expecting a busy summer.