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Howdy Folks,
 Yup, we had our first times together in the all-over sun in these here Black Hills back in 2008 and still goin. Cain't get betterin that. All types of fun, new friends and memories in the Hills and more to come.

Plannin on gettin out this here way with your travels? Great places to visit all year round in these here Hills includin the Black Hills Bares LLC. We're non-landed which means we aian't got facilities, cabins, camp sites, etc. but we do like to get-together and have Fun In The Sun.

Get in touch with us Bares. Hang out for a while, bring the family, friends or just yourself. We’ve ben havin some Gooood events these here past seasons. Ifin you ain’t made it yet, we’re doin’ another fun season. Keep checkin this here web site for up-dates.

Startin time is usually Noon. Bring a dish to pass, what you want to eat and your own favorite drinks. Custer City stores ain't too far away ifin you forget somethin. Also, always bring towels for sittin on and dryin off ifin the hot tub is vailable, and house slippers for the indoor events. Quitin time is usually round 5:00. Ifin we're goin to bed and you're still here, you gets kicked out.

Email us for details and location, and always email the hosts so they knows you’re acomin. Ifin you're acomin to the Hills other times, let us know that too. Maybe we can also get together then – any excuse to have a party.

Be Natural - Be Bare.  Join us & Hang out.

Hope to hear from ya. Keep the sunny side up and don't forget to turn over occasionally.

da Bares



Our schedule changes, so contact us for latest info.

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        Enjoy a laid back natural environment! 


With so many places to see and things to do in the beautiful Black Hills, one could easily spend a lifetime embracing all the wonderful culture and natural treasures that abound.  We suggest you take the time to relax, let go, and most of all – get natural, enjoy the freedom, and hang out with the Bares and guests.

“We recognize the essential wholesomeness of the human body and that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, our physical health and mental well being are enriched through social nude recreation. We have the right to practice social nudity in appropriate settings, provided we do not infringe on the rights of others.”  (see 'CHANGING ATTITUDES' article at bottom of this web site)

Black Hills Bares LLC is a non-landed naturist club offering clothing-free opportunities - we just want to get bare and have Fun in the Black Hills sun.  We don't have rooms, cabins or camping facilities but there are many beautiful opportunities for whatever you need in the Black Hills. (Textile of course - Shucks, but you can visit us and shed those threads for a while)

Black Hills Bares LLC is affiliated with the national American Association for Nude Recreation as a fully Chartered Club, and abides by their principals.  We extend an invitation to those in the area and also to traveling nudists and naturists, especially those in The Naturist Society, ClothingFree International, American Association for Nude Recreation, and International Naturist Federation to contact us when in the exceptional Black Hills!

picnic4CwebBlack Hills Bares LLC welcome all; whether single or married. families with kids, young or old; without being judged because of race, religion, politics, marital status, partner preference, age, gender, body art, occupation or income (or anything else we've missed here).

Black Hills Bares LLC members get together to simply enjoy a time of relaxing naked in the sun or indoors, feeling free to recharge minds and bodies with healthy activities all clothing free.  Our bodies are as varied as our backgrounds.  It makes no difference what you look like - you'll be welcomed just for being you.

Black Hills Bares LLC believes in social nudism; where sexual preferences are not a public issue; where consumption of alcohol must be respectful and moderate; where tobacco, illegal activities and substances/drugs are never tolerated; where consideration and respect of each other and of each other's belongings is always required; and where parents are responsible for the care, behavior, and safety of their children.

Nude is not lewd! 
Black Hills Bares LLC believes the human body is natural, not shameful. We think family-friendly nude recreation is great. We also understand that a lot of people have questions about it. We are committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information about the good-natured fun that is naturism to the general public and naturists alike.  We view the nude human form for what it is: a gift, dignified and worthy of respect, regardless of shape, size, age or hue.

Email us if you’d like a FREE Black Hills Bares LLC BUMPER STICKER of the Bares; Cody, Peggi and son Zack, (wearin fig leaves of course)


Attending Black Hills Bares LLC            BHBares@gwtc.net

So that we may better serve you, everyone is required to contact the club in advance by email to make arrangements.  (contact phone numbers are given to registered members only) 

To become a member of Black Hills Bares LLC, folks must complete an annual membership form including their government-issued photo ID. The annual membership fee is $30.00 for an individual or $50.00 for a couple

First time guests to Black Hills Bares LLC are always welcome - as our guests.  We ask them to complete a simple registration, and have their government-issued photo ID with them. The visitor fee is $15.00 per person the second visit. After the second visit, folks are required to become a member before their third time attending. Visitor fees will be applied to their membership.  

While the quality of facilities may have changed over the years, commitment to fostering wholesome, nurturing environments that promote body acceptance and respect for all persons has not changed.

Black Hills Bares LLC members and guests must subscribe to the following principles, which are repeated on every membership card:

“We recognize the essential wholesomeness of the human body and that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, physical health and mental well being are enriched through social nude recreation. We have the right to practice social nudity in appropriate settings, provided we do not infringe on the rights of others.”

Black Hills Bares LLC RULESare based on common sense, with the most important being:image007[1]

Black Hills Bares LLC expects responsible conduct which requires no apology. 

Persons behaving in a manner deemed inappropriate by club officers or hosts will be asked to leave immediately or face a call to the local law enforcement office. 

Always bring two towels; one to sit on and one to use for drying off (and slippers for indoors events).  If you forget your towel (it happens) don't be embarrassed. Notify the host and ask to borrow one.

Favorite links:


CUSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & Weather -     www.custersd.com



 NATURIST SOCIETY -     www.naturistsociety.com



BLACK HILLS HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES -     www.blackhillsballoons.com



CLOTHES FREE INTERNATIONAL -     www.clothesfree.com




COLLEGE NUDIST SEMINARS -     www.collegenudistseminars.com









Interview with General Custer



Mt. Rushmore

Crazy Horse Memorial


Needles Highway



Iron Mountain Road



NUDE-HISTORY-webThis photo of members of the Esyuen (phonetically "Sun") League from the October 1935 issue of ‘The Nudist’ had the original caption,  "Problem? : What's wrong with it?"


Nothing - but the question is a legitimate inquiry that naturists need to answer to themselves, and to society.  The practice of nudity can be viewed in aspects of: "natural" and "deliberate".


Early chroniclers reported that Native Americans by and large found nudity normal, natural, and inoffensive.  French explorer Jean Ribaut commented on Florida tribes living around what is now Jacksonville, "They be all naked ... ," and Champlain noted the Huron often wore no clothes whatsoever.(1)


We also know that early Americans including Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams were skinny-dippers with no secrecy and, as far as we know, no criticism from the public.  Franklin was also known for his "air baths" - opening a window and letting the air wash over his nude body for an hour, which he advocated as a health practice.


This is termed "natural" attitude: the nude human body is intrinsically non-offensive, ie "body acceptance."  This acceptance was surely not universal among Americans of European extraction, but rather subject to place and circumstance.  Perhaps a nude stroller through town might be thrown in jail for a day or two.  (Today, he or she might be charged as a sexual offender in some places, subject to a long prison sentence.)  On the other hand, if you went down to the stream on a hot day, stripped off, and went for a swim, this was apparently considered quire natural and inoffensive.  Surely, if we know that Franklin and Adams were nude swimmers, it seems natural to think that many more mere plebeians of "less consequence" were as well, and that the absence of mention of such activities in the press of the day indicates this was not seen as a major social ill.


Later nineteenth century saw erosion of this "natural" attitude toward nudity in America, paralleling Victorian attitudes in Great Britain. The diary of Rev. Robert Francis Kilvert, a Church of England minister who grew up unselfconsciously swimming nude (like Franklin and Adams in America) provides a documentation of the gradual enforcement of wearing bathing suits in England. His entries include such as these from the 1870s: "There was a delicious feeling of freedom of stripping in the open air and running down naked to the sea .... "  (And which of us having the same experience cannot identify fully with Kilvert's comments!)  "At Seaton .. .I had in my ignorance bathed naked and set at nought the conventionalities of the place ... "  "At Shanklin one has to adopt the detestable custom of bathing in drawers."(2)


Organized nudist movements began as a reaction against such Victorian attitudes, first in Germany, slightly later in England, and eventually coming to America early in the 1930s, at a time when men could be arrested for going topless at many beaches in the U.S., the bare male chest being considered just as offensive as the bare female chest.  There were no American nudist clubs in 1930, but by the end of 1933 there were forty-four affiliated with the new American Sunbathing Association, years later renamed the current American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR).(3)


The term "deliberateness" is characteristic of the change to modern nudism.  The nudist had to deliberately challenge the current “norms” and “correctness”. And there was secrecy: club acquaintances were usually on a first-name-only basis, and the term "Health Club" was often used in preference to "Nudist Club" - not altogether inappropriately, as nudism certainly emphasized health and physical fitness; it was a true "back to nature" movement.


Of course, skinny-dipping had never entirely died out. Older Americans will still remember skinny-dipping in streams and ponds, nude Scout swims, and swimming nude at school.  My father swam nude in the school pool for classes, as was the norm.


But the "Age of Aquarius" in the 1960s began to expand attitudes toward social nudity: Woodstock, John Lennon and Yoko Ono nude on a record cover, hippie communes that accepted nudity; again posing the question: "Problem?  What's wrong with nudity?"


With rising attitudes of gender equality, men, women, and families sought remote beach areas where they could swim and sunbath socially in nature's wholly adequate swimwear.  They were, of course, preceded by others in Germany, in France, and in many other European countries: countries like tiny Holland that today has 160 designated nude beaches!


Certainly, attitudes have changed. Go to any beach in the U.S., and I'd contend that at least 90% of the swimwear would have been considered obscene in 1933.  As the 2006 NEF/Roper poll indicates, in comparison with the 1983 TNS/Gallup poll using the same questions, today’s Americans are more accepting of nudity.(4)  


The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) openly promotes nude recreation as a legitimate recreation choice through its "Nakation" promotion and through media placements. Members of The Naturist Society, the Naturist Action Committee, and the Naturist Education Foundation proudly present business cards with their names to legislators and community leaders.  Free Beaches advocates meet with legislators as open spokespersons for naturism.


Advocates of naturism and nudism promote the right of safe and responsible clothing-free recreation and continue to inform and exercise their rights to enjoy their freedoms in the sun.




 1) Francis Parkman: France and England in North America (Volume One), Library of America edition (New York, NY: 1983), pp. 44 and 290; additional references to Native American nudity passim.


 2) Quoted in Cec Cinder: The Nudist Idea, The Ultraviolet Press (Riverside, CA: 1998), pp. 331-333.


 3) Ibid, p. 532.


 4) www.naturisteducation.org


Changing Attitudes toward Nudity
Photo and Excerpts from an article by Michael Kush used with permission
N – The Magazine of Naturist Living
The Naturist Society
Spring, 2009
Feature section, p55


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