Carrie Gerlach, founder and owner of Black Hills Adventure Tours has always had a love for nature. Carrie grew up in British Columbia, an area with topography similar to the Black Hills area. At 10 years old she and her family relocated to the Black Hills where they spent much of their time hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling all around the nation and the world.
After a certain age Carrie realized she didn’t want to work for anyone else again, and she wanted to do something for herself. Thus, Black Hills Adventure Tours was born. In 2005 Carrie took a leap of faith and has now been in the tour business for 17 years.
Her passion for meeting new people, outdoor activity and showing off the beautiful Black Hills has led to a successful business with nearly 20 employees!
Black Hills Adventure Tour wouldn’t be what it is without the hard work and dedication of all our tour guides. They are passionate, knowledgeable, and have a true love for nature and sharing it with others.
meet our team
Denny Gienger has been a part of Black Hills Adventure Tours for three years. As a tour guide Denny loves being able to share his interest and knowledge of the area with others. Denny has always been a history buff, and is especially fascinated with SD history. Having the ability to bring that history to life and create a memorable experience is why Denny loves his work. Denny’s favorite thing about working at Black Hills Adventure Tours is his fellow guides. Each of our guides truly loves what they do and works hard to give each and every guest the experience of a lifetime. When Denny isn’t hanging out at Sylvan Lake or Roughlock Falls in the Black Hills you can find him spending his winters in sunny Arizona working on his golf game.
Christine has been a tour guide with Black Hills Adventure Tours for three seasons. Christine has always been a fan of walking and hiking and she loves getting to show people something they have never seen before. These passions are great for her role at Black Hills Adventure Tours where she says her favorite thing about it is being able to see something new through someone else’s eyes. Christine’s favorite tour was a Badlands tour she led with a family. She had a blast quizzing the children about what they had seen. In addition to getting to show people the beautiful Black Hills, Christine is grateful for the friends she has come to know through working at Black Hills Adventure Tours.
Tammy Field has been a bus driver for Black Hills adventure Tours for four years. Her favorite part about working at Black Hills Adventure Tours is working with her amazing boss Carrie and getting the opportunity to meet new people. Some of her favorite memories from working at Black Hills Adventure Tours are getting to see all the motorcycles in the area from all over the United States. In her free time, Tammy enjoys taking her Jeep for a ride in the hills and crocheting.
Rick and Vicki Schurter
Rich and Vicki Schurter have been a part of Black Hills Adventure Tours team for three years. As retired history teachers they love getting to share their knowledge and love of the region with others. The best tour they have ever been on was a three day tour with a family whose mother was battling cancer. Rick said “Grace, courage, and love of the Black hills were on constant display.” When Rick and Vicki aren’t spending time visiting their grandchildren they love spending time hiking and camping.
Kevin Dorsman is an adventure guide, a full time English teacher and a self-proclaimed “rad guy”. He has been a part of the Black Hills Adventure Tours team for six years. He loves the job because he has the ability to share his passion of the Black Hills with visitors. As a lover of adventure, Kevin’s favorite tours are those with clients that are willing to step outside the box. In his free time Kevin is an artist, musician, rock climber and snowboarder. His favorite place in the Black Hills is deep in the Cathedral Spires. If you are looking for a fun, action-packed adventure, Kevin is your guy!
Glen Taylor has been a guide with Black Hills Adventure Tours for four years. His favorite part of the job is getting to show new friends the beauty of the Black Hills and surrounding areas. One of the best tours he has ever led was a son taking his father on an adventure off the fathers bucket list. He loves getting the opportunity to meet new people and see how much fun they have enjoying our area. When Glen isn’t leading tours you can find him traveling in his RV, hiking, and cutting fire wood.
Julie Gienger has been a part of the Black Hills Adventure Tours family for 17 years! Julie is the mother of Carrie Gerlach, owner and founder of Black Hills Adventure Tours. Julie got involved to help her daughter explore her new adventure but has stuck around because she loves seeing the smiles on the faces of guests while they enjoy the Black Hills. Julie loves working at Black Hills Adventure Tours because of the environment. She says all the staff loves getting together outside of work and they are one big happy family. Outside of work, Julie enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and making her friends and family taste test her creations.
Debbie Pack has lived in the Black Hills for over 30 years and is still learning something new every time she goes exploring! As an employee for one season Debbie loves meeting new people and gaining a new perspective on the place she calls home. She loves getting the chance to share the Black Hills, and their rich history, with others. One of Debbie’s favorite things about Black Hills Adventure Tours is working for Carrie. Debbie says, “She is so passionate about the work she does and the people she serves.” When Debbie isn’t working you can find her singing, gardening, or enjoying the view from the top of Black Elk Peak.
Kim Weyer has worked at Black Hills Adventure Tours for four years, while also maintaining a job as a nurse. While nursing is her main job, she loves getting to play outside and share her passion for nature with others. As an advocate for our parks and wilderness, Kim loves working at Black Hills Adventure Tours because she gets to spend time with like minded people. Kim’s favorite memory at work is taking a group of travelers kayaking on Sylvan Lake. The travelers pushed out with a little fear and came back with a look of pure joy on their faces!
Annabelle Bowers has worked at Black Hills Adventure tours and is the current marketing assistant. She became interested in this job because of her love of the Black Hills. Annabelle’s favorite memory from work is hiking to the top of Crazy Horse. When she isn’t at work you can find her exploring in the hills. Annabelle enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding at her favorite spot in the Black Hills, Jenny Gulch at Pactola reservoir.
This will be Mark’s second season at Black Hills Adventure Tours. Mark loves helping folks enjoy the Black Hills and there is nothing he enjoys more than knowing his guests had a good time. Mark says he is lucky to spend his days showing people around this slice of paradise and seeing their appreciation for it begin to take hold. In addition, Mark is a family man. Out of work, he loves to fish, hunt, and hike with family.
Michael Wickwire has been at Black hills Adventure Tours for four years. He is Carrie’s assistant. Starting out by helping Carrie with transportation, Michael then moved into a support role. “Carrie is very knowledgeable and passionate about what she does, and I wanted to help grow her business and support her.
Jamie McSherry has been a guide at Black Hills Adventure Tours for one year. He joined this team for the ability to make a living doing something he loved! His favorite part is showing families the beautiful area and helping them create memories for life. Once Jamie had the honor of taking a married couple in their 80’s on a 5-mile hike for their 50th Anniversary. In his spare time you can catch Jamie hiking, camping, and on road trips.
Mickey Higgins has been on the Black Hills Adventure Tours for three years. She became interested in this job when she had the opportunity to be outdoors and share the area with visitors. She also enjoys the flexibility that allows her to work part-time. She says her boss Carrie is a jewel. She will work to provide you all the tools to ensure our visitors have the best time. Mickey’s favorite tour was with a group of young men using their phones to call birds, and actually succeeded at calling in a few!
Robby Chavira is a tour guide, bicycle tech, and a sorter of UPS. This job caught Robby’s eye because it involved his love of the outdoors. He looks forward to having customers that are seeking an unforgettable adventure and vacation. Although Robby keeps his secret locations in the hills a secret you can often find time biking, fishing, hunting, trail running, mushroom hunting and more!
The main reason I wanted this job, is because I love working and talking with people! I enjoy making people smile and I am always full of random facts, and I adore being active in general. I might as well get paid to do something I love. The kindness and fun I saw the other tour guides having really inspired me. They were always a blast to work with at Rushmore and out of most of the companies they happily adapted to any changes and didn’t complain. So many other tour companies tried getting away with parking in the wrong areas or throwing fits over anything. It was always a relief and downright excitement to see Black Hills Adventure Tours rolling in.
Austin has been a part of the Black Hills Adventure Tours team for one season. He loves being in the outdoors and the Black Hills have always had a piece of his heart growing up. So, when he found a job opportunity that would allow him to show visitors all of the things he loves about the area he knew he couldn't pass that up. His favorite part of the job is that every tour group is different, coming from all over the country to see and learn about the area. In his free time Austin enjoys rock climbing, yoga, slack lining, hiking, camping and basically anything related to being outdoors. Austin says one of his favorite places in the area is Sylvan Lake in Custer State park because all the beautiful sights and hikes in the area.
Rose has been a tour guide at Black Hills Adventure tours for two seasons. She was interested in the job because of the flexibility it offered and the ability to spend time doing outdoor activities. Her favorite part of the job is getting to meet interesting people and sharing in their vacation adventures. Of course, she also loves getting to show off the beautiful Black Hills. One of rose’s favorite memories from work was a tour she led in the wildlife loop in Custer State Park. They came upon a group of buffalo cows that had recently given birth. They shut off the vehicle and had a wonderful time watching and listening to the calves play together.
Tim is new to the Black Hills Adventure Tours team kicking off his first season ever! Tim became interested in this job because he has always loved the history of the Black Hills. He is also an avid hiker and kayaker so this job gave him the ability to live out his passions. Tim says his favorite part of the job is the family atmosphere. All the guides truly care about each other which then translates into providing amazing tours. Tim says his favorite memory so far has been training for the job and getting to go out and explore nature.