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    • Interior, South Dakota

      Hike the Badlands' Notch Trail

      4.5
      Notch Trail is on the south end of the Door Trail car park.The Trail sorta follows a dry river bed but there is also a actual trail you can also follow. It winds through the gulch and about half a mile or so you come to a 50 foot ladder. The ladder is a pretty easy climb up but can be a little mo...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Hike to Little Devil's Tower in the Black Hills

      5.0
      The trail starts at the Little Devil's Tower Trailhead which is located roughly one mile east of Sylvan Lake on Highway 87. Take Trail #4 for around 1/2 mile until a fork in the trail. The right fork takes you to Harney Peak, while the left takes you to Little Devils Tower. Along the trail there ...
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    • Vale, South Dakota

      Hike the Sacred Steps of Bear Mountain

      4.2
      3.5 mi / 1200 ft gain
      Bear Mountain or Mathó Pahá as it's called by the Lakota peoples, is the leftover remnants of an ancient volcanic plug. The mountain weathered away, to leave the harder igneous formation, for which plains tribes have been coming to for sacred communication with their Creator for 10,000 years. Thi...
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    • Keystone, South Dakota

      Hiking to Harney Peak

      4.9
      The Harney Peak Trailhead #9 is located in the northwest corner of the parking lot just beyond Sylvan Lake. From there, the hike is very straight forward – the beginning of the trail is very moderate, being slightly flat with a few ups and downs along the way.Once you cross into the Black Elk Wil...
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    • Interior, South Dakota

      Drive the Sage Creek Rim Road

      4.8
      A labyrinth of gullies, hoodoos, and ravines, Badlands National Park in western South Dakota is a welcome break from the unrelenting flatness of the surrounding prairie. The remote park is also a paradise for backcountry hikers and campers who really want to escape the crowds and explore wilderne...
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    • Keystone, South Dakota

      Hippie Hole

      4.8
      0.3 mi
      While making your way to the parking area, you'll keep right for the most part. You'll also need a high clearance vehicle or the patience to drive very slowly. The dirt road to the trailhead is full of dips, holes, rocks, and essentially could be a close relative of off roading. If you do not hav...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills

      4.8
      1.65 mi / 200 ft gain
      This is a moderate hike with a huge payout in the form of some of the Black Hills' most beautiful features — tall granite spires rising hundreds of feet above the surrounding terrain, reaching a maximum height of 6,860 feet. Starting from the Cathedral Spires Trailhead --where you may be treated...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Poet's Table

      5.0
      0.86 mi / 374 ft gain
      This hike starts at the Little Devil's Towers trailhead just east of Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Follow the main trail from the parking lot about 300 yards then there will be an unmarked trail off to the left, it is a beaten path more than a trail. The trail that leads up to Poet's Table ve...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Drive the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop

      4.7
      The Custer State Park Wildlife Loop runs for 18 miles across beautiful grasslands and pine-speckled slopes that are home to much of the park's wildlife. Bison, pronghorn, whitetail, mule deer, elk, coyotes, burros, prairie dogs, eagles, hawks, and a variety of other birds may be spotted along the...
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    • Hot Springs, South Dakota

      Tour Wind Cave

      4.8
      0.67 mi / 6 ft gain
      Established in 1903, Wind Cave National Park is home to over 140 miles of mapped cave passages. The cave features 95% of the world's known boxwork calcite formations and got its name from the sound of rushing wind created at its few small openings.A guided tour is the only way to see the cave sys...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Drive Needles Highway in Custer State Park

      4.8
      Perfect for a pre or post Black Hills/Badlands adventure, Needles Highway is the joyride of a lifetime.  Entrance to Custer State Park costs 10 dollars, and do be prepared to keep it in low gear behind RVs and motorcycles. Pull-offs for photos and general marveling are frequent. 
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    • Hermosa, South Dakota

      Stargaze at Spokane Ghost Town

      Great all year long but, especially stunning when the galactic center of the Milky Way is visible from Spring to Fall, Spokane Ghost Town is a local favorite and a hidden gem. Set up your camera, and light paint some old buildings! The ghost town was originally a mine founded in the late 1800's w...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Tour Jewel Cave

      4.0
      0.5 mi / 20 ft gain
      Established in 1908, Jewel Cave National Monument is home to over 179 miles of mapped cave passages. The cave features larger chambers and more interesting formations then nearby Wind Cave NP, and much of it is covered in spar crystals.A guided tour is the only way to see the cave system unless y...
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    • Interior, South Dakota

      Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

      5.0
      0.62 mi / 43 ft gain
      About 4 miles south of the Northeast Park Entrance, just past the Castle Trailhead, is the Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead. It sits on the outside of the cliff formation facing open space just through Cedar Pass. There is a parking lot here typically filled with people soaking in the panoramic views...
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    • Lead, South Dakota

      Hike to Devil's Bathtub, Black Hills National Forest

      5.0
      1 mi
      Before you start this adventure, make sure you're wearing shoes that will not be ruined by crossing creeks. There are several stream crossings so wear waterproof boots or sturdy hiking sandals (I prefer my Original Universal Tevas or my KEEN Whisper Sandal).  The pull off to start the hike is abo...
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    • Interior, South Dakota

      Door Trail in Badlands NP

      4.0
      0.86 mi
      A perfect intro to the magnificence of Badlands National Park, the Door Trail is located in between the Ben Reifel Visitor Center and the northeast entrance of the park. Other trails that can be accessed at this parking lot are the Door Trail, the Window Trail, the Notch Trail and Castle Trai...
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    Go Great Places in South Dakota

    In the Mount Rushmore state, travels to South Dakota are full of one-of-a-kind adventure with wide-open spaces as endless as the horizons. Between legendary landscapes and scenic drives, you can always find space that shifts life into park. When you’re ready, go great places.

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    Camping and Lodging in South Dakota

    Custer / Mount Rushmore / Black Hills KOA Holiday
    Custer, South Dakota

    Custer / Mount Rushmore / Black Hills KOA Holiday

    Iron Creek Horse Camp
    Custer, South Dakota

    Iron Creek Horse Camp

    Left Tailrace
    Fort Thompson, South Dakota

    Left Tailrace

    Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch
    Hill City, South Dakota

    Mount Rushmore KOA Resort at Palmer Gulch

    Hot Springs SD / Black Hills KOA Holiday
    Hot Springs, South Dakota

    Hot Springs SD / Black Hills KOA Holiday

    Cedar Pass Lodge (Badlands NP)
    Cedar Pass Lodge, South Dakota

    Cedar Pass Lodge (Badlands NP)

    From $200 / night

    Guides, Insights and Stories from South Dakota

    Floating Down the Cheyenne River

    Floating Down the Cheyenne River

    Isaac Parsons

    7 Fun Adventures in South Dakota

    7 Fun Adventures in South Dakota

    The Outbound Collective

    Pierre Avoi Sunset: 360° View over the Swiss Alps

    Pierre Avoi Sunset: 360° View over the Swiss Alps

    Reinier Blijleven