South Dakota

Find local adventures, unique places to stay, and guided adventure tours in South Dakota.

Top Adventures in South Dakota

  • Hike the Badlands' Notch Trail

    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 ladde...

  • Hike to Little Devil's Tower in the Black Hills

    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 ...

  • Hike the Sacred Steps of Bear Mountain

    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 comm...

    3.5 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Backcountry Camp off the Fossil Trailhead, Badlands NP

    Backcountry camping at Badlands National Park is very easy. While it is recommended that you contact a staff member at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or Pinnacles Entrance Station, it is not required. As long as you follow the rules, you can camp a...

    1.2 miles

  • Hiking to Harney Peak

    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 a...

  • Drive the Sage Creek Rim Road

    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 rea...

  • Hike to the Hippie Hole

    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 ...

    0.3 miles

  • Hike to the Cathedral Spires in the Black Hills

    This trail starts at the parking lot along the Needles Highway. Follow the trail to the spires. At the end of the trail, enjoy views of Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) to the northwest and the Badlands in the distance to the east.P.S. Keep y...

    3 miles 200 ft gain

  • Tour Wind Cave

    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...

    0.67 miles 6 ft gain

  • Hike to Poet's Table

    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...

    1 miles

  • Drive the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop

    Requires a state park pass to enter Custer State Park. Animals get very close to your car, but please do not touch or feed them. A visitor center on the south end of the road has great information regarding the park.  

  • 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 ...

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Custer, South Dakota

      Plenty Star Ranch – Wilderness Glamping Cabin

      This is "Wilderness Glamping" at its Finest! we have been told more than once now, that it is a dream for avid wilderness / primitive camper. The rustic tiny little camping cabin has one double be...

      From $121/night

    • Custer, South Dakota

      Iron Creek Horse Camp

      Overview Located 13 miles outside Custer, South Dakota, Iron Creek Horse Camp offers a peaceful setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation in Southeastern South Dakota's Black Hills Natio...

    • Deadwood, South Dakota

      Cabin At Green Mountain

      Towering pine trees, a lush meadow, a bubbling creek, and limestone cliffs rising in the distance inspire exploration as well as quiet introspection. This land comes with a story, and in the stilln...

      From $230/night

    • Fort Thompson, South Dakota

      Left Tailrace

      Overview Left Tailrace Campgound at the Big Bend Project, sits on the shore of Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River below Big Bend Dam. Just upstream of Left Tailrace, Lake Sharpe, a popular re...

    • Hill City, South Dakota

      Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch

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