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The Best Backpacking in South Dakota

Looking for the best backpacking in South Dakota? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around South Dakota. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top backpacking spots in and near South Dakota

  • Wall, South Dakota

    Backcountry Camp off the Fossil Trailhead, Badlands NP

    4.2
    1.2 mi
    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 anywhere in the park at any time. If you do have an...
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  • Wall, South Dakota

    Backpack to Deer Haven in Badlands NP

    4.0
    7 mi
    The Badlands defy description. The alien landscape, the unfamiliar silence, the insistence of wildlife, the brilliant night sky--these things inspire a profundity almost impossible to convey. Seeing the Badlands is a visceral experience, being in them is something else entirely.  Yes, you can get...
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  • Keystone, South Dakota

    Black Elk Peak and Little Devil's Tower Loop

    7.85 mi / 1621 ft gain
    Black Elk Peak and Little Devil's Tower Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Custer, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Centennial Trail: Spring Creek to Dakota Point

    3.79 mi / 607 ft gain
    Centennial Trail: Spring Creek to Dakota Point is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Keystone, South Dakota.
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  • Rapid City, South Dakota

    Centennial, George S. Michelson and Deerfield Trail Loop

    128.18 mi / 14239 ft gain
    Centennial, George S. Michelson and Deerfield Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Rapid City, South Dakota.
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