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    • Wall, South Dakota

      Backpack to Deer Haven in Badlands NP

      4.5
      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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    • Spearfish, South Dakota

      Explore the Frozen Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon

      5.0
      There are a multitude of frozen waterfalls throughout Spearfish Canyon. Some require a short hike and others can be seen from the road. This adventure will describe how to access the three largest frozen falls.Take Spearfish Canyon Highway south out of the town of Spearfish SD. After roughly 6 mi...
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    • Keystone, South Dakota

      Hike Sunday Gulch Loop

      5.0
      2.8 mi / 400 ft gain
      To get to Sunday Gulch Trail you will need to walk around Sylvan Lake to the Northwest End of the Lake, there is a loop all the way around the lake, so either way will take you there. You will see a sign for Sunday Gulch Trail, it is trail #6.  The trail itself can be quite steep in places but it...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Hike the Lookout Point Loop at Wind Cave National Park

      3.5
      4.5 mi
      The Lookout Point Loop actually combines parts of three trails to bring you through some of Wind Cave's best prairieland. Begin at the trailhead for Centennial and Lookout Point off of Hwy 87 and take Lookout Point trail east to Beaver Creek. At Beaver Creek, you'll catch the Highland Creek Trail...
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    • Lead, South Dakota

      Hike the Roughlock Falls Trail

      4.0
      4.2 mi / 50 ft gain
      The trailhead to Roughlock Falls is in the town of Savoy, SD in the Black Hills. From Spearfish on I-90, head south on Route 14 for 15 miles into Savoy. There is only one road to make a right onto in town, Roughlock Falls Road. You can cheat and drive this all the way up to the falls for a quick ...
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    • Hermosa, South Dakota

      Explore the Spokane Ghost Town

      1 mi / 4521 ft gain
      Spokane will always be one of my favorite locations in the hills. The town was founded in 1890 and features 3 intact structures from that time. The most intact structure is the manager's house which you can find up on a hill behind the other buildings. A few years ago the old school house finally...
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    • Hill City, South Dakota

      Camp at Black Fox Campground

      Black Fox is 9 miles west of Rochford has nine campsites along the Rhoads Fork Creek where it meets up with the South Fork of Rapid Creek. Campsites are nicely arranged for the most part with a fire pit and picnic table at each site. From the campground there are many things to do, many people en...
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    • Interior, South Dakota

      Hike the Castle/Medicine Root Trail in Badlands National Park

      10 mi / 0 ft gain
      Very flat trail that is 10 miles round trip from the Door Trailhead to the Fossil Exhibit Trail and back. There is also parking along Old Northeast Road. Trail connects with the Saddle Pass Trail. Hiking in the summer can be very hot and the trail offers no shade. Beautiful views of the badlands ...
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    • Hot Springs, South Dakota

      Photograph Sunset at Wind Cave NP

      5.0
      Above the famous Wind Cave, miles of natural mixed-grass natural prairie cover the Black Hills. In summer, the lush grasses attract the park's free-roaming bison herd as well as elk, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets.One of the best spots for capturing sunset over the pra...
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    • Keystone, South Dakota

      Hike to Ingersoll Abandoned Mine

      2.5
      0.5 mi / 4990 ft gain
      Drive into Keystone, take a right on Old Hill City Road, drive for a little over two miles, you'll pass both Kemp's Kamp and the K Bar S Lodge, and look for Echo Valley Dr. on your left. As soon as you pass Echo Valley Dr, keep your eyes out for a pull off on the right. Once you get to the trailh...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Kayak Sylvan Lake

      4.0
      2 mi
      There are a few reservoirs within the hot and dry Black Hills of South Dakota. The water here comes from the harsh winter month's snowpack or frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Sylvan Lake in the town of Custer offers many activities thanks to it's unique and rugged terrain. Hiking, biking, rock c...
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    • Wall, South Dakota

      Camp at Sage Creek Campground

      4.4
      There are no designated sites in this first come-first serve campground managed by NPS. There are pit toilets available for campers and covered picnic tables. A nearby creek makes for a nice walk. Buffalo roam on the other side of the creek and have been known to enter the middle of the campgroun...
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    • Garretson, South Dakota

      Hike the King and Queen Trail at Palisades State Park

      4.5
      0.5 mi / 80 ft gain
      The hike is a very simple hike, you can make it longer or shorter as you would like. There is one spot were the trail gets a little steep and is rutted, you go from the rivers edge, to up on top of the cliffs and bluffs area.  Fall is a great time to go and visit Palisades State Park, with the Fa...
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    • Hot Springs, South Dakota

      Camp at Elk Mountain Campground in Wind Cave National Park

      4.0
      Elk Mountain Campground is in a secluded area of the park, providing plenty of peace and quiet. Sites operate on a first come, first serve basis, although the campground was less than half full when we stayed in the middle of busy summer months. There are about 64 sites available in the campgroun...
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    • Custer, South Dakota

      Camp at Sylvan Lake Campground

      5.0
      Medium-sized campground across the road from Sylvan Lake. Run by Custer State Park - reservations can be made online. Several individual sites are available for walk-in camping, which makes for a backcountry experience.Make you campsite reservation here: https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks...
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    • Keystone, South Dakota

      Hike Willow Creek Trail

      2.8 mi / 5200 ft gain
      The trailhead is located at the Willow Creek Horse Camp. This trail doesn't allow motorized vehicles but you may share it with some horses depending on when you venture onto the trail. The trail itself is pretty easy, it will take about 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace and is shaded for about h...
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    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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