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Gems in South Dakota - 9

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gem Favorite Yellow mounds overlook.

Yellow Mounds

(22) Kadoka, SD
gem Favorite Boxwork can be seen on the cave ceiling.

Wind Cave Guided Tours

(13) Hot Spr…, SD
gem Favorite The walk to Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore

(11) Custer, SD
gem Favorite Some nice climbing on the rocks around Sylvan Lake.

Sylvan Lake

(10) Custer, SD
gem Favorite The Cathedral Spires seen from the summit of Little Devils Tower

Little Devils Tower

(5) Custer, SD
gem Favorite Badlands National Park - Rim Road Overlook.

Roberts Prairie Dog Town

(14) Philip, SD
gem Favorite Spire 2 and the Khayyam Spire towering above the trail

The Cathedral Spires

(7) Custer, SD
gem Favorite A bison nibbles at roadside greenery near the prairie dog town.

Blacktail Prairie Dog Town

(6) Hot Spr…, SD
gem Favorite Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls

(1) Sioux F…, SD

Recommended Routes in South Dakota - 20

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Favorite A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult

Black Elk Peak Loop

7.9 mi 12.7 km 1,357' Up 413.68 m Up 1,357' Down 413.67 m Down

Custer, SD
Favorite Badlands formations strike awe in the hearts of their visitors.
Difficult

Sage Creek Wilderness Area Loop

22.2 mi 35.7 km 639' Up 194.73 m Up 639' Down 194.75 m Down

Kadoka, SD
Favorite Storm clouds on the Castle Trail.
Intermediate

Badlands: Medicine Root/Castle/Saddle Pass Loop

7.0 mi 11.2 km 189' Up 57.51 m Up 189' Down 57.51 m Down

Kadoka, SD
Favorite Looking Northeast across the canyon from the Hell Canyon Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Hell Canyon Trail

5.4 mi 8.7 km 606' Up 184.71 m Up 629' Down 191.69 m Down

Custer, SD
Favorite Near the turn back point, looking back to the city.
Difficult

Far East / Founders Valley Loop

2.9 mi 4.7 km 327' Up 99.58 m Up 327' Down 99.79 m Down

Rapid City, SD
Favorite Scree field on the west side.
Intermediate

Crow Peak Trail (#64)

6.3 mi 10.2 km 1,521' Up 463.73 m Up 1,521' Down 463.64 m Down

North S…, SD
Favorite The historic tower commemorating the friendship of Seth Bullock and President Theodore Roosevelt on the top of Mount Roosevelt
Intermediate

Mount Roosevelt Trail

0.7 mi 1.2 km 156' Up 47.43 m Up 156' Down 47.43 m Down

Deadwood, SD
Favorite It gets a little rocky and steep.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sanctuary/ Centennial/ Highland Creek Loop

11.2 mi 18.0 km 839' Up 255.58 m Up 839' Down 255.78 m Down

Hot Spr…, SD
Favorite Mount Rushmore from The Centennial Trail.
Difficult

Horsethief Lake Loop

11.1 mi 17.9 km 1,672' Up 509.77 m Up 1,672' Down 509.72 m Down

Custer, SD

South Dakota Hiking

  • 535 Miles 862 Kilometers of Trail
  • 20 Recommended Routes
  • 9 Gems Gems
  • 41 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 85 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 15 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in South Dakota - 121

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1Notch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Kadoka, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Kadoka, SD 68 
3.0 mi 4.9 km #2Sunday Gulch Trail
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD 35 
0.3 mi 0.5 km #3Saddle Pass Trail
Difficult
Kadoka, SD
Difficult
Kadoka, SD 28 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #4Harney Peak #9 (South)
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 20 
0.1 mi 0.2 km #5Door Trail
Easy
Kadoka, SD
Easy
Kadoka, SD 31 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #6Cathedral Spires Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 19 
5.3 mi 8.5 km #7Castle Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kadoka, SD
Easy/Intermediate
Kadoka, SD 19 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD 14 
3.0 mi 4.9 km #9Lover's Leap Trail
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD 15 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #10Harney Peak #9 (North)
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD

Photos of South Dakota - 244

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Sunset at Conata Basin Overlook.
Dec 16, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
The layers and textures of the Badlands
Nov 15, 2017 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands Sunset.
Mar 24, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Bisons in Black Hills National Forest
Sep 27, 2017 near Hot Spr…, SD
Badlands National Park.
Mar 24, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands formations strike awe in the hearts of their visitors.
Jun 4, 2017 near Kadoka, SD
Buffalo herd at dusk in Sage Creek Basin again a colorful formation.
Dec 6, 2019 near Kadoka, SD
Big Horn in Badlands
Sep 25, 2016 near Kadoka, SD