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Gems in South Dakota - 10

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gem Favorite Yellow mounds overlook.

Yellow Mounds

(30) Kadoka, SD
gem Favorite Looking over the elevator building and other park buildings in Wind Cave National Park.

Wind Cave Guided Tours

(18) Hot Spr…, SD
gem Favorite Badlands National Park - Rim Road Overlook.

Roberts Prairie Dog Town

(22) Philip, SD
gem Favorite The Five Faces of Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

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

Little Devils Tower

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

Sylvan Lake

(11) Custer, SD
gem Favorite Spire 2 and the Khayyam Spire towering above the trail

The Cathedral Spires

(9) Custer, SD
gem Favorite A large storm blows into the park over Harney Peak.

Black Elk Peak

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

Blacktail Prairie Dog Town

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

Sioux Falls

(2) Sioux F…, SD

Recommended Routes in South Dakota - 20

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Favorite View from Black Elk Peak
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Favorite Prairie Dog and Shadow, Badlands National Park
Intermediate 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Badlands formations strike awe in the hearts of their visitors.
Difficult 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
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Favorite Looking Northeast across the canyon from the Hell Canyon Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Favorite Scree field on the west side.
Intermediate 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
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Favorite The historic tower commemorating the friendship of Seth Bullock and President Theodore Roosevelt on the top of Mount Roosevelt
Intermediate Intermediate

Mount Roosevelt Trail

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

Deadwood, SD
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Favorite View from Black Elk Peak
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Black Elk Peak Loop

15.7 mi 25.3 km 3,476' Up 1059.4 m Up 3,527' Down 1074.92 m Down

Custer, SD
Explore in 3D
Favorite Near the turn back point, looking back to the city.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/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
Explore in 3D
Favorite It gets a little rocky and steep.
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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South Dakota Hiking

  • 420 Miles 675 Kilometers of Trail
  • 20 Recommended Routes
  • 10 Gems Gems
  • 63 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 126 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 30 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in South Dakota - 199

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1Notch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Kadoka, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Kadoka, SD 79 
3.0 mi 4.9 km #2Sunday Gulch Trail
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD 39 
0.1 mi 0.2 km #3Door Trail
Easy Easy
Kadoka, SD
Easy Easy
Kadoka, SD 40 
0.3 mi 0.5 km #4Saddle Pass Trail
Difficult Difficult
Kadoka, SD
Difficult Difficult
Kadoka, SD 31 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #5Cathedral Spires Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 25 
5.3 mi 8.5 km #6Castle Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Kadoka, SD
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Kadoka, SD 26 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #7Harney Peak #9 (South)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 21 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD 19 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #9Little Devils Tower Trail
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult Difficult
Custer, SD
3.0 mi 4.9 km #10Lover's Leap Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate Intermediate
Custer, SD 17 

Photos of South Dakota - 290

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Sunset at Conata Basin Overlook.
Dec 16, 2015 near Kadoka, SD
Badlands Sunset.
Mar 24, 2016 near Kadoka, SD
A beautiful night sky in Badlands National Park.
Mar 24, 2016 near Kadoka, 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
Bisons in Black Hills National Forest
Sep 27, 2017 near Hot Spr…, SD
The layers and textures of the Badlands
Nov 15, 2017 near Kadoka, SD
Buffalo herd at dusk in Sage Creek Basin again a colorful formation.
Dec 6, 2019 near Kadoka, SD
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