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368 mi 593 km of trail 16 Recommended Routes

Gems 8 Gems Easy Trails 28 Trails Intermediate Trails 67 Trails Hard Trails 18 Trails
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Gems in Western S. Dakota - 8

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gem Favorite Boxwork can be seen on the cave ceiling.

Wind Cave Guided Tours

(13) Hot Spr…, SD
gem Favorite Yellow mounds overlook

Yellow Mounds

(20) Kadoka, SD
gem Favorite The walk to Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore

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

Sylvan Lake

(9) 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

(11) 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

Recommended Routes in Western S. Dakota - 16

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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 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
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 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 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

Trails in Western S. Dakota - 97

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1Notch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Kadoka, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Kadoka, SD 54 
3.0 mi 4.9 km #2Sunday Gulch Trail
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD 29 
0.3 mi 0.5 km #3Saddle Pass Trail
Difficult
Kadoka, SD
Difficult
Kadoka, SD 26 
3.3 mi 5.4 km #4Harney Peak #9 (South)
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 19 
5.3 mi 8.5 km #5Castle Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Kadoka, SD
Easy/Intermediate
Kadoka, SD 19 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #6Cathedral Spires Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD 15 
0.1 mi 0.2 km #7Door Trail
Easy
Kadoka, SD
Easy
Kadoka, SD 26 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Sylvan Lake Shore Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD
Easy/Intermediate
Custer, SD 11 
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
6.1 mi 9.8 km #11Norbeck #3
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD
1.6 mi 2.6 km #12Willow Creek Rushmore Trail #5
Intermediate
Custer, SD
Intermediate
Custer, SD
12.1 mi 19.5 km #13Centennial Trail - Dalton TH to Elk Creek TH
Difficult
Summerset, SD
Difficult
Summerset, SD
0.8 mi 1.2 km #14Founders Valley
Intermediate
Rapid City, SD
Intermediate
Rapid City, SD
5.6 mi 9.1 km #15Centennial Trail - Deer Creek TH to Rapid Creek TH
Difficult
Blackhawk, SD
Difficult
Blackhawk, SD
0.4 mi 0.7 km #16Lower Rock Garden
Difficult
Rapid City, SD
Difficult
Rapid City, SD
0.8 mi 1.2 km #17North Horseshoe
Intermediate
Rapid City, SD
Intermediate
Rapid City, SD
0.7 mi 1.1 km #18South Horseshoe
Difficult
Rapid City, SD
Difficult
Rapid City, SD
0.4 mi 0.6 km #19Little Devils Tower Trail
Difficult
Custer, SD
Difficult
Custer, SD
2.4 mi 3.8 km #20Little Devils Tower Trail #4
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD
Intermediate/Difficult
Custer, SD

Photos of Western S. Dakota - 226

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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
Yellow mounds overlook
Aug 5, 2020 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