Hiking Project Logo

Sanctuary Trail

Easy

Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 86' 26 m
Descent: -308' -94 m
High: 4,528' 1,380 m
Low: 4,248' 1,295 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Hunter R

Former homesteads abound on this rolling trail through the prairie.

Hunter R

Features Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love searching for prairie dogs and past homesteads along the trail.

Description

Prepare your powers of observation before starting the Sanctuary Trail, as they will surely be put to the test!

Beginning at the Sanctuary Trail Parking Area, head east along the road for a short while before reaching the trailhead on your right. Continue down the trail, passing through prairie lands and mixed forests as you gently descend.

Along the route, keep your eyes peeled for signs of past homesteads, as they are abundant in this area but sometimes tricky to spot. For those wishing for an even greater challenge, turn your eyes to the ground and see if you can spot evidence of prairie dog colonies. Dog towns, as they are called, pop up all over this region, but are particularly large in this area.

Eventually, the trail ends in a junction with the Highland Creek Trail. Visitors to the Sanctuary Trail can either return the way they came, or preemptively place a shuttle vehicle at the Highland Creek Trail Parking Area to return to the Sanctuary Trail Parking Area.

Flora & Fauna

Prairie dogs are abundant in this area.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Photos, ADA Accessible, Need to Know

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Sep 2, 2016
Lara Richardson
1mi — 1h 00m

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#11689

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#39

in South Dakota

#11,689

Overall
5 Views Last Month
405 Since Oct 1, 2015
Easy

100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking