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Prairie Vista Trail

Easy/Intermediate
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Scenic prariescapes await all who travel the Prairie Vista Trail.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Loop

4,188' 1,276 m

High

4,101' 1,250 m

Low

88' 27 m

Up

84' 26 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly The short length and moderate grades along this trail make it a wonderful option for families with children.

Description

Hop on the Prairie Vista Trail for a relaxing experience amidst golden grasslands and rolling South Dakotan hills.

Starting at either the visitor center or the picnic area, head north along the trail, taking time to absorb your beautiful surroundings as you wander across the prairie. Be sure to bring your camera, as this trail provides visitors with numerous opportunities for beautiful photographs.

Whether it follows a tour of the visitor center or a delicious lunch at the picnic area, a hike on the Prairie Vista Trail is the perfect way to spend part of your afternoon.

Flora & Fauna

Be sure to check out the trailside kiosks for wonderfully detailed information about the local flora and fauna.

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Hunter R

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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  3.3 from 3 votes
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#75

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Views of the Black Hills and prairies from the Prairie Vista Trail.
Nov 4, 2021 near Hot Spr…, SD
Looking over the elevator building and other park buildings in Wind Cave National Park.
Nov 4, 2021 near Hot Spr…, SD
Wind Cave natural entrance.
Nov 4, 2021 near Hot Spr…, SD
The trail climbs the hill to better views of the park.
Nov 4, 2021 near Hot Spr…, SD
Stairs climb up the hillside away from the natural entrance.
Nov 4, 2021 near Hot Spr…, SD

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Sep 30, 2021
David Hitchcock
Jun 4, 2021
M S
May 31, 2021
Beverly Hand-Marhefka
stopped to watch the buffalo. great little trail — 0h 45m
May 15, 2021
Anna Yorobe
Oct 11, 2020
Anne Cowles
Feb 8, 2020
Tom Herr
Walk around the hillside by the Visitor Center that goes by the opening of the Wind Cave. 0.7mi
Sep 4, 2019
Ka Do
May 22, 2019
Katie C
Saw a coyote as we climbed the ridge to the prairie, ground was still snow covered. At least 6 inches of snow.