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Outdoor Adventure in South Dakota

With vast areas of open wilderness, a bevy of beautiful buttes peppering the massive plains, and an array of lakes perfect for fishing, hunting, and boating, an outdoor adventure awaits when you visit South Dakota.

A land of prodigious history, you’ll travel through Wounded Knee, sight of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre – stop and take a look at the nearby Wounded Knee Massacre Monument on your way to Hot Springs, or Custer. 

Head to nearby Wind Cave National Park and explore the Elk hunting options. South Dakota is pleasant throughout the year, yielding an array of hiking and biking options.

In Hot Springs, set in western South Dakota, be sure to check out Wind Cave National Park, home of the fifth largest cave in the world. You’ll want to make plans to visit Wall, an affable city set east of Rapid City. Explore Wall and visit Badlands National Park. More than 240,000 acres of land means you’ll have a wealth of hiking options around the area – a sterling optio all year.

Summer visitors looking for water recreation make their way to Sturgis, home to the Bear Butte State Park, which yields fine bounties of fish. Sturgis is east of Deadwood – enjoy a tour of the Black Hills Mining Museum. Set in the eastern half of the state, head to Watertown where you’ll enjoy an aquatic adventure at Pelican Lake Recreation Area. Travel in from Huron, or Aberdeen. Pelican Lake Recreation Area is a popular winter destination for winter travelers who seek cross-country skiing.

Yankton, another charming city in eastern SD, is a fabulous destination when you’re looking to get out and explore the terrain via snowmobile. Make a day of it at the Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. Sioux Falls and Canistota are both set to the north, and yield swift access for winter travelers.