South Dakota — National Park Explorers

Category: South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park

    Badlands National Park

    Badlands National Park preserves 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires in southwestern South Dakota.     We love hiking the Badlands!   […]

     
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site near Wall, South Dakota preserves a terrifying relic of our Cold War with the Soviet Union (USSR).  By the […]

     
  • Buffalo Gap National Grassland

    Buffalo Gap National Grassland

    Buffalo Gap National Grassland in southwestern South Dakota is the second-largest grassland in the United States and covers nearly 600,000 acres.  The grassland is a […]

     
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  • Custer State Park

    Custer State Park

    Custer State Park and Wildlife Preserve is South Dakota’s first and largest state park, protecting 71,000 acres of hilly terrain.  The park was named after […]

     
  • Mount Rushmore National Monument

    Mount Rushmore National Monument

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in southwestern South Dakota.  The sculptures are 60-foot high heads […]

     
  • Jewel Cave National Monument

    Jewel Cave National Monument

    Jewel Cave National Monument protects Jewel Cave, currently the second longest known cave in the world with over 160 miles of discovered passageways and several […]

     
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  • Wind Cave National Park

    Wind Cave National Park

    Wind Cave National Park was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt as the seventh national park.  The cave is world-renowned for its calcite boxwork […]

     
  • Black Hills National Forest

    Black Hills National Forest

    The Black Hills National Forest protects over 1.25 million acres in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.  One of the highlights is Harney Peak.  At […]

     
  • Planned Stop #46: Badlands

    Planned Stop #46: Badlands

    Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie […]

     
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  • Planned Stop #47: Mt. Rushmore

    Planned Stop #47: Mt. Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota.  Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and […]

     
  • Planned Stop #48: Custer

    Planned Stop #48: Custer

    Custer State Park is located in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota.  The park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park, named after […]

     
  • Planned Stop #49: Wind Cave

    Planned Stop #49: Wind Cave

    Wind Cave National Park in western South Dakota was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt.  It was the seventh U.S. National Park and the […]

     
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