Parks in Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City’s prime location at the foot of the Black Hills makes it the ideal place for all types of outdoor recreation and adventures. From leisurely hikes to kayaking to extreme mountain biking, you’ll find it all within the city limits of Rapid City.
Rapid City Urban Mountain Park
With 390 total acres, the Rapid City Urban Mountain Park includes the Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park, Chuck Lien Family Park, Founders Park, and the Rapid City Dirt Jump Park.
Skyline Drive Wilderness Area
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy incredible views of Rapid City and the surrounding area from the Skyline Drive Wilderness Area. This 150-acre park features numerous walking, biking, and hiking trails.
Below are some of our most popular parks. Click on the park name for a brief description and list of amenities.
View additional Rapid City Parks on the City of Rapid City website or call 605-394-5307.
CANYON LAKE PARK
Location: 4181 Jackson Boulevard, Rapid City, SD 57702
Canyon Lake Park is one of the oldest city parks in Rapid City. The park totals 29 acres and features several picnic areas, a fishing bridge, paddle boat rentals, and a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Canyon Lake Park is part of the Rapid City Historic District Tour.
-Four picnic pavilions
-Sand volleyball courts
Location: 1500 West Omaha Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
The name for Founders Park came from the fact that the original "founders" of Rapid City had camped on the site when the original town or Rapid City was being laid out. Founders Park is approximately 60 acres; most of the open space was acquired after the 1972 Flood. The parking lot is used as a popular trailhead for the bikepath, which runs along Rapid Creek, and for a local Farmers Market during the summer months.
-Sand volleyball courts
-Rapid Trout sculpture
HANSON-LARSEN MEMORIAL PARK
Location: M Hill aka Cowboy Hill
Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park (HLMP) is one of the premier mountain biking parks in the region, featuring over 12 miles of world-class trails for bikers, hikers and runners of all skill levels. The park is host to Black Hills Fat Tire Festival – a 3 day celebration of mountain biking – and trails providing bikers, hikers, runners, and climbers views of Mount Rushmore, Harney Peak, The Badlands, and Bear Butte.
Location: 444 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD 57701
Memorial Park, 27 acres in size, was acquired after the 1972 Flood and has become a "memorial" to the 238 people who lost their lives. The park links the downtown area, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City Central High School and The Journey Museum.
-Flood Memorial Fountain
-Formal Rose Garden
-Berlin Wall Exhibit
Location: 1000 Sheridan Lake Road, Rapid City, SD 57702
Sioux Park, located next to Storybook Island along Rapid Creek, contains 220 acres and is home to the William Noordermeer Formal Gardens.
-Jimmy Hilton Pool
-Picnic shelter with grills
-Track & football field
Location: 1701 Mt. Rushmore Road Rapid City, SD 57701
Wilson Park was constructed in the late 1930’s and is located in the West Boulevard Historic District. The 4-acre park features formal gardens that started out as a Japanese Garden, then abandoned after war was declared with Japan.
-Tennis courts (2)
-Ice skating pond (seasonal)