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Explore The Outdoor Attractions In Rapid City

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

October 05, 2020

Wanting to spend time exploring the outdoors in Rapid City? Recent influencer, Wes Eisenhauer, had an itinerary full of outdoor exploration that will inspire you for your own getaway!

It all starts with a great place to stay like The Rushmore Hotel and Suites. They offer modern amenities, a great downtown location, and outstanding customer service.

Entrance to Dinosaur Park in Rapid City


Located in the center of town are the trails and views of Skyline Wilderness Area. After a scenic, curvy drive up on Skyline Drive, you can select a trail from the six hiking or biking options this park offers. They provide a great escape to the forest while still in city limits paired with one of the best scenic overlooks the in the city. On the same ridge as the Skyline Wilderness Area you'll discover the quirky Dinosaur Park. Save some time to walk the park's path and visit seven depression era dinosaur statues that stand over the city. 

Skate boarder in Art Alley Downtown rapid City


Downtown Rapid City offers some unique outdoor activities. Beyond the City of Presidents self-guided walking tour, you can explore the walls of the most colorful alley in the area, Art Alley. Located between 6th and 7th Street, artists who obtain a permit can leave their mark making the walls an ever-changing canvas. Art Alley isn’t the only place to find to street art murals downtown. You can find stunning artwork at Firehouse Brewing Company, outside the Racing Magpie Gallery, and looking south from Main Street Square you can see the large Badlands mural on the side of the Elks Movie Theatre. 

End a first day full of adventures with a great dish from Dakotah Steakhouse! Serving up dishes featuring Elk, Bison, and Walleye, it’s a great place to get a taste of the area. 

Fuel up for more adventures with breakfast at Alternative Fuel Coffee House! Conveniently located at the Shops at Main Street Square, this locally owned shop offers some delicious breakfast options and a great cup of joe all in a cozy atmosphere. 

Canyon Lake Park in Rapid City, SD


Canyon Lake Park is an excellent place to get outside and relax. Enjoy the view as you stroll along the walking paths,  or take a seat and soak up some sun as you watch the ducks play on the water. Just up the road you can enjoy another peaceful outdoor attraction, Chapel in the Hills. Tour the grounds and admire the architecture of this Borgund Stavkirke replica.

When lunch time hits head to Tally’s Silver Spoon in Downtown Rapid City, they offer creative dishes that will leave your taste buds wanting more. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you could enjoy them for all meals of the day if you love their food as much as we do.

Mountain Biker at Hanson-Larsen Trails in Rapid City


Time to kick it into gear exploring the trails of Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park. The park offers over 20 miles of trails for hiking or mountain biking, along with bouldering spots for climbers. The best part is it’s only five minutes from Downtown Rapid City making it a convenient natural escape.

Artwork at Racing Magpie in Rapid City, SD


With all this outdoor adventure it's great to cool off with something inspirational and indoors. Housed inside the historic Aby’s Feed and Seed, the Racing Magpie gallery focuses on modern Native American art. Their mission is to provide a place where contemporary Native American artists can fully express themselves.

Pizza from Independent Ale House in Rapid City


Celebrate another day of fun with the perfect pair at Independent Ale House – pizza and beer. With over 40 options on tap, it’s a great place to sit back, sip, savor and relax. 

If you aren't ready for the night to end, get nostalgic with a visit to Press Start a local arcade bar. Once you have your quarters in hand you can kick it old school with Pac Man, Frogger, Ski Ball and more in the blast for the past. 

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