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Top Visitor Questions From 2020

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.

December 21, 2020

As we come to the end of another year, it’s time to look back at the top visitor questions we received. While 2020 was anything from normal, Visit Rapid City received a variety of trip planning questions that will help you plan your future vacation. If you are planning a trip to Rapid City and have any questions, we are here for you! Reach out via phone, email or find us on social media.

1.    Must-do hiking trails?

Hikers at the summit of Buzzards Roost in the Black Hills
Buzzards Roost Hiking Trail

It comes as no surprise that this year, visitors were seeking out outdoor activities more than ever. Something we have a lot of. Our Top Ten Hiking Trails list is a great resource if you’re looking for the highest rated trails in our area. The list covers everywhere in the hills, ranging from 15 minutes outside of Rapid City to the one-of-a-kind Custer State Park. If you are visiting with small children and need trails your kids can handle, we have a great family hiking blog to help you plan! It’s also a great resource for those looking for hikes that are less strenuous.

2.    Camping options near Rapid City?

Pool at the Rapid City KOA Campground
Rapid City/Black Hills KOA

Many visitors and staycationers were looking for the exclusivity that camping provided in 2020. Rapid City offers some great options for camping and cabins within city limits, so you are close to all the amenities you need! Their locations span from conveniently off the interstate, surrounding the serene views of Canyon Lake Park, or on the road to Mount Rushmore. Check them out on our lodging page for more information!

3.    Best time of year to visit?

Person hiking in Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park

Depends on what you want your vacation to look like! We think Rapid City and the Black Hills are great year-round, but if you are looking to enjoy the attractions of the area, many are open in the late spring, through the summer, and into early fall. The parks, monuments, and outdoor activities are great all season long and seasonal changes can provide a completely new experience. Crowds at the memorials and parks decrease into the cooler months as well, which make it feel like you’ve got the place practically to yourselves. 

4.    Typical weather and what to do if it’s raining?

City of Presidents statue in the rain
City of Presidents

Weather in our area can be unpredictable at times. To help you can an idea what to plan, check out the chart below with average seasonal highs and lows.

 Avg. HighAvg. Low

The months of April, May and June is when we typically see the most rainfall. If it’s raining while you are in town, check out our Rainy Day Itinerary which has some great activity options!

If you are planning a visit to the area, we hope this answered a few of your questions. If you still have some, reach out to us at Visit Rapid City! You can also request our visitor guide to learn more!

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