If you’ve spent any time in the rapid City area, then you know how easy it is to find amazing trails, public land, and beautiful views with just a short drive. But what I didn’t realize was that I could find great hiking without ever leaving Rapid City. That’s when I learned about — and explored — the Skyline Wilderness Area and Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park.
The park sits right near historic Downtown Rapid City — in fact, it includes Founder’s Park and the aptly named Founders Rock. The rock shares a face with a bouldering route called Vegan. Why that name? Because of the meat-processing plant that used to operate there prior to flooding in the early 1970s. Now, it’s a spot where a lot of climbers get bouldering experience without ever leaving town.