Outdoor Vacations

WHEN YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE, EVERY ADVENTURE IS EPIC

Routines and responsibilities, this is not your day. Summer was made for escape and free-range adventuring! On vacation in Rapid City, trails, climbs and streams are dependable escape routes, taking you into the heart of South Dakota’s adventure country. With eight major parks and monuments nearby, the Black Hills to the west and the Badlands to the east, chasing the Mount Rushmore of outdoor vacations is your only job.

Outdoor activities here are just as challenging as you want to make them. Hiking trails in the Rapid City area range from easy nature walks to skill-testing treks. For something casual, walk along the Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore and don't forget to share your #MyRushmore experience. If you're up for a challenge, plan on the strenuous Crow Peak Trail #64 in the Black Hills National Forest. And if you’re searching for something more mysterious, explore the surreal landscape of Badlands National ParkThey all promise views you’ll want to capture. 

Nature-loving experiences don't stop at hiking. Put a few miles behind you touring the region’s biking trails for adventure that's definitely worth the workout. Clear your head with perspective-altering rock climbing – challenges at Falling Rock, Cliffs of Dune and the Experimental Forest will keep you on your toes. Chill out on the water for tubing, canoeing, kayaking and boating – from Rapid City, you can reach the boat dock at Sheridan or Pactola Lake in just 30 minutes and the shores of Rapid Creek even sooner. Cruise scenic highways throughout the Black Hills for stellar views and a driving experience that's spectacular in every season. 

At the end of an adventure-packed day, when outdoor attractions and non-stop physical activity result in major hunger and big thirst, Rapid City has you covered. Hearty, healthy and delicious options make exploring the local dining scene and downtown celebrations a required part of the adventure. 

BLACK HILLS ADVENTURE TOURS

From sightseeing with friends and family to specialty tours for extreme outdoor enthusiasts, let the pros guide you to Black Hills adventure that's just right for your skills.

GRAB A PADDLE AND JUMP IN

Try-it Days and learning sessions make all kinds of outdoor adventures and nature experiences accessible at The Outdoor Campus West.

There’s a Cold One Waiting For You

There’s nothing like a locally brewed craft beer to put the perfect finish on your day of outdoor adventure. 

Upcoming Events

Outdoor University

Outdoor University
Jul 8, 2017

Outdoor University Try a variety of outdoor skills like archery, BB gun shooting, canoeing & kayaking and more at this free family event. Game, Fish & Parks biologists and staff will have stations for you to try some hands-on activities that showcase the tools GF&P uses to manage...Read more

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