TOP 10 PARKS
Rapid City's parks are hidden gems for any visitor. Classic playgrounds, year-round events and outdoor recreation make Rapid City's parks an adventure you don’t want to miss! Check out these popular parks during your time in Rapid City.
1 - Canyon Lake Park
Visiting one of the original Rapid City parks is a vacation must. Spanning 29 acres and featuring the most expansive body of water in city limits, this park offers a gazebo and picnic areas, a bike bath, fishing spots, and pedal boat rentals. Found on the west side of Rapid City, its a great place to embark on an exciting outdoor adventure.
2 - Sioux Park
Year-round entertainment and sporting activities can be found throughout the 210 acres of Sioux Park. This park offers basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis and racquet ball courts and even a public pool. Beyond the sporting activities visitors can also enjoy picnic locations, floral gardens and playground equipment.
3 - Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park
Discover this patch of urban wilderness five minutes from Downtown Rapid City. Offering over 20 miles of trails to explore either on bike or on foot, Hanson-Larsen (also called M Hill) is a convenient place to escape to for some outdoor fun. Bouldering opportunities also exist within this park.
4 - Skyline Wilderness Area
Located next to our friends at Dinosaur Park, hike or bike through the pines as you explore the trails of Skyline Wilderness Area. This wilderness features a handful of overlooks to take in the expansive views of the city.
5 - Memorial Park
Wander through the beautiful features of Memorial Park, adjacent to Downtown Rapid City, discover memorials to the 1972 Rapid City Flood, a Black Hills Veterans Memorial, along with a piece of the Berlin Wall and more. The Legacy Commons playground includes five separate play areas for kids of different ages and abilities including a sensory play pod and garden and an accessible inclusive play area. This park is also home to a series of annual events like the Downtown Pumpkin Festival and the Hills Alive music festival.
6 - Founders Park
The name of park was chosen due to this being the original location where the “founders” of Rapid City camped while the town was being laid out. Today, this lush 60 acre park provides plenty of green space, sand volleyball courts, views of Rapid Creek and quick access to the hiking and biking trails of Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park.
7 - Braeburn Dog Park
The perfect place to let your dog loose for some off-leash fun is at Braeburn Dog Park. Found near Canyon Lake Park and Chapel in the Hills, this off-leash dog park offers plenty of space to run free, meet other furry friends and even enjoy a cooling dip in Rapid Creek.
8 - Robbinsdale Park
Home to baseball fields, BMX bike track, playgrounds and an expansive off-leash dog area – Robbinsdale Park offers a lot to its visitors. This park also features a bike path that connects the upper and lower picnic areas.
9 - Jackson Park
Get a breath of fresh air while taking on 18-holes of frisbee golf located in Jackson Park. Not big on frolfing? Jackson Park is still a beautiful place to relax, take in the sights and sounds of Rapid Creek and enjoy a picnic.
10 - Wilson Park
This patch of green space is found right on Mount Rushmore Road in Rapid City. Besides being a great place to enjoy a peaceful picnic near a variety of dining locations, Wilson Park also hosts a fair share of events through the year ranging from art festivals to Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. During the winter months, the park is flooded for free ice-skating fun.