South Dakota's National Parks

Explore the Park Sites in the Keystone State


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Across South Dakota and it's wide range of landscapes – from the Badlands to the James River Valley – you'll find a selection of premier National Parks. These parks feature seemingly endless outdoor recreation chances – hiking, fishing, boating, bird watching, and more. 

South Dakota is home to six National Parks, 13 National Natural Landmarks and 16 National Historic Landmarks, all of which see nearly four million visitors a year. Custer is home to the Jewel Cave, and in Hot Springs you can find the Wind Cave – one of the longest and most elaborate caves in the world.

Any visit to South Dakota should include a stay in Keystone, home of the iconic Mount Rushmore. Open year round, Mount Rushmore National Monument sprawls across 1,200 acres – it'll be hard to miss the faces of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson, and Washington. 

Badlands National Park, intersected by Interstate 94, and easily accessed from the nearby town of Wall, preserves close to 250,000 acres of mountain ranges, open prairies, and buttes. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is an ideal place to launch a trek through BNP, and the be sure to hike the 10-mile long Castle Trail