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Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota

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  • We went there on thanksgiving day. Only a few other people were there. We took our time, two hours to the top. Beautiful place! Make sure you take time to look around. 
  • Located by Sturgis, SD about 6 miles away. We enjoyed this state park. Nice, but somewhat strenuous hike. 3.6 miles uphill to the top. Wear good hiking shoes & take water. Fit children should have no ...  more »
  • Bear Butte is located just east of Sturgis and is easily found on any local map or gps. We took the short drIve from Rapid City and joined the few visitors/ hikers on the trail. Bear Butte is a sacred...  more »
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  • This one is truly a gem among SD's state parks. The trails are nicely kept, the landscape is spectacular, and the facilities are well maintained. It is easy to walk up Bear Butte in just a few hours, getting a nice overview of the surroundings and landscape. Definitely worth a look, especially after having been to Custer State Park (and having gotten their one week State Park Admission).
  • This place is a great hike up the mountain. The trail is a little rough at points but nothing not manageable. THERE ARE SNAKES. The views that you get at the top are stunning as you can see for MILES. Don't forget to look for the buffalo in the field in the first field as you pull into the park.
  • Great views of entire area, bring lots of water
  • An unassuming park with a great hiking trail and excellent views.
  • Park staff are courteous and culturally-grounded. Good to be quiet when you are walking to be sure you are not potentially disturbing somebody's Fasting. New strictures are in place regarding use of herbs and removal of plants from the mountain and area. Now that there are new restrictions, the ceremony camp is coming back and restoring itself fast.