Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota

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  • Whenever we are in the Hills...this is must see for me. I love the Butte, the Bison and the icon barn. I am never disappointed  more »
  • The park rangers were so willing to share information and answer questions. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this sacred place.  more »
  • Hiked to the top. Trails are decent shape(may slide on the loose rock in a few places). Very windy that day and fires from Canada made it hazy, not great for photos. A few benches on the trail to rest...  more »
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  • Excellent hike, just don't go at the hottest part of the day when it's 102 degrees if you are already dehydrated and hungover.
  • Park Staff is very friendly. This is a sacred area for the Native Americans so please respect it. Basic lakeside camping available for $11.67 a night. Great view from top of the Mountain. Excellent trail. Caution, there are Buffalo in the park :)
  • Really nice views and very friendly staff at the educational center. Also the price power vehicles is very reasonable for a state park. The hike is not bad if you are reasonably in shape, and the pay off is worth it. Some of the best views in the area from the top because there are no obstructions. All the way up the views are great.
  • 17 Sep 2017 1300 Hrs Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota Sorry I can not give it Zero Stars... I traveled literally thousands of miles to come here, but due to my medical condition, i was not allowed to, either enter the "Gift Shop" nor the Mountain itself. Now my medical condition is unquestionably a fact you can not discriminate against. So where lies the problem? It was with my Service Animal. Now I will say that there are a lot of people posing "service animals" but a trained Seizure Alert Animal is not a poser. The Kid at the counter said it was because they had Sacred items inside. Ok, if they are Sacred then why are they Not behind glass as in any other Museum. If they are incased, as those that you can see from the front door, then why is it different than any other museum? Are those item less Sacred? Now the Kid behind the counter... He was a "smart ass" to myself and my wife. Very curt and rude. When I got upset and walk out, he came running after me. Stopped another Seeker very rudely and asked them if they had noticed the signs or if they could read. She got quite upset as well. This Kid needs lessons on how to and not to speak to Elders, from my Elders. He then stood outside and watched us sit in the truck for the 10 minutes it took to get pulled out and continued to watch the entire time we drove out, all the way down. Now as far as the mountain goes. It is a Sacred Site to me as well, or I would not have traveled so far to come here. And as such, as the Kid said, it is a church in a manner of speaking. How many times do you go to your Church see a Service Dog among the people? Many times I have, Including mine. A medical necessity is a necessity anywhere. Now the mountain is out of doors, open to the wild, right. Hell they are even displaying Bison out front to show how things might have looked eons ago before the settlers killed them off. These Bison are on the mountain. Do they have Do Not Enter signs for the Wolf, Fox, Coyote, Bear, Deer, Elk, or any of our Four Legged Brothers and Sisters. How about our Winged Brothers and Sisters, can they drop in? Maybe the Mountain is Only for Man now. Who said a Mountain, Put here by Creator is only for Man to use. Oh yeah, White Man. The Mountain as well as the rest of the Mother and All of GOD'S Creatures, Me ta que ah sa, were put here for All to Share. But that is the Key word... Share, a novel idea that was lost with our past. What a shame. So take heed. If you have a Service Dog or any other Service Animal you will not be allowed to have them on the mountain. Oh but they can be on the mountain, in the parking lot. Guess what SDSPS the parking lot is on the mountain, your Bison are on the mountain. Oh, and let me say right here... NO other State or National, Park, Forest, Monument, Museum, or any other Historic Site, we have visited in this year long Expedition has denied a Service Animal except for Risky Rides, like in Huston's Aquarium, or like in Chaco Canyon where ladder climbing was involved. Like Duh, no right minded person would consider it. Not once "because the trail is to narrow." If that were the case then two people could not pass. If there are steps and a walk way then it is wide enough. Maybe this should be turned over to the lawyers that this country has grown to love so much. DISCRIMINATION is DISCRIMINATION, it matters not in what form it comes. "The Earth Does NOT Belong to US, We belong to the Earth." A'ho' I have Spoken, Towodi Unega
  • Cool place for a short hike. They have buffalo on site and an educational center.

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