Fall / Autumn | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Fall / Autumn

  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn
  • Fall / Autumn

If you visit the Black Hills in the fall, you'll see that saying goodbye to the sizzling summer months is actually a good thing. There are so many things that make fall an amazing time to visit—the cool, crisp autumn air, fewer crowds, and undeniably picturesque views of the fall foilage—it's easy to see why autumn is the ideal time to tour the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.

Sunny, mild days and cool nights are typical during the autumn months of September and October. September sees an average high of 73˚ with a low of 45˚; October averages a high of 60˚ and a low of 34˚; November sees an avg. high of 47˚ with a low of 23˚. The average first freeze in Rapid City is October 4 and late August through September in the Black Hills.

The first significant snowfall of the season is usually in October, although higher elevations sometimes receive snow as early as September. Occasional cold fronts moving through the area can bring blustery northwest winds.

Things to see & do in Fall / Autumn

Rock & Ice Climbing
Outdoor Recreation

Rock & Ice Climbing

Wind Cave National Park
Parks & Monuments

Wind Cave National Park

Hunting
Outdoor Recreation

Hunting

Vanocker Canyon / Nemo Road
Road Trips & Scenic Drives

Vanocker Canyon / Nemo Road Scenic Drive

Food & Drink
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Food & Drink

Weather
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Weather

Notch Trail
Trails

Notch Trail

Upcoming Fall / Autumn Events

Learn More About the Seasons

Winter
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Winter

Summer
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Summer

Spring
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Spring