Parks & Monuments | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Parks & Monuments

Monumental works of man and nature

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America's most prominent U.S.

A Lakota Sioux warrior, a famed artist, his family and a canvas composed of granite are the elements that comprise the legendary past, present and future of the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Custer State Park is famous for its bison herds, other wildlife, scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centers, fishing lakes, resorts, campgrounds and interpretive programs.

The Lakota gave this land its name, “Mako Sica,” meaning “land bad.” Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the la

Devils Tower National Monument, a unique and striking geologic wonder steeped in Native American legend, is a modern-day national park and climbers' challenge. Devils Tower sits across the state line in northeast Wyoming.

Remember fallout shelters, Sputnik, and the missile gap?  Remember duck-and cover-drills, the Iron Curtain, the Red Scare and first-strike capability?  The deadly drama underlying the Cold War is relived at Minuteman Missi

President Grover Cleveland established the Black Hills National Forest in 1897 as the Black Hills Forest Reserve.

Beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota is the intriguing underground world of Jewel Cave. With over 190 miles of explored passageways, Jewel Cave ranks as one of the longest caves in the world.

Over many years of exploration and mapping, Wind Cave has grown to be one of the world’s largest known caves. Currently over 142.75 miles of passages have been mapped making it the third longest cave in the U.S.

Its idyllic setting in a side canyon to Spearfish Canyon makes Roughlock Falls one of the Black Hills most beautiful areas and also one the area's most-photographed spots. Created by

Mato Paha or “Bear Mountain” is the Lakota name given to Bear Butte State Park. This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago.

Angostura State Recreation Area is one of the few large reservoirs in western South Dakota.

The Buffalo Gap National Grassland is one of 20 National Grasslands.

The Custer National Forest is known as the most ecologically diverse and widespread forest in the entire National Forest System.

Located 12 miles south of Lemmon, near the North Dakota/South Dakota border, Shadehill has a public-use area, camping, picnic areas, a trailer dump station, swimming, boating and hiking.

A popular fishing destination located just east of Belle Fourche, Rocky Point State Recreation Area is one of South Dakota's more recent additions to its park system.

Occupying the eastern shore of Angostura Lake outside of Hot Springs, Sheps Canyon offers an abundance of outdoor activities in one location.

The Grand River National Grassland is comprised of 155,000 acres and is located in northwestern South Dakota near the state border with North Dakota.

The 2018 South Dakota Vacation Guide is a 265-page, full-color traveler's guide to South Dakota.