Rock Climbing South Dakota

Rock Climbing South Dakota

Rock Climbing
South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming

Rock Climbing South Dakota has granite rock, first accent possibilities, easy approaches and world-class rock climbing. There is a little of everything for every type of climber.

Take a road trip to the Black Hills and Devils Tower.

South Dakota travel tips and recommendations for your rock climbing destination:

Where to go:

Hill city or Spearfish, South Dakota
Devils Tower, Wyoming
When to go:


Note: the month of June is a very sacred month at devils tower, I would recommend not going during June out of respect.

And Sturgis (1st full week in August) is a really busy and FUN time to be in the hills, just book your place to stay in advance.
How long to stay:
Minimum 4 days

Include travel time because this is a road trip destination


Where to stay:

Closest to the Mount Rushmore routes and the cheapest (FREE) pull in to the climber’s campground on your way to Mount Rushmore, pull off is Wrinkled Rock. No water, no electricity, no fires and fault toilets but it is FREE and the scenery is beautiful.

Closest to the Custer State Park routes is Sylvan Lake campground, cabins or lodge

In Hill City – try the Best Western Golden Spike Inn or Black Hills Trails End Cabins & Motel

In SpearfishBell’s Motor Lodge Motel or the Best Western Black Hills Lodge

In Devils TowerDevils Tower Lodge – a climbing retreat where you can book a room & a guide


Get your Climb On

Find all the rock climbing South Dakota areas/routes on Mountain Project.

Custer State Park with Sylvan Lake and The Needles – traditional climbing on granite rock

Mt Rushmore National Memorial with South Seas and Chopping Block- sport routes, bouldering

Falling Rock & Victoria Canyon near Rapid City

Spearfish Canyon – limestone rock, beautiful area

Devil’s Tower – one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas

Need a climbing guide while you are here – check out Sylvan Rocks

Find the guidebooks you need here for rock climbing South Dakota. – Rock Climbing Gear


Get your Bike On

Rent a motorcycle and drive some of the most scenic drives in the country. Then check out sturgis!

Note: Sturgis is usually held the first full week in August.

Biking (non-motorized style) – the George S Mikelson Trail is 109 miles long


Get your Hike On

Hike to the tallest point in South Dakota – Harney Peak
Hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon


Get your Grub On

There is nothing like a meal at the Alpine Inn in Hill City to top off a climbing day.
They have only one thing on the menu – bacon wrapped filet mignon either 6oz or 9oz with baked potato, toast, wedge of lettuce and ranch dressing for $9.95 or $11.95

Stop at the Crow Peak Brewing Company in Spearfish


Have fun rock climbing South Dakota!

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