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!

Black Hills South Dakota

Black Hills South Dakota

The Black Hills of South Dakota are calling!

The Black Hills South Dakota is a perfect destination for outdoor couples that love to explore and experience nature.

You may think since it is a top US destination that it would be very touristy and unromantic, but the Black Hills are a National Forest and you can find seclusion if you plan accordingly.

Here are my travel tips for an adventure packed and romantic vacation for two to the Black Hills of South Dakota:

Where to go:

Hill City, South Dakota

Custer State Parks

Rapid City, South Dakota

Deadwood, South Dakota

When to go:

Summer or early Fall

How long to stay:

7 days


Where to stay in the Black Hills:


Newton Fork Ranch in Hill City, South Dakota

Amazing log cabins and there are only 7 of them on the Ranch.

Hill City is close to everything yet you feel so far away from everything.
Sylvan Lake Lodge in Custer State Park

The lake is so beautiful to hike around and the views from the lodge deck are amazing.

Note: The lake is freezing, even on a very hot summer day.

If you want to indulge, stay at State Game Lodge in Custer State Park

You can even stay in the rooms that President Eisenhower or President Coolidge stayed.

For making reservations at the lodges, click here


Top things to do in the Black Hills of South Dakota:

Near Hill City, South Dakota

Hike or Climb at Wrinkled Rock Climbers Trailhead off of State Highway 244 on the way to Mount Rushmore National Memorial from the west. Just look for the Wrinkled Rock sign and you can park for free and start up the trailhead.

Eat at the Alpine Inn. This is a MUST-DO. 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! They also have some of the best desserts I have ever had.

Note: They don’t take reservations, but it is worth the wait! They are closed Sundays.

See a show at the Black Hills Playhouse

Bike the 109-mile Mickelson Trail

Visit the Prairie Berry Winery and try some locally made wine


Near Spearfish, South Dakota

Drive through Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway

Hike to the Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon

Stop at the Crow Peak Brewing Company


Near Deadwood, South Dakota

Gamble in historic Deadwood.

See one of the outlaw shows.


Near Hot Spring, South Dakota

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for nature & horse lover’s

Red Rock River Resort Hotel & Spa for relaxation at the spa or to stay for a night


Near Rapid City, South Dakota

Spend a night in Downtown Rapid City

Find the President statues on every corner

Eat at The Red Fire Truck Brewery

Shop at Prairie Edge Trading Co – featuring Native American Indian artwork.

Visit the haunted Alex Johnson Hotel where past President’s and spirits have visited.


If you are looking for more fun things to do, see South Dakota Travel Information.

Looking for more information, contact me.

Enjoy your vacation to the Black Hills, South Dakota!