Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota

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  • What an amazingly beautiful place! We hiked the 1.85 miles to the summit, with a 1000 ft. elevation. The hike was not difficult other than a few areas that were quite steep. The path was sometimes loo...  more »
  • Hike to top is a steep climb with loose rocks under foot. Beautiful view from the top. Did not stay long because of approaching storm. Round trip an hour and half. Hiking poles a big help on way down....  more »
  • Amazing views. Incredibly sacred to native American culture. Steep narrow hiking trail. Definitely stop at the educational center if its open. The staff there are wonderful and the artifacts they have are authentic and so insightful to understand the Native culture. The little video about the Butte they play is also very good info. Tips: This is a sacred place, like a church, so photos of all the prayer flags and bundles are not permitted and doing so is considered disrespectful. Also, they let me know that leaving behind or bringing up "new age" things like crystals should be avoided out of respect. If you feel inclined to do something "spiritual" while there, tabacco is what is recommended. As this is the natives most sacred plant medicine.
  • Great place in Spring but the trail needs to be cleared of sharp rocks & branches.

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