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Black Hills/Badlands

Tour Dates: July 10 - 15, 2025
6 Day Tour
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Participants should be able to complete moderate hikes.
Tour 7-105-36
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Day 1 Depart by van from Minneapolis, or points en route to Sioux Falls this morning. If you are flying, we will meet you either at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport or the Sioux Falls airport. Continue the afternoon drive across South Dakota for the first night's stop in western South Dakota.
Day 2 Visit the Badlands Visitor Center, then drive the Badlands Loop Road for sightings of wildlife such as prairie dogs, bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope. Enjoy short (less than two hours) hikes and scenic overlooks in the Badlands. Then ride into the Black Hills for your next night's stay near the town of Custer.
Day 3 Enter Custer State Park for a drive through the wildlife loop to watch for wild burros, bison, elk, and mule deer. Try some casual AND some rugged hikes in the hills and lakes region. Drive to Sylvan Lake for a tough hike. Then continue on the Needles Highway drive for spectacular elevated views.
Day 4 A tour to this region wouldn't be complete without a visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument. Afterwards, tour Crazy Horse Memorial, including the Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center. Watch a cultural dance or music performance by individuals from the local Lakota or Dakota tribe.
Day 5 Depart the Black Hills for the return to Mitchell, SD or vicinity. En route stop at infamous Wall Drug, and the Corn Palace, time permitting.
Day 6 Continue the drive back to Minneapolis or your departing airport (Sioux Falls or Minneapolis-St. Paul) if you are flying home.
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