Best Trails Near Rapid City SD

Rapid City has 13 trails in the vicinity, including 12 hiking trails and 2 for backpacking. These trails range from 0.25 to 111 miles in length. The longest trail in Rapid City is The Centennial Trail a well-known trail measuring 111 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are The Door, Window, and Notch Trails, Castle Trail and Cliff Shelf Nature Trail. Trails.com member Chris H. recently completed Black Hills, Badlands, & Mt. Rushmore, SD.

More information on the best trails in Rapid City can be found below.
  • The Centennial Trail

    9 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    The Centennial Trail has a lofty beginning and magnificent ending. If one proceeds from north to south, the trail begins at Bear Butte and Bear Butte Lake, where Crazy Horse presided over a Council ...
    •  10 to 12 days
    •  111 miles
    •  Guide

    The Centennial Trail has a lofty beginning and magnificent ending. If one proceeds from north to south, the trail begins ...

  • The Door, Window, and Notch Trails

    5 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    Easy journeys to view some of the park's most rugged rock formations. At the Fossil Exhibit, Badlands National Park has created replicas of fossils indigenous to the Badlands, and they are exhibited ...
    •  2.41 miles
    •  Guide

    Easy journeys to view some of the park's most rugged rock formations. At the Fossil Exhibit, Badlands National Park has created ...

  • Castle Trail

    4 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    A prairie hike flanking the beautiful formations along the Badlands Wall.
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A prairie hike flanking the beautiful formations along the Badlands Wall.

  • Medicine Root Loop Trail

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    A short hike that offers a connecting loop with the Castle Trail.
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A short hike that offers a connecting loop with the Castle Trail.

  • Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    An interpretive trail along an ancient cliff shelf that collapsed long ago from the imposing cliffs above.
    •  30 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    An interpretive trail along an ancient cliff shelf that collapsed long ago from the imposing cliffs above.

  • Fossil Exhibit Trail

    2 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    A short, barrier-free loop to an exhibit of area fossils.
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.25 miles
    •  Guide

    A short, barrier-free loop to an exhibit of area fossils.

  • Black Hills, Badlands, & Mt. Rushmore, SD

    1 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    South Dakota’s natural beauty and unusual geological features, plus its Wild West history and Native American presence, combine to offer families, especially city dwellers, an interesting landscape ...
    •  Up to a week's worth of fun.
    •  Guide

    South Dakota’s natural beauty and unusual geological features, plus its Wild West history and Native American presence, combine ...

  • Castle Trail and Medicine Root Loop

    1 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    Wonderful photo opportunities await as this trail wanders through the grasslands, offering views of the jagged Wall formations. The trail is a flat, easy walk along a narrow dirt path through ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful photo opportunities await as this trail wanders through the grasslands, offering views of the jagged Wall formations. ...

  • The Door, Window, and Notch Trails

    1 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    We have placed these three short hikes together as they all depart from the same trailhead. On these journeys hikers can view some of the park’s most rugged rock formations. Throughout the ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    We have placed these three short hikes together as they all depart from the same trailhead. On these journeys hikers can ...

  • Saddle Pass Trail

    1 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    A short and steep trail through a pass, following a path once used by early travelers.
    •  45 minutes
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    A short and steep trail through a pass, following a path once used by early travelers.

  • South Dakota - Rough Guides

    0 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    The wide-open spaces of the Great Plains roll away to infinity to either side of I-90 in South Dakota. Though the land is more green and fertile east of the Missouri River, vast numbers of high-season ...
    •  Guide

    The wide-open spaces of the Great Plains roll away to infinity to either side of I-90 in South Dakota. Though the land is ...

  • Black Hills North Area Campgrounds

    0 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    History hides in seemingly every draw and canyon in these hills. Many tales and log cabins of the Old West are shared among the ponderosa pine trees blanketing the hillsides. Such colorful characters ...
    •  Guide

    History hides in seemingly every draw and canyon in these hills. Many tales and log cabins of the Old West are shared among ...

  • George S. Mickelson Trail

    0 Reviews

    Rapid City, SD

    According to its namesake and founder, George S. Mickelson, "This trail may be our last opportunity to provide a pathway that is easily used by the elderly, people with disabilities and the very ...
    •  5 days
    •  50 miles
    •  Guide

    According to its namesake and founder, George S. Mickelson, "This trail may be our last opportunity to provide a pathway ...