Prairie Trail

Custer, South Dakota 57730

Prairie Trail

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"This is an easy interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges, with superb views.

The Prairie Trail was designed especially for those interested in viewing prairie grasslands and wildflowers.The interpretive signs along the way help ensure more correct interpretation and add to the enjoyment of the hike.The elevation gain is modest, climbing but 250 feet.

Views offered along this trail are commanding, and on a clear day, hikers are rewarded with distant views to the east of the White River Badlands. Even from afar, when the interplay of light and land is appropriate, the area appears majestic."

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"An interpretive loop hike through prairie grasslands and over open ridges with superb views. The Prairie Trail was designed especially for those interested in viewing prairie grasslands and wildflowers. The interpretive signs help ensure more correct interpretation and add to the enjoyment of the hike. The elevation gain is modest and climbs but 250 feet. Views offered along this trail are commanding, and on a clear day hikers are rewarded with distant views to the east of the White River Badlands. Even from afar, when the interplay of light and land is appropriate, the area appears majestic. So, too, does the grassland over which hikers must pass. Views of the prairie suggest an immensity and grandeur found in few other areas of the United States. The flora is varied, and throughout the summer, pageants of flowers reward hikers. Alert travelers might also see and hear a variety of birds and mammals, such as mountain bluebirds, golden eagles, coyotes, and pronghorns."

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The Praire Trail is a good introduction to the Western Praire ecosystem. Bison, antelope and deer are often seen from here and a lucky passerby may spot elk or bighorn sheep. May and June are good times to explore This trail (although the park does start to get busier this time of year)as the praire greens up and wildflowers dot the landscape. Custer State Park is a good mix of open and forested country but this trail keeps you entirely in the open. If you are looking for an easy, strolling type walk where wildlife can be viewed than this may be the trail for you. Be sure to bring your own water though.
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Trail Information

Custer
Nearby City
3.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Custer State Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Topo Map No. 238
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