Elk Mountain Nature Trail

Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747

Elk Mountain Nature Trail

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"A fun, informative loop hike suitable for the entire family."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Black Hills Country (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A fun, short, informative hike, suitable for the entire family. The path winds slightly upwards, then proceeds through a prairie environment. It then enters into the ponderosa-pine forest, where reminders of a 1991 wildfire linger."

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This is a simple hike with 9 interpretive stops to educate the passerby about the ecology of Wind Cave National Park. This would be an appropriate hike to take the kids along to let them burn off some extra energy and learn a few things about the area. This appears to be one of the busiest trails in the park but the chance for some great views and a bit of free education is hard to pass up. The trail is very easy to follow and travel on. This is a loop trail which will conveniently return you to the parking lot.

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Trail Information

Hot Springs
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Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 1.5 hours
Best spring through fall
Wind Cave National Park
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