South Dakota Trails

The Badlands

Badlands National Park in South Dakota Learn More

South Dakota is covered mostly by the Great Plains, while the western part of the state is comprised of flat-topped, steep hills called buttes. Here, the Black Hills, which rise about 2,000 to 4,000 feet, extend into Wyoming. 

South Dakota is home to Badlands National Park — a stunning geologic wasteland that sits in the state's southwestern corner, hidden away from just about everything man has made.

The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking South Dakota.