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.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
Get up close (but not too close) with a classic symbol of America on this Great Plains trail.
Explore off-trail in a wilderness with more bison than boot prints.