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The natural beauty and rich history of South Dakota parks are displayed in the national and state parks located throughout the state. There are seven national parks and roughly 60 state park and recreation areas in South Dakota. While the most well-known parks might be Mount Rushmore National Memorial or Custer State Park, there is a great variety of parks and recreation areas throughout the state that each offer their own unique breathtaking scenery and recreation opportunities.

National Parks

Picturesque national parks, monuments, and historical sites draw millions of visitors to South Dakota each year. The National Parks of South Dakota are a mecca to travelers in search of unique vacationing experiences. Travelers to these scenic outdoor areas are treated to unique geologic formations, pristine water reservoirs, and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

To learn more about the national parks visit the national parks page.

State Parks

The state parks of South Dakota provide travelers with some of the most breathtaking scenery, rich history, and fantastic water and winter recreation opportunities in the United States. With 54 state parks and recreation areas, there are pristine lakes for fishing, swimming and sailing; hiking and biking trails; rivers for kayaking and canoeing; and forts for exploring. Regardless of which region you visit, there is sure to be a thriving state park nearby.

To learn more about the state parks of South Dakota visit the state parks page.


Many of South Dakota’s campgrounds are located on or near the state and national parks located throughout the state. Whether you want to relax under the stars in a beautiful night on the prairie in eastern South Dakota or enjoy the fantastic views of the Black Hills one thing is certain – there is a state or national park campground waiting for you!

To learn more about  the campgrounds throughout the state visit our campgrounds page.

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