Western Region State Parks

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The Western Region of South Dakota is one of the state’s most popular destinations for travelers. There are many popular attractions that include Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Deadwood, and beautiful landscapes.

State Parks in the Western Region


The region’s unique geology has shaped some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, delighting tourists with spectacular views both above and below the earth’s surface. With that is a collection of South Dakota parks that are some of the most popular in the state including Custer State Park and Bear Butte State Park.

Bear Butte State Park provides spectacular scenery, and the opportunity to revisit history and experience the rich Native American culture.  Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull have all visited Bear Butte, and each year Native Americans camp at the base of the mountain, meditating or performing prayer ceremonies. Colorful pieces of cloth and small bundles representing offered prayers are often seen hanging from the limbs of trees or lying next to the trails.

Custer State Park, located in the Western Region of South Dakota, is the second largest state park in America. Known for its unusual geological formations, known as The Needles, Custer State Park attracts rock climbers from around the world. Bison, antelope, bighorn sheep, and elk roam the 73,000 acres of the park’s grounds.  Custer State Park also hosts the annual Buffalo Round-Up, an exciting display of the buffalo’s power and grace as cowboys and cowgirls round up the herd.

If you are a bicycle enthusiast, the Western Region offers amazing biking on the George S. Mickelson Trail.  This 110-mile trail winds through a large majority of the Black Hills region, originating in the northern town of Deadwood and climbing all the way down to the southern city of Edgemont.

Whether you’re looking for hiking, biking, or fishing, you’re sure to find a state park in the Western Region that will suit your needs. Within the Western Region there are nine State Parks and/or Recreation Areas. Almost all of these areas offer excellent camping locations and provide a short drive to popular tourist attractions in the Western Region.