South Dakota National Parks

There are two South Dakota National Parks to visit on a fun and cheap vacation.

From beautiful and colorful buttes and spires in the Badlands to the underground Wind Cave there is much to see in South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore is not a national park, but is listed here because of its beauty and historical significance.


Badlands National Park - Located in Southwestern South Dakota this park has unique, beautiful and colorful buttes and spires that seem to be out of this world.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park - NPS Picture

Wind Cave National Park - Located in Southwestern South Dakota Wind Cave is one of the largest caves in the world. There is excellent hiking above and below ground.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Located in Southwestern South Dakota this impressive rock sculpture includes the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers spent 14 years (1927-1941) carving the images. There is hiking, climbing and viewing the memorial.

Mt Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial - NPS Picture


Note: Pictures are courtesy of the National Park Service.

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