Black Hills. Badlands. Devil’s Tower. Wind Cave. Names that evoke the mysteries of the landscape. A land where prairie meets forest, textured by colorful rock and granite spires, roamed by bison and pronghorn, home of the Sioux Nation and the unassuming prairie dog.
We begin our tour in the heart of Rapid City at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson. Our first day of hiking takes us to the surreal and eerie landscapes of Badlands National Park. Trails in the park lead us right through the strange rock formations, and the sunlight constantly changes the colors and contours of this formidable land.
Next, we head into the heart of the picturesque Spearfish Canyon and the lovely Spearfish Canyon Resort. From here we make our way across the border into Wyoming and hike around the dramatic Devil’s Tower, and later hike along a nearby ridge for different perspectives of this remarkable landmark. The next day we are back in the canyon region, hiking to spectacular viewpoints atop peaks with names like Old Baldy or Crow Peak.
Lodging the next three nights is within Custer State Park at the beautiful Sylvan Lake Lodge and Resort. The old stone lodge serves as a perfect base to explore the nearby Wind Cave National Park and the fabulous hiking in the Black Hills.
Our South Dakota trip would not be complete without a visit to Mount Rushmore, considered the “Shrine of Democracy”.
June 15th - June 21st
Sept. 7th - Sept. 13th
• The surreal landscape of
Badlands National Park
• Mount Rushmore National Monument
• Dramatic Devil’s Tower
• Wind Cave National Park
• The Black Hills
6 days, 6 nights
Hotel Alex Johnson
Sylvan Lake Lodge and Resort