Rapid City’s prime location at the foot of the Black Hills makes it the ideal place for all types of outdoor recreation and adventure. From leisurely hiking to kayaking and extreme mountain biking or taking in a sporting event with your family, our community has you covered.

The following are a few of our favorite ways to stay active in the Black Hills area:

Outdoor Activities

  • Bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding on your choice of the 450 trails within the Black Hills area
  • Sightseeing along the 110-mile stretch of the Mickelson Trail that runs from Deadwood, SD, to Edgemont, SD
  • Golf at "Best courses you can play," according to Golfweek magazine, including The Golf Club at Red Rock, Hart Ranch Golf Club, Meadowbrook Golf Club in Rapid City, and Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs, SD
  • Water sports, including fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, paddle boating, windsurfing, scuba diving, and boating at one of our 14 lakes in the area
  • The Black Hills offers extraordinary rock climbing opportunities, including The Needles, one of the best traditional granite climbing areas in the United States, and Spearfish Canyon, a limestone formation in the Northern Black Hills
  • Indoor and outdoor water parks

Sporting Events

  • Rapid City Rush Hockey
  • Rapid City American Legion Post 22 and Post 320 Baseball
  • Central States Fair & Rodeo
  • Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo
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