Although most visitors only take part in ranger-guided cave tours while visiting the monument, outdoor recreation is becoming increasingly popular on the surface. There are two self-guided trails at the monument, which include the one-quarter-mile (0.4 km) Roof Trail and 3.5 mile (5.6 km) Canyons Trail. A third trail is nearby on the Black Hills National Forest, which is the 5.5 mile (8.9 km) Hell Canyon Trail.
Length: ¼ mile (0.4 km) Loop
Length: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Loop
Black Hills National Forest
If you are looking for a longer and more adventurous trail than those found in the monument, the Hell Canyon Trail (Trail Number 32) is another option nearby for hikers. The trail is maintained for hikers, horseback riders, and bicycles; no motorized use is allowed. There is about 500 feet in elevation difference between the parking lot and the canyon overlooks, making the trail challenging, yet enjoyable for the casual hiker.
Hell Canyon Trail
Length: 5.3 miles (8.9 km) Loop
Before You Go Hiking
Hiking in the Black Hills is an enjoyable recreational experience. Yet, every so often, things happen which make for frustrating moments or even dangerous conditions. Whether you are hiking at the monument or elsewhere in western South Dakota, it is important to be safe on the trail and know your limits. The following trail tips will help you avoid "bad" situations.
• Never hike alone.
Last updated: October 13, 2021