Getting outdoors for National Trails Day this Saturday has never been easier.
Guided hikes are happening throughout the Black Hills so there are sure to be some in your area. Check out the list below of some of the great hikes you can take part in to celebrate the day.
For a truly awe-inspiring hike, head to Crazy Horse Memorial on Saturday morning for the 32nd annual Volksmarch. The 6.2-mile trail takes visitors through pine and aspen forests. The prize is getting up the the face of the massive sculpture by standing on the outstretched arm of the sculpture. Hikers can start at 8 a.m. and the walk costs $3 per person. If you miss the event on Saturday, it continues Sunday.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park, nestled in the central Black Hills, has a trio of guided hikes available to celebrate the day.
The first is the 3-mile Prairie Trail hike that starts at 9 a.m. at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center. Participants will take an easy to moderate hike through grasslands.
Next up is the Little Devils Tower tour, at 1 p.m. This 3-mile hike will take participants through spruce and pine forest and to the top of a beautiful granite summit near Black Elk Peak. This hike is considered strenuous and is not recommended for people with health conditions or physical limitations. Meet at the Sylvan Lake General Store parking lot.
Rounding out the day is the Badger Clark Historic Trail hike. This easy 1-mile hike will allow participants to learn about Badger Clark's legacy in South Dakota and Custer State Park. Meet at the Badger Hole Historic Site at 4 p.m.
Jewel Cave National Monument will be hosting two guided hikes, one at 10 a.m. and another 1 p.m. The first would be great for beginners and will be an easy stroll on an unpaved path. The trail only goes roughly a third of a mile but visitors will be able to see abundant wildflowers.
The second hike will be a little more rugged as visitors will be guided through Hell Canyon for roughly 3.5 miles. The ranger-guided hike will be on an easy to moderate path with several stops along the trail to hear descriptions of the Jasper Fire, as well as how the incident affected the flora and fauna.