Map of South Dakota to Montana Parks Explorer		 including United States Of America

A showcase of National Parks, famous landmarks and local history

See natural wonders in South Dakota and Montana on a 6-day round-trip small group adventure which packs plenty of National Parks into a short space of time. Uncover the beauty of Badlands National Park, before you travel to Mount Rushmore, spot buffalo in Custer State Park and continue to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. With two nights at Yellowstone National Park, you’ll have time to spot wildlife and watch Old Faithful spray water into the air. With easy to moderate walks, comfortable accommodation, and a knowledgeable leader, this nature-focussed adventure is big on beauty.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Rapid City, United States
Finish
Bozeman, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSED
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Enjoy the changing landscape of Badlands National Park as you explore the backcountry on one of the park’s best hikes.

  • Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and join your Crow Nation Guide to learn about the history of the area

  • Jump in a jeep with an expert guide to see buffalo up close and personal in Custer State Park along with pronghorns and elk.

  • Marvel at Mount Rushmore where a hike will take you up close to this famous mountain sculpture.

  • Hike Yellowstone National Park where grizzly bears, wolves and herds of buffalo and elk roam free.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are walking opportunities throughout this trip. We recommend you bring good quality walking shoes if you're keen to enjoy a hike - or two!

  • Lunches will be simple picnic style so perhaps bring some of your own snacks if you think you’ll get hungry between meals.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to Rapid City! Your tour starts at 10am with a group meeting followed by a short drive to Badlands National Park for your first walk of the trip, a hike along the Castle Trail. Widely regarded as one of the best hikes in the national park, this scenic trail takes you through the backcountry of Badlands National Park. Have your camera handy to capture the sweeping prairie grass plains and dramatic rocky pinnacles. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot bighorn sheep and pronghorn as well. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Badlands National Park – Hiking
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting at 10am as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Today’s hiking distance is 16kms/10miles and the total driving time is approximately two hours.
Drive to Custer State Park and wander through the State Game Lodge, a stately residence which was built in the 1920 and has played host to several presidents. Then it’s time to jump in a jeep and go wild on a Buffalo safari. Trek through the park in an open-air jeep as your expert guide shares historical and educational facts and helps you spot pronghorns, elk, and buffalo. Continue onto the famous Mount Rushmore to do the Presidential Trail, via the Native American Heritage Village.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Black Hills - Mount Rushmore
  • Custer State Park - Buffalo Safari
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total walking distance is approximately is 5kms/3miles and the total driving time is approximately 2 hours.
It's an early start for the drive to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. After a stop along the way for lunch, join your Crow Nation Guide for a three-hour tour which provides an Apsaalooke perspective on the conflict. With a tribal historian at your side, traverse the battlefield and learn how Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors defeated the US Army on the Greasy Grass at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. After the tour, drive to Sheridan where you might like to visit the Sheridan Inn for a drink and a chance to learn about the history of Buffalo Bill who auditioned new members for his “Wild West” show from the front porch of this historic inn.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument -guided tour with a Crow Nation Guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 4.5 hours.
After breakfast, you’ll spend the day driving to Yellowstone National Park so settle back and enjoy the scenery, or perhaps listen to an audio book or your favourite tunes as the miles roll by. Along the way, your leader will choose the perfect scenic spot for everyone to stretch their legs and a enjoy a delicious picnic lunch.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving today is 6 hours plus stops.
Spend the day exploring Yellowstone National Park where grizzly bears, wolves and herds of buffalo and elk roam free. Watch as Old Faithful sprays over 4000 gallons (14,000 litres) of boiling water into the air, then be hypnotized by the startling colours of the Grand Prismatic Pool. Other highlights include Yellowstone Canyon with its geysers along the north and south loop, and the tranquil Yellowstone Lake.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yellowstone National Park - Hiking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
In Yellowstone the walks options range from easy to moderate and 2 to 5 miles (3 to 8 km) in length. These are mostly on easy boardwalks. They are all optional and your leader will give options based on guest interest and abilities
After breakfast, head back into Yellowstone for another hike or book an optional wolf-tracking expedition. There is no better place than Yellowstone to see these magnificent animals in the wild. Join your experienced naturalist guide who tracks the movements and behaviour of Yellowstone wildlife almost daily and knows the best places to find the animals. There will be top-of-the-line binoculars and high-powered spotting scopes for each person, so no one will miss out. After lunch, travel to Bozeman where your Montana adventure ends at around 4pm.
Included Activities
  • Yellowstone National Park - Hiking
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately two hours.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotels (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Badlands National Park – Hiking
  • Black Hills - Mount Rushmore
  • Custer State Park - Buffalo Safari
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument -guided tour with a Crow Nation Guide
  • Yellowstone National Park - Hiking

Dates & availability

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Important notes

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FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10am. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
LAST DAY: On the final day, this trip finishes at approximately 4pm on arrival in Bozeman Montana at our hotel. No accommodation is booked this evening but if you would like to spend more time in Bozeman we can request additional accommodation for you, please speak to your booking agent. If you are flying out this evening please book flights after 7pm.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
COVID: Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.

Essential trip information

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