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South Dakota to Yellowstone Parks Explorer

6 Days | A showcase of national parks, famous landmarks and incredible wildlife

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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See natural wonders in South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park on this six-day small group adventure that packs plenty of wonders into a short amount 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 before joining a wolf-tracking expedition. With easy to moderate walks, comfortable accommodation and a knowledgeable leader, this nature focussed adventure is big on beauty.

Trip overview

Map of South Dakota To Yellowstone Parks Explorer including United States Of America
Start
Rapid City, United States
Finish
Bozeman, United States
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
United States
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
SSED
This trip generates 28 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy the changing landscape of Badlands National Park as you explore the scenic loop drive, looking out for bighorn sheep and antelope.
  • Visit Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and join your Crow Nation Guide to learn about the area’s history from an Apsaalooke perspective.
  • Jump in a jeep to safari with an expert guide and see buffalo up close, along with pronghorns and elk, in Custer State Park.
  • Marvel at the iconic monument of Mount Rushmore, where a short walk will take you up close to this famous mountain sculpture.
  • Join an expert naturalist guide on a wolf-tracking expedition at Yellowstone National Park in the wee hours of the morning – home to Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Prismatic Spring.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance. Donations help them create inclusive and equitable opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) tourism businesses.

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!
  • This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. It’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • You may also want to check out our Great American West trip if you have a longer time to explore the region:
  • https://www.intrepidtravel.com/united-states/great-american-west-150416

Itinerary

Map of South Dakota To Yellowstone Parks Explorer including United States Of America

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Lodge (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights)

Activities
  • Badlands National Park – Hiking
  • Badlands National Park – Scenic Drive
  • Black Hills - Mount Rushmore
  • Custer State Park - Buffalo Safari
  • Black Hills - Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument -guided tour with a Crow Nation Guide
  • Yellowstone National Park - Southern Loop Featuring Old Faithful Geyser & Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Yellowstone National Park - Northern Loop Featuring Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone & Norris Geyser Basin
  • Yellowstone - Wolf Tracking Expedition

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10 am on Day 1 in Rapid City. Please make your own way to the Joining Point listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. This trip finishes at approximately 4pm in Bozeman, Montana. No accommodation is booked for this evening. If departing this day, please do not book any flights before 7pm. if you would like to spend more time in Bozeman, we can request additional accommodation for you post tour. Please speak to your booking agent.
3. 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.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Shirlee · Traveled July 2023
We enjoyed the sights and scenery on trip - Mt Rushmore, bison spotting in Custer Park and Yellowstone some of the highlights! We had a great group. Our guide, Andrew was very knowledgable and professional. We had some long travel days, but worth it for what we saw. Highly recommend it!
Review submitted 05 Aug 2023

Marlene · Traveled July 2023
Andrew was an amazing guide. He was extremely knowledgable, accommodating and fun! He consistently ensured all travelers' needs were met. I would sign up for another trip with Andrew in a heartbeat!!
Review submitted 06 Aug 2023

Lisa · Traveled July 2023
Excellent trip to South Dakota and Yellowstone. Very well planned, organized, and the leader was exceptional! Would definitely take another trip with Intrepid!
Review submitted 02 Aug 2023

Claire · Traveled July 2023
This Trip was truly amazing!!! The places we went to were incredible and beautiful!!! It was definitely worth the money and time. Andrew was awesome and upbeat.
Review submitted 03 Aug 2023

Carol · Traveled July 2023
This was an amazing trip and so worthwhile. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and professional. I didn’t expect to learn so much about the magnificent destinations we visited. The wildlife and scenery we saw were stunning. Cannot recommend this trip enough and it was a wonderful experience.
Review submitted 19 Jul 2023
South Dakota to Yellowstone Parks Explorer
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USD $2,673