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Rankin Ridge Nature Trail

Wind Cave National Park, Wind Cave National Park, SD
+1 605-745-4600
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Beautiful, but hard to find

No signs or anything so plan ahead. Very windy roads. The hike itself is wonderful, however... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
theowens3
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San Antonio, Texas
Views for miles!

We did this after our cave tour and a stop for a picnic lunch. It was my favorite part of the park... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jennifer H
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Delano, Minnesota
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“fire tower” (6 reviews)
“parking lot” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Wind Cave National Park, Wind Cave National Park, SD
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+1 605-745-4600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

No signs or anything so plan ahead. Very windy roads. The hike itself is wonderful, however. Steep in the beginning but worth it to get to the top and see the beautiful landscape.

Thank theowens3
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this after our cave tour and a stop for a picnic lunch. It was my favorite part of the park, the view is amazing! Make sure you stop in the visitor's center and grab the guide 1st (it says they have them at...More

1  Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

The view from the top of the ridge is awesome. You can see the Badlands and beyond. Would be cool though if you could go up the fire tower.

Thank Norm B
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

So glad we climbed this trail after taking the cave tour. The ride from the visitor center is scenic with wildlife. The views along the trail of the surrounding hills and prairie are fabulous. At the top near the fire tower you get 360-degree views....More

1  Thank seek-scenic
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

With only 1 day in the Park including the time for one of the cave tours, this is one of the few trails we hiked and I am really glad we chose it. From the parking area you take the trail up the back side...More

5  Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

As long as you are going to Wind Cave, make certain that you take the time to do on the Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

2  Thank hd452016
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a 1 mile loop trail rated moderate. We took a 3 year old on it with no problems. I recommend it, especially for families. Very scenic.

2  Thank ccindyk48
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Be sure to grab Nature Trail Guide! The hike is one mile with markers along the way describing some of the items of interest. It's a beautiful hike and from the Ridge, you can see for miles. Stunning views make the hike worth while.

2  Thank DLewis60
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Go here in the afternoon, so the sun from the west paints the scenery in better colors and sky has better blue. We like it. Quick and easy hike with nice outlook.

1  Thank KKBuddy
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I hike here when we visit Wind cave national park. Short and nice trail! Great view from the fire tower. Recommended for all!

1  Thank Derek C
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