South Dakota Quick Escape
Spend four days exploring South Dakota’s gems.
July 17 – 22, 2021
August 17 – 22, 2021
September 18 – 23, 2021
Gratuity for your guide
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Campsite reservations & fees
Tent & sleeping pad
Park entry fees
This sample itinerary hits the highlights of South Dakota. Every itinerary can be completely customized for your group. We can help you book accommodations, or help you with a self-guided itinerary.
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons have very extreme weather – in fact, the highest recorded difference in temperature in a 24-hour period was recorded in Montana at over 100 degrees!September can be very comfortable and dry in the day, but get quite cold in the evenings with highs in the 70s and lows in the 30s. It can snow any month of the year and often does!
Intensity – Moderate
Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 2500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks! Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.
- Two nights camping in Grand Teton National Park
- Three nights camping in Yellowstone National Park
You will be flying into Jackson Hole Airport. You’ll want to pick a flight arrives before 12pm MST on the first day. Alternatively, we can collect you from your accommodation in Jackson at around 11:15am if you’ve arrived early. At the end of your trip, your guide will drop you back at Jackson Hole Airport at 12pm for your travel home (or back at your accommodation in Jackson if you’re staying on.)
Arrive in Rapid City, SD. After settling into your hotel, you’ll meet your guide for a tour of Mount Rushmore. Afterward, take a scenic drive around Custer State Park.
The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. Striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Today, you’ll meet your guide for a private tour of the park, with plenty of time for hikes along the way.
Wind Cave National Park is one of the longest and most complex caves in the world and it is home to formations rarely found elsewhere. Above, bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the prairie grasslands. Arrive early to take a ranger-led tour in the cave! In the evening, you’ll visit Crazy Horse Memorial.
Although it’s your final day in South Dakota, there’s still time for adventure! We recommend a scenic loop of Custer State Park, including the Iron Mountain Road and the Needles Highway. Then, it’s time to say goodbye to South Dakota as you head on your way!
- Daypack (20+ liters)
- Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional)
- Wool socks
- Breathable wicking layers
- Warm hat & sunhat
- Buff or neckscarf
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Pack cover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Insect repellant
- Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
- Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
- Quick-dry towel
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)