This is Bear Butte as seen from approximately 12 miles away.
Considered sacred by Native Americans this massive butte
rises more than 1400 feet above the surrounding prairie. The
second butte, on the horizon, is called Deer's Ears Butte
and is about 70 miles away from where this photo was taken.
Bear Butte State Park
||Give it a morning or
||Anytime. Open all year,
however the visitor center closes for the winter
on Oct. 1.
||Follow US 16A north to US
16. Follow 16 east to I-90. Take I-90 West to
Sturgis. Follow Highway 34 east then Highway 79
north. The butte is located about 6 miles
northeast of Sturgis.
||Daily park entrance
permit or South Dakota annual park permit.
||Majestic view, hiking,
wildlife. Historically significant site.
Open All Year for day visitors.
Note: Hiking to the
top of Bear Butte
is prohibited during
American holy days.
people who live in or near the Black Hills enjoy
Bear Butte. Strictly speaking Bear Butte isn't a
butte and it isn't in the Black Hills, being on
the plains just to the northeast of Sturgis.
Rising 1400 feet above the
surrounding prairie, and standing all by itself,
Bear Butte is easy to find. As a matter of fact,
for millennium it was used as a landmark by the
plains Indians and even today it is considered
sacred by the plains peoples.
General George Armstrong
Custer is said to be taken in such awe of Bear
Butte that he stopped his 1874 exploration of the
Black Hills so he could ride to the top if it.
Today, if you have the time -- and energy -- you
can hike to the top of Bear Butte yourself. The
trail from the visitor center is about two miles
and you get a spectacular view of the Black Hills
to the Southwest and of the great plains to the
East and North.
Contact Info: Bear Butte
State Park at PO Box 688, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Phone: 605-347-5240. Fax: 605-347-7627.