19 Wondrous Pictures of South Dakota That Will Make You Want To Go

There's a reason South Dakota invited a group of photographers out to capture its landscape for a gallery on Instagram. It's one remarkable state. So to celebrate the beauty of the heartland, we've rounded up our best pictures of South Dakota to help you escape your work day.

Breathtaking pictures of South Dakota

I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as we enjoyed capturing them. From Mount Rushmore to the Badlands, to the historic town of Deadwood to the Needles Highway, there's a lot to see when taking a road trip through South Dakota. If you like animals, there's pictures of wild mustangs and bisons too! Plus, there's an added bonus part way through our photostory to show you what it's like on a buffalo safari in the heartland: A true highlight of our time there.

Hiking to hidden Gems in South Dakota.

Hiking to hidden Gems in South Dakota.

This hike is located in Spearfish Canyon. It's about a half hour climb up a river. Wear proper shoes and bring water. It's worth the view when you get to the top.

The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota

The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. Getting up close and personal

 Read more about Crazy Horse 

Sunrise at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Sunrise at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Make sure to spend an entire day in the Badlands. The landscape is a photographer's dream. I could do an entire photostory of South Dakota photos strictly from the badlands, it's diverse and beautiful.

Big Skies over Sylvan Lake in South Dakota

Big Skies over Sylvan Lake in South Dakota

Sylvan Lake is great for a picnic. Oh, and for photos too!

Wild Mustangs run free in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Wild Mustangs run free in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Check out: High Mountain Trail Ride in the Rockies

The entrance to the Badlands in South Dakota

The entrance to the Badlands in South Dakota

Told you. The badlands are beautiful, so I had to include another photo!

A Lakota traditional dance at sunset in South Dakota.

A Lakota traditional dance at sunset in South Dakota.

There's a rich culture in South Dakota and when you are there, make sure to learn about the Lakota tribe. Our accommodation, The Circle View Ranch set up an evening of performances and stories. The Lakota's were kind enough to let us take pictures of them as well.

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Flying over Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

 See our video of South Dakota‘s Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse by Helicopter

Buffalo in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Where the Buffalo roam in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Enjoy our latest South Dakota Video: Buffalo Safari in the Heartland

 

Crazy Horse Memorial

What the Crazy Horse Memorial will look like when done.

 Crazy Horse memorial is massive and still under construction.

Badlands of South Dakota

Storm clouds at sunset in the lowlands of South Dakota.

If you've enjoy these pictures of South Dakota check out our photos from the Brasada Ranch in Oregon

Needles in South Dakota

Taking in the beauty of the Needles in South Dakota

 

A quick hike in Spearfish Canyon will bring you to Roughlock Falls.

A quick hike in Spearfish Canyon will bring you to Roughlock Falls.

 

The road to nowhere in South Dakota

The road to nowhere in South Dakota

Read: The Best Road Trips in the World

The Badlands of South Dakota are beautiful in every direction.

The Badlands of South Dakota are beautiful in every direction.

Okay, one last photo of the badlands.

Gazing off into a South Dakota Sunset.

Gazing off into a South Dakota Sunset.

We were blown away by the South Dakota skies!

Becoming one with the Wild Mustangs in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Becoming one with the Wild Mustangs in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Such a beautiful moment from the Black Hills Wild Mustang Sanctuary. Yet another spot where I could post only pictures of South Dakota mustangs and people would be happy. They are beautiful.

The Gravestone of Wild Bill Hickok.

The Gravestone of Wild Bill Hickok.

You can't miss stopping at Deadwood. It's a big casino town, but there's plenty of history and reenactments of the wild west days. Each night you can watch Wild Bill's murder over and over again. I wonder if he is getting any rest in the afterlife?

Bidding Farewell to South Dakota.

Bidding Farewell to South Dakota.

Read Next: 8 Great South Dakota Attractions

Thanks to South Dakota Tourism for inviting us to explore their beautiful state. For more information about traveling to South Dakota, visit their website


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