The Native American Scenic Byway

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The Native American Scenic Byway

South Dakota

(605) 473-5399

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Overview

The history of the Sioux and other indigenous peoples unfolds along this byway through cultural, historical, and archeological sites in the heart of the Sioux nation. The byway crosses the reservations of four tribes of Lakota Sioux: Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock. Its many memorial markers, monuments, museums, and sacred sites commemorate the heritage of the Sioux Nation and introduce visitors to the history of the area from the point of view of the American Indians of the area. The road passes by the lands that were once the home of the tribe of Chief Big Foot, as well as the location of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. The road also passes through the Standing Rock Reservation, which is the location of the burial place of Chief Sitting Bull, a chief famous for his tireless struggle to defend the rights of his people and their land.

The road also leads visitors to Lake Sharpe, a reservoir with opportunities for boating, fishing, and other water-based activities.

Map of The Native American Scenic Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 44.075994, -99.644623

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    This 305.8 mile highway provides an opportunity to view scenic and historically significant areas of South Dakota.

  • Camping

    There are campsites along some portions of the road.

  • Historic Sites

    There are several sites along the byway that are important in the preservation of the heritage of the Sioux Nation. These riverside plains that the road passes through were once the home of Chief Big Foot's tribe, and the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. In the Standing Rock Reservation, visitors may pass by the burial site of Sitting Bull, a chief who fought tirelessly to protect the rights of his people.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer temperatures range, on average, from the high 80s to the mid-50s. Winter temperatures range from 1 F to the low 30s.

Phone Numbers

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(605) 473-5399

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