Bear Butte State Park

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Bear Butte State Park

South Dakota

(605) 347-5240

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Things To Do


Mato Paha or "Bear Mountain" is the Lakota name given to this site. To the Cheyenne, it is "Noahvose." This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes who come here to hold religious ceremonies. Please be respectful of worshippers and their religious practices.

Map of Bear Butte (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.461380, -103.434720



  • Boating

    Home to hundreds of lakes and natural waterways, from the mountain lakes of the Black Hills and the manmade "Great Lakes of South Dakota," to the Missouri River and Big Sioux River, as well as a multitude of rivers, tributaries, streams, and creeks, South Dakota's park system includes around 300 boat ramps.

  • Bicycling

    Please call the primary number for more information.

  • Camping

    Most campgrounds include restrooms, hot showers, boat launches, planned activities, playgrounds, hiking trails, and ADA accessible sites. Several campgrounds also offer RV sites with electrical hookups. Firewood is for sale at most areas and fish cleaning stations are also available.

  • Fishing

    Fishing license required. Species include: Bullheads, Crappies, Northern Pike.

  • Hiking

    The park offers hiking for a variety of users. Pets are prohibited on the Summit Trail. Water is available only at the trail base, so be sure to bring some with you along your hike.

  • Historic Sites

    Please call the primary number for more information.

  • Horseback Riding

    In South Dakota, an Old West adventure awaits behind every rock and around every turn. After a day exploring a new trail, sit back and relax by the fire. Horse camps are found in 10 state park areas and are often found near the trailhead. These camps offer horseback riders a place to bed down with their horses after a day of riding

  • Picnicking

    Please call the primary number for more information.


Open year-round, day use only and Park entrance license is required.



Located 6 miles NE of Sturgis off SD Hwy 79.

Phone Numbers


(605) 347-5240