There are two options of varying length and surfaces for biking the Prairie Path resulting in a moderate difficulty rating. Features of note are the nearby unique badland formations, prairie dogs and rock beds. Seasonally, visitors may enjoy wildflowers, birds and a variety of wildlife.
Mountain bikes are recommended. Bikers should be aware vegetation may catch in bicycle pedals and parts. Varying species of cactus and thorny plants can puncture bike tires, so some kind of tire sealant or tube protection is recommended. Bikers can navigate the path by following the 5-foot tall round trail posts that mark trail use and direction.
The Prairie Bike Path is located south Wall, South Dakota along of I-90, Exit 116. Free parking is available at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Please visit the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, SD to pick up a map of the Prairie Bike Path.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||In the summer prepare for HOT conditions. Check the local weather before heading out.|
|Operational Hours:||Dawn - Dusk|
|Rentals & Guides:||Click here to view map of the path.|
|Area Amenities:||Tent camping|
|Closest Towns:||Wall, South Dakota|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Contact the National Grasslands Visitor Center and Wall Ranger District, located at 708 Main Street, Wall, SD 57790.|
Trailhead located south of I 90 at Exit 116, cross two cattle guards and look for the first post on your right. North Loop, located right by the second cattle guard is 6 miles. The South Loop goes south from the cattle guard, eventually turning west, then north, ultimately tying into the South Loop.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
The Prairie Path Connector from Highway 240 crosses ¼ mile of private land before it touches City of Wall, then Forest Service administered land. The Forest Service does not have a legal right of way.
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|
|Tent camping:||Dispersed Camping Only|