Your Guide to Exploring The Great Outdoors in South Dakota

Your Guide to Exploring The Great Outdoors in South Dakota

Your guide to exploring the great outdoors in South Dakota is finally here! The Midwest isn’t the first thing you think of when planning a road trip, but most folks do travel through on their way from coast to coast. Surprisingly, South Dakota has many exhilarating things to do and unique places to experience. You may even find some gold while you’re here! Lets see what’s on the list.


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Art Alley in Rapid City

First stop on our guide to exploring the great outdoors in South Dakota is in our hometown, Rapid City! Hop out to explore this gem located in downtown Rapid City on the side of Hotel Alex Johnson. “Art Alley” is known for the local artists expressive forms of life meaning. Take a cool selfie or artistic shot for your social media feed to show your intuitive wild side. The art is said to change weekly, having artists from all over the world stop in and “blast” pieces on the wall during their visit. You never know… you might show up and see one come to life before your eyes.



Experience Mount Rushmore

This famous monument, visited by over 2 million tourists each year, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a town called Keystone. The faces of these founding fathers are over 60ft in length and almost 100 years old. In the 1950s and 1960s, local Lakota Sioux elder Benjamin Black Elk (son of medicine man Black Elk, who had been present at the Battle of the Little Bighorn) was known as the “Fifth Face of Mount Rushmore”, posing for photographs with thousands of tourists daily in his native attire. The South Dakota State Historical Society notes that he was one of the most photographed people in the world over that twenty-year period. Get your camera out and pose like Benjamin Black Elk in front of the faces for an epic historical photograph.




Pan For Gold in the Historic Department

“We’re rich!” In 1874 gold was discovered at French Creek in South Dakota, now referred to as “Custer County”. Since then over 20 million ounces of gold have been discovered. Today, many visitors stop and pan for gold in the streams surrounding the Black Hills. Make sure you’re prepared to explore this unique experience! You’re going to need:

  • A gold pan –  A variety of gold pans can be purchased, or you can make your own with a shallow, round pan lined on the bottom with lightly crumpled aluminum foil.
  • A spade – A small spade or hand-shovel will be necessary for transferring river sediment into your pan.
  • A seat – Squatting next to a riverbank quickly becomes exhausting. It’s usually a good idea to have a nice, low seat to sit on, such as a step-stool
  • A safe place to put your findings – You could end up with thousands of flakes of gold by the end of the day that are no thicker than an eyelash; make sure you have a secure place to put them after panning so they don’t simply get swept away in the wind.
  • Free time and patience – Gold panning isn’t normally done as a means of reliable income anymore. You can certainly make some money with it, but it is very easy to become frustrated if you can’t be patient.


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Take An Easy Hike to Spearfish Falls

Talk about an interesting story behind this natural wonder! During the early 1800s, the Burlington Railroad line took passengers right over Spearfish Falls, making it a popular tourist icon back in the day. Though, in 1917, the falls were actually turned off for 86 years, as the creek water was diverted to a hydroelectric power plant for the Homestake Gold Mine. But in 2003, the waterfall was restored. To this day, you can see the remains of the rail line. Because the falls were defunct for so long, they’re definitely a lesser-known gem in the canyon, and the hike, which starts from the parking lot of the Latchstring Restaurant, is pretty easy.



Visit the World’s Only Corn Palace

In 1892 (when Mitchell, South Dakota was a small, 12-year-old city of 3,000 inhabitants) the World’s Only Corn Palace was established on the city’s Main Street. Now over 100 year old, it has become known worldwide and now attracts more than a half a million visitors annually. The palace was conceived as a gathering place where city residents and their rural neighbors could enjoy a fall festival with extraordinary stage entertainment – a celebration to climax a crop-growing season and harvest. This tradition continues today with the annual Corn Palace Festival held in late August each year.




We hope this guide was helpful with fun ideas for you to explore in the great state of South Dakota. If you’re looking for a means to travel, look no further than Green Star Campers. Green Star Camper Center, a South Dakota RV Dealership carries New Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels and Used Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels. We stock Rockwood and R.Pod’s by Forest River, as well as Bullet by Keystone and many more. Give us a call today at 605-343-6877 or visit us at 120 N. Cambell Street Rapid City, SD. 57703

Get to Know Green Star Camper Center

Get to Know Green Star Camper Center

Do you plan to buy your first RV soon? With any big purchase, it is important to trust who you buy it from. Vehicles of any sort have so many components and if you do not know everything about the RV you are purchasing, don’t you want the company selling it to you to know all the details? At Green Star Camper Center, we have the utmost respect for you and your family. We understand you may have been waiting months or years to be able to buy your RV and we want to make this experience as wonderful as possible!

About Green Star Camper Center

We are located in Rapid City South Dakota! Most people know our area as the home of Mount Rushmore. So many tourists come through and we truly feel grateful to be able to call South Dakota our home. We were founded in 1959 and began the journey of selling mobile homes. The late 80’s brought a name change and a bigger inventory. We began selling travel trailers and fifth wheels and grew our lot immensely. Green Star Camper Center is a family owned and operated business and share 3 generations on the current staff. We are a loving family who treat each and every one of our clients like they are one of our family members!

Green Star Camper Center Trailers

Looking for a new or used Travel Trailer or Fifth Wheel? We believe in fair pricing and you will always find a deal and sometimes with prices significantly lower than the MSRP. We carry brands such as, Forest River and Keystone. You can check out our website to narrow down your search as well. Look for bunk beds, rear dinette, kitchen area, front bedroom, power awning and more. Whatever you are looking for, we can find something to match.

Services At Green Star Camper Center

If you already own a trailer and need parts or accessories, stop on by! We have the largest RV accessory and parts store in all of Rapid City. All of our technicians are highly trained and available to begin work on your trailer. Our service center has 3 bays so we can cut down wait time. We currently have 5 service technicians that are able to take a look and work on your used and new trailers. If you need something fixed or ready for upgrades, bring your trailer on down to Green Star Camper Center!


We cannot wait to meet you and help guide you through the process of buying an RV. Whether you are looking for used or new, fifth wheel or travel trailer, let us help you find something that will fit your traveling and overall needs. Stop by our shop anytime 8am-5pm M-F or 9am-2pm on Saturdays. If you have a quick question, feel free to give us a call at 605-343-6877, or our toll-free number 800-817-4879.