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.

Many American Indians see Bear Butte as a place where the creator has chosen to communicate with them through visions and prayer.


Bear Butte State Park
20250 SD-79, Sturgis, SD 57785, United States



Open year-round.


Daily: $8 per vehicle

Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 second vehicle (with coupon) | $80 transferable license

Campsites – non-electrical: $11 per night

Horse Camp: $18 per night white

Contact Details

Phone: 605-347-5240


Official Website: Bear Butte State Park


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Bear Butte State Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


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