Garretson, SD

Quick City Facts

County: Minnehaha
Population (2019): 1,147
Population (2010): 1,166

Data provided by US Census Bureau (2019)

Welcome to Garretson, SD. You’ll find nature at its finest only 20 minutes northeast of Sioux Falls just north of I-90. Explore red quartzite pinnacles and chasms along Split Rock River in three Garretson parks. Back road scenery, geology, history of prairie pioneers and legendary bandits Jesse and Frank James are waiting for you to discover in Garretson.

History

The town of Garretson was named after A.S. Garretson of Sioux City, IA.  He was instrumental in moving the little town of Palisades to the present site of Garretson because of the Sioux City and Northern Railroad. The move from the Palisades to the Garretson site took place in 1889, the same year that South Dakota became a state. The legacy of the James Boys dominates area folklore. Devil’s Gulch is a popular spot for those who are intrigued with the history of the site.

Recreation / Community Activities

Home of Jesse James Pontoon rides-Great Family Attraction!  This 45-minute back-to-nature guided tour takes rides over calm waters past Majestic red Sioux quartzite cliffs to view wildlife, nature’s splendor and the cave where Jesse James hid. For reservations call 605-594-2225.

At Devil’s Gulch, stand on the footbridge spanning the chasm that Jesse James jumped over during a pursuit. Enjoy quartzite rock formations at Palisades State Park and Split Rock Park. You can camp, fish, hike and picnic at both facilities.

Garretson is a busy community that has many events throughout the year for families to enjoy. We are particularly well known for the way we celebrate the Christmas season. The first Saturday in December is the annual “Old Fashioned Christmas” in Garretson, which is our kickoff for the holiday season. Please check our community calendar for more information of this event and other family activities.

While you’re in Garretson, check out the variety of unique businesses. There are several restaurants and gift shops that you can visit. We invite you to browse and find out more about our community.

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Popular Attractions

Broken Arrow Trading Company Inc.

Broken Arrow Trading Company Inc.

Keystone

Cafe Coteau

Cafe Coteau

Brookings

Rushmore Mountain Sports

Rushmore Mountain Sports

Spearfish

Escapades Escape Rooms

Escapades Escape Rooms

Sioux Falls

Charlie’s Pizza House

Charlie’s Pizza House

Yankton

Porter Sculpture Park

Porter Sculpture Park

Montrose

Storybook Island

Storybook Island

Rapid City

Oscar Howe’s Mobridge Murals

Oscar Howe’s Mobridge Murals

Mobridge

Nemo Guest Ranch

Nemo Guest Ranch

Nemo

M.B. Haskett Delicatessen

M.B. Haskett Delicatessen

Sioux Falls

Wine Time on Main

Wine Time on Main

Sioux Falls

21 Baker Street

21 Baker Street

Huron

Trailshead Lodge

Trailshead Lodge

Lead

Sweet Grass Bakery and Coffee Shop

Sweet Grass Bakery and Coffee Shop

Wessington Springs

McNally’s Irish Pub

McNally’s Irish Pub

Sioux Falls

Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce

Hill City Area Chamber of Commerce

Hill City

1872 Saloon

1872 Saloon

Yankton

Chef Louie’s

Chef Louie’s

Mitchell

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