Bear Butte State Park

Fees

Daily: $8 per vehicle
Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
Campsites: - non-electrical: $11
Horse Camp: $18
State Park Maps / Information
Amenities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Drinking water
  • Fishing dock
  • Horse camp
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Vault toilets
  • Visitor Center
Activities
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical interest
  • Horseback Riding

Address

Bear Butte State Park
20250 Hwy 79
PO Box 688
Sturgis, SD 57785
605.347.5240
Email: BearButte@state.sd.us
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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. Many American Indians see Bear Butte as a place where the creator has chosen to communicate with them through visions and prayer. During your visit, you will see colorful pieces of cloth and small bundles or pouches hanging from the trees. These prayer cloths and tobacco ties represent the prayers offered by individuals during their worship. Please respect these offerings and leave them undisturbed.

Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open. Park Size: Available on first-come, first served basis 15 non-electric campsites, 4 non-electric horse campsites and middle camp non-electric campsites Directions: Located 6 miles northeast of Sturgis off SD Highway 79 Nearest Town: Sturgis

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