16 Ways To Enjoy Autumn in South Dakota

16 Ways To Enjoy Autumn in South Dakota

Seasonal tips, iconic locations, and harvest festivals all over the state!

Average Fall Temperatures in South Dakota

August: High: 81 / low: 60 – September High: 75/ Low: 51 – October: High: 60 / Low: 39 – November: High: 45/ Low: 28

Take a Hike in Badlands National Park


The Badlands National Park  is a cluster of eroding buttes and pinnacles surrounded by beautiful prairies on all sides. Try the Notch Trail for a thrill!

Visit Wind Cave National Park


Wind Cave showcases 140+ miles of discovered cave. The "Garden of Eden" tour, is a ranger-led walk 150 stairs deep in the heart of the cave.

Discover Custer State Park


Consisting of 71,000 acres in the Black Hills, this park encompasses rolling hills, granite peaks, and beautiful lakes and wildlife around every corner.

Drive The Needles Highway


Take a fall drive on the Needles Highway. This 14-mile road in Custer State Park explodes with gorgeous fall colors around every twist and turn of the road.



This 6.8-mile out-and-back trail has a stone fire lookout at the end. You can see views of the back of Mount Rushmore and the granite mountains of the Black Hills.

Celebrate oktoberfest in Deadwood


Every autumn, Deadwood celebrates its western version of Oktoberfest. Weiner dog and beer barrel races, street drinking, and fun gatherings are on every corner.

See Mount Rushmore National Monument


This is one of the most iconic places to visit in the United States. The display includes four US presidents carved on the side of a granite cliff.

Soak Away Your Worries in Hot Springs, SD


A visit to Moccasin Springs Natural Mineral Spa is the perfect way to wind down after a South Dakota fall afternoon.

Go Fall Camping


In the fall, the weather is crisp and cool, perfect for waking up in nature! Book your next site at Union Grove State Park near Beresford.

Take A Hike near Sioux Falls


Sica Hollow State Park is known for eerie happenings. Take the Trail of the Spirits in the evening for a thrilling walk!

Get inspired!

Want more autumn activity ideas? Read our full guide to Fall in South Dakota below for even more seasonal inspiration!