South Dakota Fall Vacation Planning Guide

Spending time in the Black Hills during fall is a spectacular experience! The leaves begin to change colors, the temperatures drop to comfortable levels, and the crowds of summer begin to dwindle – making way for less crowded trails for hiking and mountain biking. Fall is all about being cozy and comfortable. As locals to the Black Hills area, we wanted to share our tips and tricks for creating a memorable Black Hills fall vacation.  

Planning the Ultimate South Dakota Fall Vacation 

Snag a Great Deal on a Fall Vacation Rental 

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Enjoy lower rates on our Black Hills vacation home rentals when you book a stay during the fall season. With more availability and cabin rental options at great prices, planning a getaway to the Black Hills is easy. Cozy up in a cabin for two or bring the whole family or stay in one of our larger cabin rentals that can accommodate 12+ guests. We also have pet-friendly cabin rentals and rentals with private hot tubs to reward yourself after a long day of exploring the Black Hills. 
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Black Hills Outdoor Activities 

Fall Colors

Get outdoors and enjoy one of nature’s most beautiful seasons! Many people come to Black Hills and Badlands to view the leaves changing colors. The vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges are a sight to see. Peak times for viewing autumn foliage in the Black Hills is the end of September to mid-October. Wind through 22 miles of the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway to view the fall foliage from the comfort of your own car. There are plenty of pull-offs on the byway for you to stop and marvel at the fall colors. If you’re itching to get out of the car, a hike to Bridal Veil Falls or Roughlock Falls for some quiet time out in nature is a must-do while in the Black Hills. Other popular attractions in and around the area are Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Devils Tower.  

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Spot Wildlife in the Black Hills 


An hour away from Black Hills is Custer State Park – recognized as one of the Top Ten Wildlife Destinations in the World. Custer State Park is made up of 71,000 acres of land in the Black Hills and is a great place for travelers who love the outdoors and adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for bison, mountain goats, whitetail and mule deer, elk, coyotes and more. The drive through Custer State Park is an exciting one so buckle up and enjoy the ride. Please remember that these animals are wild and can be unpredictable. Keep your distance.

Ready to Experience Black Hills in the Fall? 

Take a road trip to the Black Hills and experience one of its most magical seasons. The air is crisp, the crowds of summer are gone, and you’ll snag a great deal on one of our Black Hills vacation rentals. Choose from a wide selection of Black Hills cabin rentals.

Bring the pup too – we offer pet-friendly Black Hills cabin rentals so that your four-legged friend can enjoy the fall foliage too. Can’t find what you’re looking for or have a question? Contact us and get in touch with one of our reservationists to help you plan your Black Hills vacation.  

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