The City of Presidents is a nickname given to Rapid City, a 55 square mile town in the foothills of the black hills, and only 20 miles from Mount Rushmore. The town was founded during the gold rush of the 1870s and became more popular during the early 1900s when Mount Rushmore was being built. Due to its popularity, you'll be sure to find more than just humans here, but also human's best friend.
When you want to take Man's best friend to go and play, head to the Braeburn Addition Off-Leash Dog Area is one of the top picks to bring your dog in the area, with over 10 acres of open land and creek for dogs to run around off-leash. The area is more natural than most, and only has some trash bins, so be prepared to bring water and clean-up bags. The park is also not fenced in.
There are plenty of options for families to get closer to nature, and many of these options allow pets. Like Bear Country USA, a 3-mile drive through bear country where you can spot the furry giants in the wild. Another option is the Reptile Gardens, where dogs are allowed to come and visit the reptiles on-leash. Park members also provide drinking water in the summer for dog visitors.
There's no better place to close to nature with you and your dog, so be sure to enjoy all the incredible benefits that this small town and it's neighborhoods have to offer, including the 13 animal hospitals!
Enjoy some fantastic views from Robbinsdale Park in the Old Robbinsdale neighborhood. Sitting at a higher elevation than Rapid City, this dog park has a great view of the surrounding area. The 1-acre plot of land has trails and an off-leash area for dogs. Trash bins, benches, and clean-up stations are available. For some privacy from other dogs, head into the central park area where you and your dog can walk along the 1-mile long loop trail, where your dog must remain on a leash.
The Shaeferville neighborhood is on the west side of Rapid City and is home to the small, barely known Wilderness Park. The park is true to its name, as its located off a backcountry road and seemingly in the middle of nowhere surrounded by trees. The open field is perfect for a game of fetch, and the large hill at the back of the park has hiking trails to climb up to it. The hill rewards adventurers with unique views of the surrounding wilderness. The park is relatively bare, with only a bench and trash bin, so owners must bring clean-up bags and water.
Home to downtown venues and large parks, this neighborhood is a lively place to walk with your dog. Memorial Park will meet you and your dog's needs for outdoor exercise, with over 2.2 miles of trails just inside the park, and essential dog amenities such as waste stations and water fountains. After getting all that energy out, take a break at Thirty's down the street. Relax on the outdoor dog-friendly patio where your dog will be given water and a treat! The only downside is the human has to pay for their food.
The Jurassic Heights neighborhood in Rapid City is a hilly, lush plot of land with plenty of trees. Some of these trees are part of the Skyline Wilderness Park, a 150-acre park that's dog-friendly to all leashed dogs. The trails are natural and scenic, like the Dinosaur Park Trailhead, built in the 1930s with giant statues of T-Rex, Triceratops, and other enormous dinosaurs. Another great feature of the park is the Stonewall Overlook, which will give you miles long views of Rapid City and beyond. The well-maintained trails can't be beaten for dog walking, so when you come and visit be prepared with water and clean-up bags!
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Cambell Street is just east of City Center in Rapid City. The neighborhood is best known with its resident dogs for its off-leash dog park, the Knollwood Metering Dam. The area is a massive piece of land with access to Rapid Creek. Although not fenced-in, dogs are welcome to run free through the open fields, along the trails, and into the creek. The park features benches and clean-up stations, and extra large shades to ke!ep the sun off both your backs!