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Rankin Ridge

Location At Wind Cave Nat. Park on US 385 between Hot Springs and Pringle.
State(s) South Dakota
Counties Custer
Type Nature Trail
Length 1.00 Miles / 1.61 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency National Park Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




Climbs through ponderosa pine forest to Rankin Ridge Fire Tower which offers 360 panoramic view of Black Hills and surrounding plains. Self guiding booklets available.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 1/1

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available


In north section of park near Hwy 87. From I 90 at Rapid City exit onto US 79 south, for 50 miles to US 80. TR onto US 385 North, through Hot Springs to the park.


Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 1982

Date Last Updated: 04/17/2013


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Jim Taylor
Park Superintendent
Wind Cave National Park
RR1, Box 190
Hot Springs , SD 57747
(605) 745-4600


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Rankin Ridge Nature Trail Guide Document View/Download
NPS - trail information Website View/Download



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