Rankin Ridge

Type: Nature Trail
Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: At Wind Cave Nat. Park on US 385 between Hot Springs and Pringle.
States: South Dakota
Counties: Custer
Latitude: 43.62285   Longitude: -103.48596

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.


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.

Additional Details

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

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Rankin Ridge Nature Trail Guide
Website: NPS - trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

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



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