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Read about 4 Rapid City parks full of amenities & great views, and plan a day of outdoor fun in the sun during your stay at Comfort Suites Rapid City

4 Spectacular Rapid City Parks

National Park Week, held from April 20th through April 28th, is not only a great time to celebrate the national parks located here in South Dakota, but also the many enriching local parks that are scattered throughout Rapid City. In addition, it is the perfect time of the year to bask in the sun and breathe in the fresh, Black Hills air while taking part in the many springtime activities available within those parks. We have outlined four of the best parks through Rapid City so you can enjoy some outdoor recreation during your stay at the Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

Founders Park

Located near the heart of Rapid City, Founders Park was named for the city’s founders who camped on the site while the town was being first laid out. The park’s 60 acres hold such amenities as volleyball courts, picnic tables, a bike path and spots for fishing. A favorite activity of locals and tourists alike is making the trek up to the giant “M” that adorns a hill adjacent to the park. Founders Park is located only 11 minutes from Comfort Suites, on West Omaha Street. 

Canyon Lake Park

Nestled in west Rapid City, Canyon Lake Park spans 29 acres and is jam-packed full of activities for all ages. If you’re looking to relax, grab your fishing pole and try your luck at catching the abundance of fish in the lake, or sit at one of the many benches located throughout the park and simply take in the views. For those looking for a little adventure, rent a paddleboat and sail across the waters, or grab a Frisbee and make use of the park’s large open spaces. There are many picnic areas located throughout the park, where you can grill up some hot dogs for lunch. Canyon Lake Park is located at 4181 Jackson Boulevard in Rapid City, and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Dinosaur Park

Located high on Rapid City’s Skyline Drive, Dinosaur Park features seven giant dinosaur sculptures that were created in 1936. The sculptures represent actual dinosaur species that have been found through the area, adding a bit of education to your visit. Views from the park are jaw-dropping, and are said to reach all the way to the Badlands. Before you leave, make sure you stop by the Dinosaur Park Gift Shop and Visitor Center and pick up some souvenirs and freshly made fudge to take back home!

Sioux Park

Offering tennis courts, soccer and football fields, a track, playgrounds, a swimming pool and a bike path, Sioux Park boasts plenty of activities where you can get in a good workout, or simply enjoy the sun on your shoulders. It is located only two miles from Canyon Lake Park, allowing you to easily explore two Rapid City outdoor hotspots.  

In addition to these Rapid City parks, make sure you head to the iconic Badlands National Park on April 20th, 2019, when you can enjoy free entrance in celebration of National Park Week.

With its amazing parks full of incredible views and unique outdoor recreation, western South Dakota is an amazing place to be this time of year. And we can’t think of a better way to round out your day of fun than by taking a dip in the heated indoor pool back here at the Comfort Suites in Rapid City.