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Summer Tips

Eight Simple Tips for a Great Day Outdoors

1) Pace Yourself

Choose a trail and pace that is comfortable for your fitness level. Walking and hiking is an ideal way to get and stay in shape, but overdoing it can be risky. Great Bear offers a variety of paths and trails to suit almost every one. Click here to see our trail maps.

2) Have Fun! 

Bring a camera to capture the flora and fauna on and off the trails.

3) Stay Hydrated

It’s always a good idea to bring plenty liquids to ensure your body stays hydrated. Water or sports drinks are ideals ways to keep your body working at peak performance.

4) Pack a Snack

A quick snack is a great way to keep your energy level up when walking. Health bars or granola provides a quick and healthy energy burst. Better yet, bring a picnic and make a day of it.

5) Have Fun!

Look high, look low. There are marvels of nature everywhere you look. 

6) Leave only Footprints

Please be sure to clean up after yourself and your pets. After all, nothing ruins the beauty of nature more than litter. 

7) Visit Often

Great Bear offers a wide variety of terrains for you to explore. And, as the season changes, every trail changes with it. The more you visit the more you’ll see and the better you’ll feel.

8) Have More Fun!

That’s what Great Bear Recreation Park is all about!

Great Bear Ski Valley warm weather activities include:

  • 4 miles of hiking trails
  • Varied terrain for different skill levels
  • Amazing scenic overlook
  • Beautiful natural vistas
  • Ideal picnicking spots
  • Great on-leash dog walking areas
  • Close to the city convenience
  • 32 miles of visibility on a clear day from Overlook Trail
  • Picture perfect settings with wooden bridges crossing creeks and ponds throughout 220 acres

    Your Guide to Outdoor Fun.

    Great Bear Recreation Park offers a 4-mile (6-kilometer) trail system just waiting to be discovered. Our park, just minutes from the city, features the Ralph and Doris Wallin Nature Trail which winds through hills and valleys. Click the link below for the Great Bear’s summer trail map that will make planning a great day outdoors as easy as a walk in the woods.

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    Come to Great Bear for skiing, snowboarding, tubing & more in Sioux Falls, SD. We also offer a location for weddings, corporate events, family reunions & more. 605-367-4309 bear hiking trails in the summer.jpg 5901 E Rice Street Sioux Falls SD 57110 US 43.57800230 -96.66454690 2401 W 49th Street Sioux Falls SD 57105 US 43.50791580 -96.75540070 Su 09:00-21:00 Mo 15:00-21:00 Tu 15:00-21:00 We 15:00-21:00 Th 15:00-21:00 Fr 09:00-22:00 Sa 09:00-21:00 bear lodge.jpg

    Great Bear is a great place to learn how to ski. We rent the best equipment so you can have the best day on the slopes. Our downhill and cross country ski rentals are industry-leading Rossingnol products. We also offer snowboard and adaptive ski equipment at affordable rates. Combined with an affordable season pass for your favorite area or an all-area pass, you never have to miss a second of the excitement this winter. Adaptive Ski Equipment – Great Bear has a limited supply of adaptive ski equipment available to the public at no charge. Please call 605-367-6031 for further information. day-1.jpg tubing.jpg

    - by , May 31, 2019
    5/ 5stars
    Great hiking. Greener than green. The trails were a bit muddy. We opted to stay on the more traveled roads. It was enjoyable. Heads up! Mosquitoes are treacherous. Bug spray did very little. They were less aggressive when I started explaining my political views.
    - by , June 02, 2019
    5/ 5stars
    I haven't skied here since I was a teenager. For the area, it's a great way to spend the day on Christmas break. I recently discovered all the trails in the area. I've lived in Sioux Falls most of my life and I've been here more this summer than I have any winter! Bring your bug spray, the gnats and mosquitoes are ferocious deep in the woods.
    - by , May 26, 2019
    4/ 5stars
    I bring my poodle here to hike frequently! It's fifteen minutes from my house. It's probably the nicest place to hike for a couple of hours that's not an hour's drive away. There are a nice assortment of trails to walk on!
    - by , May 22, 2019
    5/ 5stars
    Had our wedding reception at Great Bear, and it was awesome!! Everything was excellent ... the food, the drinks, the decorations, ect. Jill and her team did a great job and made it very easy on us. Highly recommend this place!
    - by , August 11, 2019
    5/ 5stars
    One of the better kept places to hike. Doesn't stink half as bad as MOST trails is Sioux Falls.
    Rated 4.5/5 based on 343 customer reviews