Prairie Vista Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Brandon, SD that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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This 2.8-mile trail is an aggressive hiking trail that takes trail users along a scenic route of the Big Sioux River. A suspension bridge goes over the river where the majority of the trail is located. This trail winds along with the Big Sioux on one side and a large prairie area on the other. A pretty impressive hill provides an awe-inspiring view. The archery trail connects to this trail. Park visitors may want to do a treasure hike using a GPS unit to find coordinates set by park staff. Horseback riders can access the trail from their own designated parking lot. Snowmobilers can take advantage of the trail during the winter months.
It's a fun moderate hike. A little confusing to get to footbridge but after that the trail is fairly obvious. Had a great time training for Philmont with my sons and recommend the trail.
This trail has big views and is a good length for a workout. The beginning goes through a disc golf course and could be a little confusing the first time through. Just head West until you get to the footbridge over the river. I hiked it counter clockwise and after you cross the foot bridge you go up and up to the top of the ridge. Big breezy views await. Prairie and few trees on this trail. Great for keeping bugs away in the breeze. Dirt trail then loops down to the Big Sioux River and then back to the trail head. @backpackerneil