Prairie Vista Trail

HARD 18 reviews

Prairie Vista Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Brandon, South Dakota 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.

2.4 miles
177 feet

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking





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This 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.

19 days ago

Fun trail with a lot of great views. A small section is aggressively uphill and wear you out if not prepared. The nature sounds are always present and views are spectacular for eastern South Dakota.

6 months ago

This is FAR from "Aggressive"!
I love this trail for exercising my dog, and myself, as well as early morning (sunrise) photography, but this is FAR from "Aggressive" (Maybe for YOUNG children I guess)

11 months ago

Holy Mosquitos, Batman! I'd definitely consider this a moderate hike at most, and that's considering that I pretty much sprinted up the hill to get away from the swarms of 'skeeters. The views are gorgeous from the top though!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Great scenic hike close to home. I would rate this more moderate than hard. There is one steep incline, and one decline, otherwise this trail is pretty much flat

mountain biking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

It was my first time riding the trail and it was a great uphill workout I must say. The downhill wasn't bad and was able to gain some good speed. Trail was well maintained so high five to the park!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hike!

cross country skiing
Friday, June 26, 2015

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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

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

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