Stratobowl Rim Trail

EASY 58 reviews

Stratobowl Rim Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rapid City, South Dakota that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
147 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


1 day ago

Simple, wide, gravel dirt road like trail. Easy hike for an amazing fire at the end. Perfect if you’re crunched for time.

17 days ago

Casual walking trail, but views at the end are amazing!

19 days ago

Super easy hike with a great view at the end!

1 month ago

Nice for the family

1 month ago

Very quick and easy; wide trail; great view of the Stratobowl at the end.

1 month ago

One of my favorite little hikes to get some fresh air and take in the views!

7 months ago

Easy, road-width trail. Good for all ages and abilities. Slight hills to get to the lookout. The scenery at the lookout is amazing. The information about the first balloon flights is fenced in but quite interesting to read.

8 months ago

Easy walk on a road no longer used. Great view at the end. I remember years age being able to drive back there on that road. make sure you read about the history on the pillars in the fenced area. view at the end is spectacular.

9 months ago

Trailhead can easily be missed driving 60mph down the highway. Trail is just a gravel road that winds around a forested area. Lots of trees cut down and piled up along the side of the trail. Very secluded, but again, it could be because it's a gravel road that has been blocked off to car entrance. No true parking area. Road went downhill most of the way, so unclear if this was actually the trail or used to be the road to get to the trailhead which would lead up? Very disappointed.

10 months ago

Great trail. Very easy. And the views are spectacular once you get to the top. Interesting information about atmospheric balloon tests. Would highly recommend. Dog and kid friendly.

10 months ago

Easy hike to the top but the view down feels a bit unsafe as the cliff just drops off with no barrier. A bit scary with kids.

10 months ago

Fun easy hike with a beautiful view!

11 months ago

Very comfortable trail, easy for little ones.

11 months ago

very easy, pretty quick trail, the views were absolutely beautiful and we were out there for about an hour

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Simple, easy to hike trail that ends up at a gorgeous overlook of the Strato Bowl.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Very easy. You walk on a gravel road the entire time.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful views and a great piece of history!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Super easy and short. The view is ok but it's a bit of a long drive for just this. Maybe stopping by on your way somewhere else would be ok but it's barely worth it to make this a hiking "destination". It is good for kids and for the historical significance of the site but I doubt I'll be back again

Thursday, March 09, 2017

easy trail, a very gradual climb and the trail is quite wide. very family/kid friendly. the view is awesome

mountain biking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Great view minus the houses from the top. I biked up this trail and would definitely come back to do so again, nice wide trail the whole way up with gradual hills. I personally wouldn't waste hiking this unless I was with little ones who can't go far, or unless you're looking for a quick getaway from town.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

very easy good for beginners the view was alright minus all the houses ruining the scenery

Sunday, August 07, 2016

nicely maintained easy ride

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Nice, easy path. Some beautiful views along the way.

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