About Bear Butte State Park
Mato Paha or "Bear Mountain" is the Lakota name given to this site. To the Cheyenne, it is "Noahvose." This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes who come here to hold religious ceremonies. Please be respectful of worshippers and their religious practices.
Many American Indians see Bear Butte as a place where the creator has chosen to communicate with them through visions and prayer.
During your visit, you will see colorful pieces of cloth and small bundles or pouches hanging from the trees. These prayer cloths and tobacco ties represent the prayers offered by individuals during their worship. Please respect these offerings and leave them undisturbed.
The Bear Butte Education Center highlights the mountain's geology, history and the cultural beliefs of the Northern Plains Indians. An on-site interpreter is available during the summer months. Please call for group arrangements. The Education Center is open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. May - September.
Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.
Park Size: Available on first-come, first served basis 15 non-electric campsites, 4 non-electric horse campsites and middle camp non-electric campsites
Directions: Located 6 miles northeast of Sturgis off SD Highway 79
Nearest Town: Sturgis
- Boat Dock
- Fishing Dock
- Hiking Trails
- Historical Interest
- Horse Camp
We always find this place very spiritual. I never go through this part of the country without stopping. Well taken care of just a great place to find peace.
The view was breathtaking and it was so peaceful, a person could just stay there forever, I enjoyed myself immensely. I Love it there.
Best park I've ever been to - the staff was knowledgeable and helpful.
A beautiful and quiet park. Very well kept, park rangers are sweethearts, too.
Good place to tent camp. Quiet and out of town.