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Custer State Park

Custer State Park

Custer State Park holds 71,000 acres of beautiful land and is home to an endless supply of world class granite. These granite formations hold some of the best rock climbing in the United States. Custer State Park was the first state park in South Dakota, and to this day remains the largest state park. Custer State Park is loaded with hiking trails, scenic drives, and wildlife.

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, the nation’s first national monument, is located just outside of Hulett, Wyoming. Devils Tower is a sacred landmark to many Native American Tribes, and thus deserves high respect when visiting and climbing. Devils Tower was formed from magma cooling under the surface of the Earth, as the soil eroded away, it left behind Devils Tower. The tower boasts some of the greatest crack climbing in the world and is home to over 140 different climbing routes.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore is arguably one of the most visited national parks in the country. The granite carving houses the faces of past presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Aside from the tourist attraction of the park, it is also home to 1,278 acres of beautiful forest, loaded with some of the best granite rock climbing in the country.

Palisades State Park

Palisades State Park

Palisades State Park, located just north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a truly beautiful destination. Palisades is home to Split Rock Creek, which flows through the middle of the park, and forms vertical cliffs on either side. These cliffs, made of Sioux Quartzite, are home to the best rock climbing in Eastern South Dakota.

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5 stars

Ross was our guide and he did an awesome job showing us the basics of rock climbing and making the whole group comfortable with what we were about to do. Overall just a cool guide! Very pleased with the customer service and clear communication from the Sylvan Rocks team. 10/10 would recommend to new and experienced climbers.

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As an experienced climber who had taken a bunch of years off of the rock I’ve started to get back into climbing with my wife and two kids, 9 and 11.I had some detailed nitty gritty questions about gear for my kids and some changes that have taken place in climbing since I’d dropped off so I stopped in Sylvan Rocks in Custer to see if I could find a few answers.Darryl was a wealth of knowledge and he was able to give me all the info I needed. In detail. I had been bumping into some of the Sylvan Rocks guides while we were climbing and they were impressive. Darryl carries himself in that same professional way as he dealt with our needs. Darryl didn’t suggest we upgrade any gear, but I took the opportunity to make some purchases of gear we wanted to give a try because Darryl was so helpful.I love it when a company earns my business. Sylvan Rocks did for sure.In a couple of years the kids will be ready to head out for some instruction from a qualified guide. Sylvan Rocks will get our business.

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We had such an amazing time! Brandon was our guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and personable! My husband and I went for the 6 hr climb package and it was everything that we hoped it would be! We were challenged and exhilarated, yet felt very safe the entire time! We are novice climbers and Brandon invested the time to teach us basic climbing skills-which we greatly appreciated. He was amazing at gauging our comfort level and providing us with climbs that were a great fit for us with amazing views! We can’t say enough great things about Brandon at Sylvan Rocks and we can’t wait to bring our kids back to experience the challenge and fun that climbing provides! This package is an amazing value for the investment! Climb on! : ).

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