Outside actions in, round Sioux Falls this winter


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – This week will be warmer than last week. So when the kids come home from school, adults have a break from work, or relatives are in town, it’s a chance to get outside.

The Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

The Great Bear Ski Valley in Sioux Falls opened at 9:00 am today (Dec. 26) Downhill skiing, tubing and the terrain park opened. The cross-country ski runs are groomed. The park is also a good place for a hike.

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In general, opening times are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but the tubing area may close at 8:30 p.m. Visit the website for admission and opening times.

Sioux Falls has several cross-country ski trails.

There are two trails at the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and at the East Sioux Falls Historic Site at 1900 S. Perry Place.

There is a trail in Sertoma Park at West 49th Street and Oxbow Avenue.

Spencer Park in Spencer Park, just southwest of I-229 and South Cliff Avenue, has two hiking trails.

If the interest is ice skating, Sioux Falls has six outdoor ice rinks. The locations are Campus Park, 1700 S. Summit Ave., Frank Olson Park, 4001 E. 16th, McKennan Park, 400 E. 26th St, Memorial Park, 7500 W. 26th St, Sherman Park, 2705 W. 12th St., and Tuthill Park, 3500 S. Cliff Ave.

During the winter break, the ice rinks are open from December 26th to 31st from 1pm to 8pm. The ice rinks are closed on January 1st but will reopen on January 2nd. The city also rents skates, and prices vary by age.

The Game Fish and Parks and the town of Sioux Falls have a snowshoe trail at the Outdoor Campus. The campus is located at 4500 S. Oxbow Ave. and is part of Sertoma Park.

Toboggan wanted in the Sioux Falls? The city’s website does not have an official toboggan guide, but an internet search shows these toboggan sites:

Tuthill Park has a toboggan hill. It is located in the upper part of the park at 3500 S. Cliff Ave.

Spellerberg Park at 2201-2299 W 22nd St., near the Midco Aquatics Center, also has a sledding hill.

Lions Park has a sledding hill at 2701 E. Marson Drive.

Leaders Park at 500 N. Leadale Ave. At least one review says this hill has bumps and thrills.

Outside of Sioux Falls

Outdoor activities are not limited to Sioux Falls.

The state’s extensive state park system offers many outdoor opportunities. There are cross-country ski runs, hiking trails and more. The Game Fish and Parks Department has a list of state parks with cross-country ski trails.

Skiers at Sioux Falls. Photo of the city of Sioux Falls.

For example, in eastern South Dakota, the public can cross-country ski at the Beaver Creek Nature Area at 48351 264th St. near Valley Springs, SD 57068

Go ice fishing at Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce.

Snowshoe Check is available at Newton Hills State Park at 28767 482nd Avenue
Canton, SD 57013.

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The GFP also has a list of parks with snowshoeing. See the link for an available list of parks that offer snowshoes.

Hiking trails and parks are open all winter. The list of GFP state parks can be found at this link.

If you might be visiting more relatives this week, Travel South Dakota has a list of outdoor activities in the state.

There is a ski slope in Wessington Springs. The city says on its website that it is a historic park. The town also has an ice rink.

The Hill in Winter Park in Wessington Springs. photo of the
City of Wessington Springs website.

Many towns in the state have a hiking trail, ice rink, or some form of ski resort. Check out a city or place to find this winter activity. The Dakota Nature Center Park in Brookings is just one example.

If ice fishing is the family sport, the state’s GFP has a list of all the waters open to the public. The GFP also has recommendations for the thickness of ice needed for fishing.

Snowmobilers will find public trails in the state park system. Status information includes available snowmobile routes and interactive maps, as well as other details.

Walker’s Point Recreation Area is a state area available for snowmobiling.

South Dakota is also home to a national park and national public areas. These may also be open for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter activities.

Travel South Dakota has a list of snowmobile trails in the state.