South Dakota Wilderness Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers

Finding the right substance abuse treatment facility is an important part of achieving success while in rehab. The right facility supports the unique needs and interests of the participant, using positive experiences and therapies to replace negative behaviors. There are religious treatment centers, holistic rehabs, and intensive clinical facilities. However, some people find themselves looking for something outside of the usual – a rehab program grounded in the beauty of nature itself.

For lovers of the great outdoors, wilderness drug rehab can be an opportunity to become one with nature and experience the therapeutic benefits of living in the great outdoors. People who enjoy hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding can do all of those things and more when they break outside the boundaries of a traditional treatment facility and experience all the South Dakota wilderness has to offer.


World-class hiking abounds at Badlands National Park, where those journeying to sobriety will be able to explore the wilderness. There are a variety of flat and sloped trails, which range significantly in difficulty. Castle Trail is the longest trail in the park at 10 miles. Though level throughout, the trail passes some beautiful badlands formations. A much shorter and easier trail – the Fossil Exhibit Trail – features replicas of fossils as they may have originally been found in the area.

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People who appreciate camping and who want to recover in a peaceful location will enjoy doing so at Bismarck Lake. The campground is well-equipped and capable of hosting tent campers, trailers, and RVs. During the day, campers can enjoy the beauty of Bismarck Lake or hike to the summit of nearby Harney Peak. Located inside a natural canyon, Bear Gulch offers drinking water, a toilet, and RV sites. Temperatures are relatively mild during summer, though a dip in the nearby lake is a great way to cool off on a warm day.

Wildlife Viewing

Badlands National Park is a wildlife hot spot and always has been. In ancient times, saber-toothed cats were known to be indigenous to the area. Today, patients in treatment for addiction can expect to see the likes of bighorn sheep, black-footed ferrets, and bison. Those who find themselves at Bismarck Lake will enjoy even more wildlife, with elk, bald eagles, falcons, and deer common in the area. Likewise, sheep and elk are also common at Bear Gulch, as are mule deer, wild turkey, and osprey.

Horseback Riding

There are several horseback riding opportunities for the animal enthusiast patient in South Dakota, including on the more than 64,000 acres of property in the Badlands National Park Wilderness Area. Though there are no designated horse trails, riders are allowed on horseback anywhere in the park outside of marked trails for hiking. In the Black Hills National Forest, commercial horseback riding is available with trained horses and guided lessons for the inexperienced. Aside from Badlands National Park, several other parks have horseback riding areas, including Custer State Park and Bear Butte State Park.

Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in South Dakota

A life free of addiction is full of opportunity. There is no better way to kick off the path to sobriety than with a nature-based drug and rehab program set in the great outdoors. If you or someone you know needs help for drug or alcohol abuse, let be your guide to finding an addiction treatment program that is right for you. Contact us today and get the assistance you need.


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