Great Bear Recreation Park

4.567 Votes
  • Address: 5901 E Rice St, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, USA, United States
  • Phone: +1-6053674309
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Park, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Adventure

No matter what season it is, the Great Bear Recreation Park offers something for all ages all year round. Winters turn the whole place into one of the best skiing spots in the city while during summers, the park is loved for the hiking trails.

Bird watchers will love the variety of birds that come your way as you explore the trails whilethe scenic views all around, are apt for photography.

Great Bear Recreation Park Travel Tips

  • If you want to hike through the Wallin Nature Trail system, do wear study shoes and carry a few power snacks and water with you.

Entrance Ticket Details For Great Bear Recreation Park

Skiing: Lift Tickets

  • Full Day (9.00 am to 9.00 pm): USD26
  • Half-Day (3.00 pm to 9.00 pm): USD23
  • Kids 5 and under ski/ride: free with a paid adult


  • Skis, Boots & Poles (Cross Country, Downhill and Telemark)Weekdays / Weekends: USD 23.
  • Adaptive Ski Equipment – Great Bear has a limited supply of adaptive ski equipment available to the public at no charge.
  • Snowboard & Boots Weekday / Weekends: USD 23
  • Demo ski rentals- Great Bear has high performance ski rental equipment available for: USD35.

Kirby Family Tubing Park admission fee:

  • Season long pass: Tubing USD149
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 3 pm – 9 pm USD9
  • Friday: 3 pm – 10 pm for USD9

Weekends & School Holidays:

  • Morning Session: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm for USD12
  • Afternoon Session: 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm for USD17
  • Evening Session: 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm for USD12
  • All day (unlimited time) for USD20
  • Kids 5 and under tube free with an adult. 

For other prices, visit the official website.

Great Bear Recreation Park Hours

Skiing and Snowboarding (during winters)

  • Monday – Thursday: 3.00 pm-9.00 pm
  • Friday: 9.00 am-10.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • Sioux Falls school holidays: 9.00 am – 10.00 pm

Kirby Family Tubing Park (during winters)

  • Monday Closed to groups of 50 only.
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 3.00 pm-9.00 pm
  • Friday: 3.00 pm-10.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • Sioux Falls school holidays: 9.00 am – 10.00 pm

During Spring, Summer and Fall seasons:

  • The Wallin Nature Trail System is open from 8.00 am till dusk, 7 days a week.

For other timings including snowboarding and skiing lessons, visit the official website.

How to Reach Great Bear Recreation Park

  • By Bus: Cleveland/1 blk south of Rice (around 4 kilometers away)
  • By Taxi

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  • Great Bear Recreation Park Address: 5901 E Rice St, Sioux Falls, SD 57110, USA, United States
  • Great Bear Recreation Park Contact Number: +1-6053674309
  • Time required to visit Great Bear Recreation Park: 06:00 Hrs
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  • 12.45% of people who visit Sioux Falls include Great Bear Recreation Park in their plan

  • 54.55% of people start their Great Bear Recreation Park visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Great Bear Recreation Park

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Great Bear Recreation Park

People normally club together Devil's Gulch and Sioux Falls Canaries while planning their visit to Great Bear Recreation Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Great Bear Recreation Park Reviews & Ratings

  • Great Bear was our wedding venue and we absolutely loved the entire experience. Jill the event coordinator was very helpful the entire time. They are reasonably priced and are willing to work with almost anything you want. We had such a blast having our wedding at this location. It's so beautiful plus you have absolutely everything you need in one place. We had our whole day out there! The photos, rehearsal, ceremony and reception. They cater the food for you and have so many beautiful spots to take pictures. We can't say how much we appreciate everything they did for us. We know for a FACT that we wouldn't have gotten the same treatment elsewhere and we would have had to pay more elsewhere too. I HIGHLY recommend this location for any event that you are planning. We do love enjoying some time out here in the winter too.

  • We hike quite often at Great Bear. There are many trails that vary in difficulty from a leisurely stroll on a wide gravel path to a more strenuous dirt path with significant gradient changes. We can easily spend a few hours here exploring trails. For the area and its size limitations, it is excellent hiking. Definitely take bug spray as the mosquitoes are quite bad in some areas.

  • Great hiking. Greener than green. The trails were a bit muddy. We opted to stay on the more traveled roads. It was enjoyable. Heads up! Mosquitoes are treacherous. Bug spray did very little. They were less aggressive when I started explaining my political views.

  • I haven't skied here since I was a teenager. For the area, it's a great way to spend the day on Christmas break. I recently discovered all the trails in the area. I've lived in Sioux Falls most of my life and I've been here more this summer than I have any winter! Bring your bug spray, the gnats and mosquitoes are ferocious deep in the woods.

  • I bring my poodle here to hike frequently! It's fifteen minutes from my house. It's probably the nicest place to hike for a couple of hours that's not an hour's drive away. There are a nice assortment of trails to walk on!

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