PIERRE, S.D. - Do you like to step off the beaten path and experience new places? Crossing the state of South Dakota can become a pilgrimage into unseen destinations, if you are willing to become an intrepid, off-the-Interstate explorer. Following the Oyate Trail can give travelers access to a unique side of South Dakota that few experience.

The Oyate trail is a 388-mile highway system that stretches from Vermillion to Edgemont, along Highways 50 and 18. Along the way, travelers can discover cultural and historical sites that represent the heritage of both Native Americans and Europeans. Traveling the Oyate Trail gives first-time visitors to the state a unique experience, and South Dakota residents can explore a part of their state they may not have previously experienced.

Destinations along the trail include Edgar’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain in Elk Point, the Fort Randall Casino in Pickstown, the Sicangu Heritage Center on the Rosebud Reservation at Mission, and in Hot Springs, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, the Mammoth Site and Wind Cave National Park. Art enthusiasts may be interested in the Red Cloud Heritage Center in Pine Ridge, which hosts an art show each year. This year, the art show will be held June 3- August 12, 2012. A notable outdoor location is the Missouri River National Recreational River, a 100-mile stretch of the Missouri River that has been preserved and protected by the National Park Service.

Traveling along the highway, scenic views span from the hauntingly beautiful Badlands National Park to the foothills of the Black Hills, with quaint farm and ranch scenes spread between. Along the trail, explorers can also experience excellent South Dakota wineries, a variety of fascinating museums and a number of wildlife refuges and parks. For more information about the Oyate Trail, please visit their website at: http://oyatetrail.com/.


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