What To Do In Lead

Backcountry aficionados with a taste for muddy trails, powderhounds dreaming of your own perfect snow, weekend warriors looking to make the most of that well deserved break?

We have what you are looking for. Lead is an outdoors enthusiast’s dream – come and play to your heart’s content!

Just minutes away from downtown, you will find prime golfing with the stunning Black Hills as a backdrop, hiking on hundreds of hiking trails, fishing in Spearfish Canyon and other small streams, great trails to explore on your ATV, the Mickelson Trail – a local favorite for biking and running, as well as many great spots for camping, rock climbing, and hunting.  

Every winter, our playground turns into a snow-smothered paradise. With over 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, as well as two great ski areas right at our front doors, we can really boast four seasons worth of some of the best outdoors fun.

Best part of it all? We don’t mind sharing!

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The George S Mickelson Trail

The premier trail within the South Dakota State Park system, this 109-mile jewel stretches the length of the Black Hills. It follows an abandoned railroad bed, and climbs gently into jagged cliffs and pine forests. The Mickelson Trail has a crushed limestone surface and wide path. It tops out at 6,100 feet but rarely exceeds a 4-percent grade (making it perfect for leisure riders). Trestle bridges and railroad tunnels add to the charm of the trail. Start your adventure at any of 15 trailheads.