Hostels in South DakotaHostels in South Dakota

You are looking for hostels in South Dakota? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your South Dakota hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking South Dakota.

All Cities in South Dakota

We list every single hostel in South Dakota and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in South Dakota for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All South Dakota hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in South Dakota. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking South Dakota

There is a lot to see and do in South Dakota. Unfortunately the entire state is fairly sparse when it comes to hostels. The only hostels you will find at the time of writing is in the town of Lead, near the Black Hills National Forest. This is a stunning area to visit and get some hiking in while you are here. The Black Hills National Forest is home to two of the major touristic drawcards for the state of South Dakota. The first is the world famous Mount Rushmore with the faces of the four presidents carved into the rock face. It is an impressive monument and really worth the visit. Most people know about Mount Rushmore, however, few seem to know about Crazy Horse, which is the natives tribute to their leader. When completed, this will be the largest statue in the world, again carved out of the cliff face using strategically placed dynamite, however the natives refuse to accept government funding for it so the statue is still a work in progress and they make the money to continue working on it through donations from the visitors. You should be able to travel to each of these places fairly easily from Lead with a car. Getting around without a car in this area will be a challenge though and you will have to ask at your hostel if you don't have one.

Other day trips to amazing parks that you can are the famous Badlands National Park which is a beautiful place to explore and watch a sunset and the Custer State Park, also a great visit and is full of wild buffalo.

While driving through South Dakota towards the east along the main highways, you will see a million and one signs to visit a place called Wall Drug. This place has become an institution. It started out being a family pharmacy that was struggling and decided to advertise free ice water to travellers by placing signs along the highway to draw them into their business. The business is now huge and houses not just a pharmacy, but a restaurant, a whole stack of gifts and souvenirs. You can even get your own Wall Drug sticker.

Also if you are looking for something a little different and kooky, swing into Mitchell and visit the Corn Palace. They have pretty much decorated the entire outside of the building with different coloured corn. They use the buildings for different community events but you can go in and see the exhibition on corn inside and pick up a few 'corny' gifts. There are no hostels near Mitchell so you will need to organize other transport or you will have to move on to another state to find a hostel.

expert for South Dakota hostels

Handwritten by local expert for South Dakota hostels Globetrotter

FAQ on Hostels in South Dakota

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in South Dakota?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in South Dakota here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in South Dakota safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.