National Natural Landmarks

Bear Butte

Bear Butte
Bear Butte. Photo by H. Storsve.

A cone-shaped mass of igneous rock standing alone 1,300 feet above the surrounding plains, Bear Butte illustrates the geological processes of igneous intrusion, folding and faulting, and exposure by differential erosion.

Location: Meade County, SD ; Meade County, SD

Year designated: 1965

Acres: 1,116

Ownership: State, Tribal, Private

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