Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Rapid City, I have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in Rapid City, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Rapid City, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

    Cases are climbing again, and areas are returning to lockdown. If you or a companion get COVID-19, you may be stuck with no way home -- but travel insurance can protect you. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel insurance

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly option.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can wear out. An unreadable card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection possible.

General health necessities

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America by month

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January

If you go to Rapid City in January, you will notice that it is pretty cool and snowy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

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February

February in Rapid City is brisk and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain regularly. It also snows once in a while. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

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March

March in Rapid City can be very chilly and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time. It also snows once in a while. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

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April

April in Rapid City is relatively cool and snowy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time and snows once in a while.

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May

May is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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June

June in Rapid City is a perfect temperature, somewhat rainy and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) to high 70s F (mid 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

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July

July in Rapid City can be sweltering and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

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August

August in this region is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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September

If you vacation in Rapid City during September, you may see that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

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October

If you vacation in Rapid City during October, you may notice that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

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November

November in Rapid City is brisk and snowy. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

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December

December in Rapid City is frosty and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain sometimes. It also snows occasionally. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

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Activities for Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Rapid City.

If you go to Reptile Gardens, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.

If you go to the Journey Museum & Learning Center, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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