Cactus Flats, South Dakota: Giant Concrete Prairie Dog

Twelve feet of paint-chipped, weather-worn, prairie-dog-resembling cement glory, next to a prairie dog town and the Ranch Store gift shop.

The Ranch Store

Address:
Hwy 240 Badlands Loop, Cactus Flats, SD
Directions:
The Ranch Store. I-90 exit 131. Drive south on Hwy 240 for one mile.
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Prairie dogs -- peanut melee? Giant Concrete Prairie Dog

For fifty cents you buy a bag of peanuts and feed the well-behaved prairie dogs. Great time!

[Alex Charyna, 08/04/2011]
Prairie Dog statue. The Ranch Store - Prairie Dogs

The longstanding giant pink and ocher cement prairie dog roadside sentinel is permanently affixed to a cement base. Besides the obvious photo opportunity and feeding the resident prairie dogs, the roadside attraction deserves a look around. There is a great old sign on top of the building of a longhorn steer and a very weathered prairie dog painting, along with a collection of roof level cow skulls.

[Phil Pasquini, 09/20/2010]
Did someone say peanut? The Ranch Store - Prairie Dogs

From Illinois, back for a third visit in 2008, we are vetted by the greeting committee. Recognize you are in the prairie dogs' home; patience and peanuts will sometimes lessen their timidity.

[Ed Glassner, 11/03/2009]
Cactus Flats Ranch Store. Cactus Flats - Prairie Dog Town

The big cement prairie dog is still there and available for pictures, but I loved the store even more. This is the way souvenir shops should be. Quirky and fun, with friendly staff.

[robin read, 11/22/2004]
Prairie Dog. Prairie Dog Town

The Ranch Store is still booming! You can see the Prairie Dogs for free, but you have to buy bags of peanuts if you want to feed them. The Ranch Store has a good assortment of candy and I remember there being some rocks and minerals for sale.

A few more miles, and you get to the Prairie Homestead, where you may purchase Rare White Prairie Dogs for a dirt cheap price of only $500....

[Jordan Chastain, 06/07/2003]

We suspect South Dakota prairie dog commerce -- albino or otherwise -- has been affected by the Monkeypox outbreak.

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