Cactus Flat, South Dakota: Six-Ton Prairie Dog Team Field Report

The Ranch Store

21190 SD-240, Cactus Flat, SD
The Ranch Store. I-90 exit 131. Drive south on Hwy 240 for one mile.
Prairie Dog year-round; Ranch Store May-Oct. daily 8-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Prairie Dog statue.

Six-Ton 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. Report... [10/12/2015]

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Prairie Dog.

Six-Ton Prairie Dog

Beside the Six Ton Prairie Dog is a village of normal size prairie dogs. One was letting a teenage boy and girl pet him. He would run a short way and fall on his belly, pretending like he was dead. The boy and girl would pet his head and back, then he would run and do it again, falling on his belly.

[Melanie Turner, 08/02/2019]

Prairie Dog.

Six-Ton Prairie Dog

It's such an adorable place! You can feed those hungry little buggers right out of your hand!

[Kirsta Siems, 09/19/2018]
Six-Ton Prairie Dog

We just visited the large prairie dog. It looks newly painted. More of a pink body, but I guess that's part of its history. The Ranch Store was closed. We bought the small bag of peanuts by the bucket outside, placing $1 in a little red wooden box. No critters came out to see us, but from the looks of the discarded peanut shells, they are well fed! That would have been fun to see them up close and to actually feed them. Some holes are right next to the statue! I would have flipped if one came out while taking pictures! Lol

[Candy, 07/31/2018]

Prairie dogs.

Six-Ton Prairie Dog

A great stop right before entering the Badlands. Bags of unsalted peanuts to feed them are $1. We probably spent 45 minutes for $1 each.

[Bob Moffit, 05/31/2017]

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Minuteman Missile National Historic SiteMinuteman Missile National Historic Site, Philip, SD - < 1 mi.
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Scrap Metal HorseScrap Metal Horse, Philip, SD - 1 mi.
In the region:
Pterodactyl Monument, Scenic, SD - 33 mi.

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