2024 SD Wild West Trip | Beatrice Bradley

Discover South Dakota

Badlands National Park, Buffalo and a Historic Lodge
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July 19 – 23, 2024

*A great trip for 1st time SOLO travelers

Arriving at Thunderstik Historic Lodge you are sure to be awed! We will have the whole lodge to ourselves. Explore the scenic lands complete with herds of buffalo, wild deer, and the lodges very own bird dogs. Enjoy the most spectacular sunsets overlooking the beautiful South Dakota landscape.

We will have access to multiple shooting ranges and instruction right at our lodge! We will have the best instructors who have 20+ years experience! So you are sure to feel comfortable (even if you’ve never shot a gun before! ) and have the best time at these scenic shooting ranges.

Enjoy and walk the lodge’s amazing, hard working and loving bird dogs. These dogs are so fun to watch play and roam the land surrounding the Thunderstik Lodge.

South Dakota wild west trip

Trip Status: Open
Single Occupancy $2,900

July 19 – 23, 2024
5 Days / 4 Nights

Location: Thunderstik Lodge, 24931 Thunderstik Road, Chamberlain, SD 57325

Airport: Sioux Falls, SD (FSD) if you are doing back-to-back with Mount Rushmore you will fly out of Rapid City.

Accommodations: Thunderstik Lodge

Meet your HostS

Karla & Jill

Debra & Kim

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Let our team know that you are interested in joining us on this tour. Our team will reach out via email and will be available to chat about this trip.

Make a Reservation

Secure your reservation here. We only take 10-12 women on each trip. Making a reservation is the only way to secure your name to the trip list.

Don’t just tour South Dakota, Experience South Dakota

Every Beatrice Bradley trip is crafted to maximize the experiences had during the trip.
The itineraries are specially made to allow time for engaging in conversation and having belly laughs with a new friend. We hope that the activities and experiences may allow you to come out of your comfort zone and to try new or unique things.
These trips are made to replicate a ‘friends get-away trip’. 

Day One: – Arrival Day

You will want to land in Sioux Falls, SD (FSD) by 3:00 pm and we will head to the Historic Thunderstik Lodge to check in.  We will have a fun Welcome Happy Hour to get to know each other and then will have a dinner made by the fabulous Thunderstik chef.  After dinner, we will have a bonfire and will enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Missouri River


  • Arriving in Sioux Falls – the “Heart of America”
  • Arriving at Historic Thunderstik Lodge and having a Welcome Happy Hour to get to know each other
  • Dinner at the lodge by the fabulous Thunderstik chef
  • Enjoying a bonfire and the beautiful sunset over the Missouri River


South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip

Day Two: Learn all about gun and how to use them safely – Buffalo and Famous Dogs

We will have breakfast alfresco overlooking the majestic Missouri river and Thunderstik’s private buffalo herd.  If it’s chilly outside, we will have a roaring breakfast fire to eat fireside.   After breakfast, we will have a few hours of free time after breakfast to walk the property (group walk) to enjoy the scenery, taking photos of the buffalo or to simply relax and enjoy new friendships.   For the dog lovers, you can join in by walking our 24 pheasant dogs which is done each morning and afternoon.   We will have a casual lunch and will hit the shooting ranges for a shooting instruction/safety lessons along with some fun games (guns and $120 ammo credit is included – additional ammo can be purchased).  We will have dinner and the balance of the evening will be fun getting to know each other, playing card games and having a bonfire.


  • Breakfast as a group alfresco overlooking the majestic Missouri River and Thunderstik’s private buffalo herd
  • Taking a group walk around the Thunderstik Lodge property to enjoy the scenery
  • You will have the opportunity to walk the pheasant dogs
  • A casual lunch will be served at the lodge
  • A shooting instruction/safety lesson will be given at the shooting ranges
  • Dinner will be at the lodge by Thunderstik’s fabulous chef
  • After dinner we will relax, get to know each other and play cards or sit by the bonfire


South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip

Day Three: The Badlands National Park Private Guided Tour

Breakfast will be served at 8 am buffet style.  By 9 am we will load up and head to The Badlands National Park for a private tour and will have a box lunch picnic.  On the way back to the lodge, we will stop by the iconic city of Wall, SD to explore and shop.  We will have dinner back at the lodge and have a bonfire to finish off the evening!


  • Breakfast together with the group at the lodge
  • A tour of the Badlands Nation Park
  • Picnic box lunch with the group
  • Stopping at Wall Drug
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Nightcap at the bar at Thunderstik Lodge and enjoying the sunset


South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip

Day Four:  Pontoon Float Down The Majestic Missouri River 

Breakfast will be served and the first half of the day will be either walking the rolling hills or additional gun/shooting range time. Lunch will be served and then we will load up to take a scenic pontoon ride down the Majestic Missouri River heading back to the lodge in time for a Goodbye Dinner and a bonfire.


  • Breakfast & lunch together with the group at the lodge
  • Free time where you can walk the rolling hills or additional gun/shooting range time
  • Scenic pontoon ride on the Majestic Missouri River
  • Goodbye Dinner with the group at the lodge
  • Bonfire after dinner and recapping the trip with your new friends


South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip

 Day Five: Departure Day and the Corn Palace 

Breakfast will be served and we will load up to head to the airport with a stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD


  • Breakfast with the group at the lodge
  • Heading to the airport with a stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD (If your departure flight allows)
  • Box lunches for lunch during our drive to the airport

*Itinerary Subject to Change

South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip
South Dakota wild west trip


Flexible pay-as-you-go payment plan

How it Works:

Step 1 Choose Payment Plan (available with credit card and ACH payment options)
Step 2 Your $250 Deposit will be processed within 2 business days
Step 3 When you are ready to make a payment, click the “Review and Pay” button on your invoice
Step 4 Once clicked, in the top left of the invoice, next to the amount, you will see “Edit Amount.” Here you will be able to enter the amount you would like to pay
Step 5 Full amount needs to be paid by 60 days prior to the trip. *If there is a remaining balance at 60 days prior to the trip then an automatic payment for the remaining amount will be charged.

Activity Level – Moderate

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There will be walking and standing during the tour.  You will need to be able to get in and out of a van.

It is your responsibly to fully read and understand the physical abilities that correlate to this Beatrice Bradley Experience. Difficulty level of activity is subject to individual interpretation so it is extremely important that you read the itinerary and reach out if you have concerns or questions.

If you have questions about the specifics of the physical activity during this trip, please give us a call at 763-784-8291

Role of a Beatrice bradley hostess

Beatrice Bradley is an Experience Company not a Tour Company.  The role of a Beatrice Bradley Host is to be warm and welcoming. To relate and connect. To have attention to details. And to manage the behind-the-scenes magic so your experience is one-of-a-kind. They are not local experts nor are they tour guides. We hire local experts, guides, and historians as each location warrants. They are expert hosts and manage the camaraderie and logistics of the experience. Our goal is that your hostess will make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and that you will walk away with new & lasting friendships made during an unforgettable experience.

Flight Details

Airport Pick Up is included when arriving at the designated airport within the specified pick up window.

Arrival Airport: Sioux Falls, SD (FSD)
Arrival Date: July 19, 2024
Pick Up Times: Please Arrive by 3:00 PM

Departure Airport: Sioux Falls, SD (FSD
Departure Date:  July 23, 2024
Drop off Times: No Departure flights before 12pm

Important information

As a solo-traveler, we need you to provide self-awareness and an understanding that you are fully responsible for yourself. This includes: your possessions, your physical abilities or fitness, your attitude, and all other aspects that relate to traveling solo in a group. 

  • Connect with our Members on our Private Facebook Group – Beatrice Bradley Member’s Only
  • You must be able to manage your own luggage and all of your personal belongings on this trip
  • This is not a handicap accessible able trip – you must be able to get in and out of a Large Passenger Transit Vehicle
  • All Ground transportation is included on this trip
  • Group Airport transfers are included in this trip
  • This trip will have have a maximum of 14 women
  • This trip will have 2 Beatrice Bradley Hostesses
  • If you need a roommate, we will happily pair you with another Beatrice Bradley traveler
  • Travel insurance is not included. Beatrice Bradley is not a licensed travel insurance operator nor is our staff trained to in travel insurance. You can choose to purchase travel insurance through any licensed provider you choose. We will ask you upon booking if you would like us to send you some suggested licensed insurance companies.