Hi, we will be passing through Sioux Falls in March. Is there anywhere nearby to see prairie dogs? Are they active in March?
Unless they have them at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, this would not be an area to see prairie dogs. The land surrounding Sioux Falls is made up of corn and soybean fields. The Bramble Park Zoo (Watertown) has an outdoor exhibit simulating their natural environment, but it's 100 miles north of Sioux Falls.
I was at the Great Plains Zoo a couple of years ago, but I cannot recall specifically seeing prairie dogs. I'd just call the zoo and ask and they should also be able to answer your hibernation question. Of course, if there's two feet of snow on the ground, you might not be able to see them either way.
How far west of Sioux Falls will you be passing through? The SD Game Fish & Parks website has good info regarding prairie dog colonies in the state. If you know what to look for they are often visible from the roadside, but on private land.
We went out to the Badlands a couple of weeks ago and the prairie dogs were very active, especially at the park entrance just south of Wall. There was also a big sign warning people that the prairie dogs carry the plague so be careful.