Badlands National Park, Interior

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Badlands National Park is famous for its striking scenery, but the steep-sided rock formations are more than just a source of beauty: they harbor one of the world's richest mammal fossil beds from around 30 million years ago and 69 million year old sea life fossils. Badlands also preserves the largest expanse of mixed-grass prairie in the national park system. The park is home to diverse plants and animals, including prairie denizens like the American bison and pronghorn. Prairie dog colonies provide food and habitat for the endangered black-footed ferret, as well as other predators ranging from bobcats to golden eagles.
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  • Highly recommend taking the loop through the badlands, especially if you are already driving through this direction on the interstate. Amazing views around every corner, nice trails to get out and str...  more »
  • This was a really nice drive with lots of areas to turn off and take photographs. Nice walk around areas. One issue was the "Rim Road" is all gravel. It's ok for the first mile but then you should tur...  more »
  • We had ourselves quite an adventure here. My nine-year-old says don't tent camp unless you are experienced. He's right! You have been warned! We had a very windy night with a lightning storm that woul...  more »
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  • The sense of openness and sheer natural wonder is truly present in this national park, as I was awed at the different lookout points it had to offer. There are not many restrictions as to where you can't go, so this was very liberating to be able to do that. Very amazing experience; highly recommended.
  • A really cool place to visit. Hopefully you will have nice weather like we did so you can take advantage of all the neat hiking trails. Maybe you will be fortunate to stumble across a fossil or two. In addition to seeing a number of unique sites, we were able to meet quite a few friendly people that were just as amazed as us. Enjoy!
  • The Badlands are amazing! They are absolutely breathtaking, we saw the rare white prairie dogs. They are playful and so cute to watch. We also saw mountain goats but we didn't see any bison. The views left us speechless, the colors are intense, it's hard to believe they occur in nature.
  • One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. SD-240 takes you right through the park and takes about an hour for the drive itself. Plan for more time because you are going to stop and get out multiple times, but you will love each and every time.
  • Beautiful, almost surreal location. This place has a quiet, yet brooding presence that makes walking around amazing. Also, the views are beyond what I can spell into words. If you haven't been here yet, pictures don't do this landscape justice!

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