22 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

22 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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22 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 18 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Badlands National Park

18
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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Badlands National Park: Murdo (Pioneer Auto Museum & South Dakota's Original 1880 Town), Prairie Homestead (in Philip) and Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, hike along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 5th (Sun), you're off toKeystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Murdo, Wall, Philip, Armed Forces Display & Gifts, Badlands Petrified Gardens
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead ©
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 6th (Mon), cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then trek along Presidential Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in July; daily highs in Keystone reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Iron Mountain Road
Highlights from your plan
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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