4 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

4 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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4 days in Badlands National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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

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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Badlands National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Nature Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, then hike along Presidential Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore and take pictures at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Keystone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Keystone, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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