7 days in Badlands National Park, Murdo & Custer Itinerary

7 days in Badlands National Park, Murdo & Custer Itinerary

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7 days in Badlands National Park, Murdo & Custer Itinerary

Start: Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Murdo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Badlands National Park

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Conata Basin Overlook and Badlands National Park. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then stroll through Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Homestead Overlook, and finally stroll through Castle Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park tour builder site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. In August, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Delta-09 Missile Silo, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead ©
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead

2
nights
Murdo

Murdo ©
Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. South Dakota's Original 1880 Town has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Pioneer Auto Museum, learn about all things military at South Dakota National Guard Museum, then see the interesting displays at Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore La Framboise Island and then ponder the design of Flaming Fountain.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Murdo trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Murdo in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Murdo are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Murdo

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pierre, Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum
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Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum
South Dakota National Guard Museum ©

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Four Mile Old West Town, Black Hills National Forest and Jewel Cave National Monument. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Four Mile Old West Town, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): hike along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 45°F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Bicycle Sculpture, Black Elk Peak, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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