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Badlands National Park

4.6
Scenic Drive · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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. Here you'll have the chance to glimpse bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and the most endangered land mammal in the United States, the black-footed ferret. Interstate 90 passes through the Badlands, and you can view the landscape and wildlife as you navigate the loop road off the highway. Hiking trails bring you up close to the park's array of wild formations. Take a peek at our custom trip planner: Badlands National Park and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Scenic Drive
Loop Road
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Big Badlands Overlook
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Hiking Trail
Notch Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Badlands National Park

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National Park
Badlands National Park Interior
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Historic Site
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town Murdo
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Hurley Butte Horseback Riding Interior
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Monument
Wounded Knee Massacre Monument Wounded Knee
2.3
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Badlands National Park

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Geologic Formation
Yellow Mounds Overlook
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Hiking Trail
Door Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Saddle Pass Trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Pinnacles Overlook
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Badlands National Park

Geologic Formation
Panorama Point Overlook
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Geologic Formation
Bigfoot Pass Overlook
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Geologic Formation
White River Valley Overlook
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Geologic Formation
Burns Basin Overlook
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Badlands National Park

Hiking Trail
Castle Trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Fossil Exhibit Trail
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Badlands National Park

Gift & Specialty Shop
Badlands Ranch Store
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

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