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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  • Beautiful, historical park. I'm still learning more more about it. After a rain fall, the buttes turn amazing shade of color you must read the history concerning this Badlands National Park. Very interesting. Not boring reading. If you decide to hike, sure you are properly clothed and plenty of water to stay hydrated. A shoulder water bladder works great for carrying need water Never walk to the edge of a Butte, it may give away under you. There is so much history concerning this national park. You can see fossils, antelope, bison, prairie dogs, Jack rabbits, mule deer, wild sheep. But, remember, "never walk close to this animal,,!" They may seem tame and friendly, not. They are born and raised in the Badlands National Park and do their own thing. Stay back, take pictures, read all signs and be safe. We welcome all visitors to the park. There is a visitors center with much information. Concerning how the Badlands came to be. My thoughts as well as my older sister who was here visiting from the East coast believe and feel much spirituality from this land. So, if you're planning a trip to Badlands National Park, read everything you can find about their formation, what, how when, what else was here???? Very exciting info and vacation of learning, fun and leisure. Have fun be safe and feel. Thank you
  • This is an absolutely beautiful and stunning national park. The landscapes are breathtaking and you are able to explore on your own anywhere you're brave enough to get to! You do have to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes but the other wildlife is fun to spot. The visitor's center has an interesting video and some exhibits. There are also picnic tables with shade shelters around the visitor's center. There are many places to pull off the road to park and venture out on the trails. We've been here a couple times and would definitely come back again!
  • Hugh park with nice scenery. Very large with multiple areas to explore. Just be careful not to get lost. It's kind of a make your own path sort of place. We saw two snakes while there. Bring a ton of water and bug spray. Proper clothing is needed due to plants/bugs as well. I strongly recommend a hat.
  • I'm from Michigan and I an used to green trees, green grass, lots of flowers, etc. The beauty of this seemingly waste land is breathtaking! This National Park is so clean! People are doing a great job of not littering. The roads are easily marked. There are many turn off viewing areas to enjoy this scenic 65,000 area!!! If you were not lucky enough to get a senior pass for $10 a few years ago please consider getting one at the $80 price. It. Is. Worth. Every. Dime, or dollar. We should be very proud of the way our National Parks are maintained. Drive slowly through the area and you'll see bison, prairie dogs, probe horn antelope and the majesty of the area. Indescribable.
  • The Badlands are totally amazing. Such a unique National Park. We loved hiking the Notch Trail. It is a little bit treacherous so I would be careful with small children. We drove through the park as well and saw all the different colors and beautiful scenery. The ranger Visitor Center was also unique and interesting.

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