Badlands National Park

Interior, South Dakota

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Spanning 80 million years of geologic history, the biggest area of badlands in the nation is an outstanding example of erosion and weathering. The fossil-rich area is both awe-inspiring in its beauty and, at the same time, dark and forbidding, despite traces of color in a mostly grayish white and barren landscape. Deep ravines and highly jagged ridges dot the terrain, and there is much to see in this unusual area. Although the land appears inhospitable, the Badlands provide a home to an unexpected diversity of animals and plants. Fortunately, despite the impression of impenetrable natural barriers that one might get from its name, Badlands National Park is not difficult to see. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

Badlands National Park Professional Review and Guide

"Spanning 80 million years of geologic history, the biggest area of badlands in the nation is an outstanding example of erosion and weathering. The fossil-rich area is both awe-inspiring in its beauty and, at the same time, dark and forbidding, despite traces of color in a mostly grayish white and barren landscape. Deep ravines and highly jagged ridges dot the terrain, and there is much to see in this unusual area.

Although the land appears inhospitable, the Badlands provide a home to an unexpected diversity of animals and plants. Fortunately, despite the impression of impenetrable natural barriers that one might get from its name, Badlands National Park is not difficult to see. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Interior
Season: Year-round, best fall and spring
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Badlands National Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2010
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Have been here twice,2010 and 2012. Enjoyed it both times once with my husband in 2010 and once with one of my daughters and 4 of my grandchildren(all were under 10) and both times had a great time. There is a walk you can do and it has stairs all over the hillside with great views of the surrounding area and also of the deer and turkeys. The kids really enjoyed getting out and walking around.


7/15/2008
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Great scenery. It's not a trail of course, paved & gravel roads, but still a place that must be visited.


5/31/2003
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Arriving at 2:30am, the drive through the park had an eery, unreal quality to it. Looming piles of white glowed faintly in the headlights, giving the whole scene a very ghostly look. The park is dramatic at all times of the day, but at night it's like an alien landscape. The next morning, we drove from Sage Creek campground (free camping!) to the main road as the sun was rising, and I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the dirt road. The road through the park winds around the dramatic hills, with several overlooks along the way. We saw antelope, mule deer and even some goats on our drive. There are several picnic areas along the way, with partially-sheltered tables scattered around. It's absolutely vital that you get out of the car and walk a short ways into the Badlands to get the full effect of the landscape. The drive will likely be crowded on a summer's day, so come early for more solitude.


4/29/1995
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Amazing views and geography...went when I was little so don't remember lots.



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