Badlands National Park - Interior, South Dakota - Buffalo, Big Horn Sheep, and Rattlesnakes
Our trip through Badlands National Park was unforgettable. We saw dozens of bison (buffalo), hundreds of prairie dogs, big horn sheep, rattlesnakes, and pronghorn antelope. The landscape is stunning and other-worldly. I recommend anyone getting lost in the United States to head through Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
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All campgrounds were full except for this quaint campground that had full hookups for 5 - 45' or larger RVs. The owner also owned the Badlands Grocery Store, and were fantastic hosts with vast knowledge of the area.
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Badlands National Park in South Dakota
Our drive through the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It cost $15 to enter the park and it was well worth it we thought. A little talk and look at the campground we stayed one night at just outside the park. It was beautiful and we highly recommend the drive if you are ever in the area. Enjoy!
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Visiting Badlands National Park, National Park in South Dakota, United States
Badlands National Park (Lakota: Makȟóšiča) is a national park in southwestern South Dakota that protects 242,756 acres (379.306 sq mi; 98,240 ha) of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. The park is managed by the National Park Service. For more info, visit this link:
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The Badlands of South Dakota in our RV
This is a travel experience by The Adventure Travelers.com. While we were passing through the state of South Dakota, we stumbled upon the Badlands National Park. Although the sun was setting, we entered into the park and found the very scary road to the campsite which was about 24 miles in the dark in our large Sunseeker RV. After finding a spot, we settled in for the night and returned to the ranger station in the morning to pay our fees. The campsites were very basic but had electric hook ups and were very flat. Most of the sites were a pull through (off the side) of the campground road. Because we were there in April, we enjoyed that it wasn't the tourist season yet and the campsites were very empty.
We took our Prius off of the EZE tow dolly and we were able to set out to explore more of the park. There are many obvious hiking trails created by the park, however there are places to explore that could be quite dangerous (off trail). There are steep cliffs, erosion and mud caves created by the wind weather and rain. If you want to explore more of the mud caves you should take a knowledgeable guide.
The wildlife was quite stunning as we saw bison, antelope, deer, snakes and prairie dogs. Of course you should never approach wildlife, and the prairie dogs in the Badlands National Park have plague, so as fun as it seems to get close, you should keep your distance.
The visitor center is very educational and actually has a spot for you to leave a postcard or a piece of mail.
There are many exhibits and signs that explore the geology of this area. It is against the law to take any shells, rocks or vegetation with you.
The flanking town of Wall is very small, however you must take a trip to Wall Drugs (trust me, you'll see the signs). We were able to explore Wall Drugs for several hours but I wish we could have spent more time there. It's a wonderful example of good old fashion Americana with stores, eateries and very authentic and local crafts.
You could easily explore and hike the Badlands for two or three days.
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The Badlands, Northbound: South Dakota Motorcycle Ride
Ride with us through South Dakota's incredible Badlands. Starting in the town of Interior, at the edge of the Badlands, we ride Highway 240 as it twists it's way through the otherworldly landscape, eventually leading us to the little town of Wall, South Dakota.
Sage Creek Rim Road Information, Badlands National Park, South Dakota (Trip 4 Vid 10) United States
I ventured off the main road through Badlands National Park onto Sage Creek Rim Road. It is a gravel road with washboards galore, but it does have many scenic overlooks to stop at and to turn around if you don't want to continue down it. The buffalo herd is also down this road. it is the only section of the park that has them. There is also a free campground 12 miles down the road that I will be featuring in the next video. So keep a lookout for that.
Badlands Campground | Interior, South Dakota
Just outside of Badlands National Park in South Dakota, this private RV campground and hotel is the perfect place to stay for quick access to the beautiful national park.
Badlands Loop Road in Interior, South Dakota
Badlands Loop Road Interior, South Dakota. South Dakota Highway 240
White River Valley Overlook, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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takes user submitted videos combined with professional editing to provide tent and RV campers with a first person view of a campground or RV park. Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park (Interior) South Dakota offers partial hookup (electric) RV and tent camping near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Managed by and located near Cedar Pass Lodge this is the main campground within the National Park and is the one recommended for most travelers the roads and pads are paved with easy access for all size RVs. Scenic views of the hills from camp. Music Licensed From MusicBakery.com
Badlands Loop Road in Interior, South Dakota
Badlands Loop Road Interior, South Dakota. South Dakota Highway 240.
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This land of sharp ridges, steep walled canyons, gullies, pyramids and knobs has been so ruthlessly ravaged by wind and water that it has become picturesque. The Badlands are a wonderland of bizarre, colorful spires and pinnacles, massive buttes and deep gorges. Erosion of the Badlands reveals sedimentary layers of different colors: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orange (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash).
Badlands National Park also preserves the world's greatest fossil beds of animals from the Oligocene Epoch of the Age of Mammals. The skeletons of ancient camels, three-toed horses, saber-toothed cats and giant rhinoceros-like creatures are among the many fossilized species found here. All fossils, rocks, plants and animals are protected and must remain where you find them. Prehistoric bones are still being uncovered today by park officials.
Badlands South Dakota Overlooks
0:00 - Driving through Badlands
5:35 - Fossil Exibit
9:05 - Big Badlands Overlook
13:02 - White River Valley Overlook
15:05 - Pinnacles Overlook
21:32 - Ancient Hunters Overlook
22:05 - Yellow Mounds Overlook
23:09 - Conata Basin Overlook
24:48 - Panorama Point
25:40 - Bigfoot Pass Overlook
Hey everyone, I compiled some video of the majority of overlooks and pullouts in Badlands National Park so you have an idea of what to expect at each location. This video includes Fossil Exhibit Trail, Big Badlands, Pinnacles, Conata Basin, Burns Basin, Panorama Point, White River Valley Overlook, Yellow Mounds and Bigfoot Pass Overlook. This is a truly amazing place and was formed from hundreds of thousands of years of erosion. Badlands NP has arguably the most abundant fossil beds to date!
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Dramatic Badlands National Park, South Dakota
The dramatic scenery of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie ecosystem. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. How did the Badlands form? Learn the geologic story and find out about the wildlife at Badlands in this video.
Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. In Badlands National Park, scientists have observed 39 mammal species, 9 reptile species, 6 amphibian species, 206 bird species, and 69 butterfly species. Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison, and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed grass prairie, are again thriving in their native habitat.
The Badlands were formed by the geologic forces of deposition and erosion. Deposition of sediments began 69 million years ago when an ancient sea stretched across what is now the Great Plains. After the sea retreated, successive land environments, including rivers and flood plains, continued to deposit sediments. Although the major period of deposition ended 28 million years ago, significant erosion of the Badlands did not begin until a mere half a million years ago. Erosion continues to carve the Badlands buttes today. Eventually, the Badlands will completely erode away.
One of the most complete fossil accumulations in North America is found within the park. The rocks and fossils preserve evidence of ancient ecosystems and give scientists clues about how early mammal species lived. Numerous important finds from the area have informed scientists about ancient animals, climates, and ecosystems from different geologic time periods.
Oligocene fossil remains include camels, three-toed horses, oreodonts, antelope-like animals, rhinoceroses, deer-like mammals, rabbits, beavers, creodonts, land turtles, rodents and birds. Marine fossils are found in deposits of an ancient sea that existed in the region some 75 to 67 millionyears ago during the Cretaceous period. Fossils found in the Pierre Shale and Fox Hills Formations include ammonites, nautiloids, fish, marine reptiles, and turtles.
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.
The spectacular vertebrate fossils preserved within the White River Badlands have been studied extensively since 1846 and are included in museum collections throughout the world.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The Badlands provide considerable opportunities for discovery and exploration. From camping and hiking to bird watching and auto-touring, visitors to Badlands National Park can enjoy countless outdoor adventures.
The park's main visitor center, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, is open daily all year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Cedar Pass Lodge is the only lodging and restaurant in the park and offers visitors a memorable stay. There are two designated campgrounds available at the park: Cedar Pass Campground and Sage Creek Primitive Campground.
Badlands National Park is located 75 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota. The Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) is located approximately 70 miles (one hour), west of the park, off Highway 44. Car rental services are available at the airport.
Interstate 90 (I-90) is located directly north of the park and provides access to the Hwy 240 Badlands Loop Road. State Highway 44 provides an alternate, scenic access to the park and intersects Highway 377 in the town of Interior.
Park Headquarters: 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750.
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Badlands Interior Campground and Motel
We only stayed here for 2 nights while we went into the Badlands National Park and to Wall Drugs. It is a nice little campground, run by a friendly couple. There are several like it in the area.
Camping and Exploring the Badlands | 10K Road Trip Vlog 43
The Badlands are amazing!! We camped overnight, watched the stars, went on some awesome hikes, and explored a ton of the park. We're so excited to share this experience with you.
0:21 - Setting up camp at Cedar Pass campground
1:05 - Window Trail
1:37 - Notch Trail
4:14 - Door Trail
5:41 - Night Stars and Constellations
6:37 - Breaking down camp and review of Cedar Pass Campground
7:14 - Exploring the Badlands
7:48 - Fossil Exhibit Trail
8:29 - White River Valley Overlook
8:35 - Bigfoot Pass Overlook
8:49 - Burns Basin Overlook
8:56 - Prairie Dogs!!!
9:56 - Conata Basin Overlook
10:00 - Yellow Mounds Overlook
10:37 - Big Horn Sheep
10:43 - Ancient Hunters Overlook
10:48 - Pinnacles Overlook
We tent camped at Cedar Pass campground, which is on the east side of the Badlands, really close to the popular Notch Trail and the Door and Window trails. That's also where they do the night stars show. The campsite was great and had all the amenities we needed. Here's a link:
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On our second day, we drove west through the National Park and stopped at most of the overlooks to appreciate the beauty of this area.
We loved exploring the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Hopefully you'll have the opportunity to go see it for yourself. It's really an impressive park with landscapes we've never seen anywhere else. Thanks so much for watching!
-Brian and Isa
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