Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is an amazing geological landscape of rugged beauty. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. The park's 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs live today.
For park information visit nps.gov/badl
For lodging information, visit cedarpasslodge.com.
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Wall Drug AND Badlands National Park, South Dakota
I have wanted to go to Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota for almost 20 years. Alas, it happened! Our family visited Wall Drug and Badlands National Park in one day. Come along for the ride...AND I highly recommend visiting these two places and the entire Black Hills & Badlands areas of South Dakota. So much fun!
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This is the fifth and final video of a 5 video series of our road trip through the northwest United States. Leg 1 is of Mount Rushmore National Monument and the Black Hills needles hiway. Leg 2 is of beautiful Yellowstone national park. Leg 3 is of Montana and Idaho. Leg 4 is of Wyoming, Buffalo Bill Cody gunfight at the Irma Hotel and the world famous Cody rodeo. And finally, Leg 5 is of Wall S.D. and the Badlands National Park.
Badlands National Park to Wall, SD
Leaving the Badlands National park and heading to the famous stop of Wall Drug in Wall, SD.
Quite the story behind the Wall Drug, which you can find out on your own - but I will say that its worth the stop.
I did stop for a bite to eat on Main Street in Wall - does not matter where you eat - its all good.
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Top 6 Things to Do in Badlands National Park
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RV Trip to the Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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There is simply no place in the world quite like the Badlands. We think the Badlands National Park in South Dakota may be our one of our favorite parks! We are already planning our next visit, it is that awesome! Driving into the epic views from our front window had us completely in awe! The towering layered rock formations shifts from grassland to massive canyons and spans over 240,000 acres. There have been over 200 species of birds recorded in the park. Be sure to bring your binoculars!
This park is home to bison, longhorn sheep, bobcat, bison and the endangered black-footed ferret.
The first stop we made was the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. The rangers gave us maps, information on hikes and where we would mostly be able to view wildlife.
We started out driving the 40 mile Badlands Loop Road. There are dozens of places you can pull off and walk to observation areas to soak in all the beauty and take some amazing photos. Most of the hiking trails are accessible from this loop.
Be sure to stop at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. They are located where Rim Road and Sage Creek Road meet. These cute little fluffy critters are beyond precious and entertaining. They are chatty and busy and there are hundreds of them. It is their own little city and seem to enjoy showing off for you!
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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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On our road trip to Wisconsin, we stayed the night in Wall, South Dakota at Frontier Cabins and then went through Badlands National Park. It is worth stopping at if you are ever near the area.
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Top 13. Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Badlands National Park, South Dakota: Loop Road, Badlands Wall, Big Badlands Overlook, Notch Trail, Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Door Trail Badlands, Castle Trail, Yellow Mounds Overlook, Sage Creek Wilderness Area, Fossil Exhibit Trail, Pinnacles Overlook, Saddle Pass Trail
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Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA - The Badlands Wall Overlook
Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA - The Badlands Wall Overlook
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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What planet is this??? The views of this place look like the landscape of a different planet! We had no idea that this area held this surprise. Where is this? Badlands National Park! We stopped for a few days to check out the Badlands. It was exciting to see the Badlands from our campsite at Badlands Interior Motel and Campground! The campground is just one mile away from the entrance to the park.
If you are planning a trip to Badlands National Park, their website will provide all the information you you will need. In this video, we provide a look at the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway and a sampling of the trails the park has to offer.
What we loved about Badlands National Park:
1. The landscape is unlike anything we've ever seen before. The formations seemed to change color as we traveled the scenic byway. Also, we saw varying formations from pinnacles to buttes to sprawling canyons to multi colored hills- all surrounded by a sea of waving, grassy prairie.
2. There are several hiking trails that you can hike up close and personal with these amazing formations. The round spherical formations on top of some pinnacles seen throughout the park were found laying on the ground near the trail. Fascinating!
3. You will find numerous overlooks, some with short trails leading to a closer look at the view.
4. The scenic loop is not too long and can easily be done in a day.
5. Sunsets here - no words, beautiful beyond belief!
6. Easily accessible from our campsite. You could also choose to stay in one of the park's campgrounds or lodge.
7. This park was not crowded when we visited in mid August.
8. Roberts Prairie Dog Town- cuteness overload
9. We saw bison!
What we didn't love about Badlands National Park:
1. No pets on trails. We understand and respect why this rule is in place. We still didn't love it though.
2. Not pet friendly at all. It can get hot here in the summer so you wouldn't want to leave your pets in the car even for a short overlook stop. We spent one miserable day taking our pets along. Mistake. Leave them in the AC comfort of your RV unless it's nice and cool when you visit.
Definitely, there is more to love than not. Just have a pet plan when you visit and you'll have no problems. Now, if you are a fan of touristy stops, you could drive on up to the little town of Wall, South Dakota and check out the Wall Drug Store.
If you are traveling through South Dakota, consider a stop at Badlands National Park. This is one of our favorite national parks. You can learn more in the resources section below.
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Badlands South Dakota, Near the town of Wall
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Epic Boondocking Campsite On a Cliff | Badlands National Park
We were eager to get west of the Mississippi River, so we drove for 14 hours straight from Milwaukee to the Badlands. We found an epic free camping spot overlooking a cliff right outside the Pinnacles entrance to Badlands National Park. We had bighorn sheep and coyotes roaming right outside our front door.
The wind was intense there and kept us up both nights as it felt like the trailer was going to roll right over a cliff. so this is your warning! We moved on after two nights but it was definitely one of the coolest places we've camped on this trip.
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Take 207 exit heading south from Wall, SD. There are a couple entrances - enter through one of the gates on the left just before Pinnacles entrance. Make sure to close gate behind you as there are cattle roaming.
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Hey you guys! Thanks for joining me on another journey. I am at Badlands National Park with Alvin & Amy. We checked out the magnificent vistas at this unique location. The bighorn sheep were so cool to watch, as well as the mountain goats! As you know from watching previous videos of mine, I thoroughly enjoyed observing the bison, especially with the sunflowers. (Or buffalo...See Things To Do At Sturgis, South Dakota and Salt Lake City Things To Do) The prairie dogs were so cute; their little chirping sound makes me chuckle! It was so beautiful to drive through the park during a spectacular sunset. Oh, we also hit Castle Loop Trail that we had to explore and trek some on a couple of peaks of the awesome geologic formations at Badlands National Park. My travel tip is reiterating the free U.S. National Parks for the Handicap... [This is what the website says about obtaining a disabled pass: A free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) - that provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.]
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