Fossil Exhibit Trail, Badlands National Park, South Dakota (Trip 4 Vid 5) United States
Fossil Exhibit Trail is a short easy walk that is entirely on a boardwalk. It has fossil casts and information of some of the creatures that lived here in the past.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota - Fossil Exhibit Trail (2019)
Badlands National Park (Lakota: Makȟóšiča) is an American national park located in southwestern South Dakota. The park protects 242,756 acres (379.3 sq mi; 982.4 km2) of sharply eroded buttes and pinnacles, along with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. The National Park Service manages the park, with the South Unit being co-managed with the Oglala Lakota tribe.
The Badlands Wilderness protects 64,144 acres (100.2 sq mi; 259.6 km2) of the park as a designated wilderness area, and is one site where the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals in the world, was reintroduced to the wild. The South Unit, or Stronghold District, includes sites of 1890s Ghost Dances, a former United States Air Force bomb and gunnery range, and Red Shirt Table, the park's highest point at 3,340 feet (1,020 m).
Authorized as Badlands National Monument on March 4, 1929, it was not established until January 25, 1939. Badlands was redesignated a national park on November 10, 1978. Under the Mission 66 plan, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center was constructed for the monument in 1957–58. The park also administers the nearby Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Movies such as Dances with Wolves (1990) and Thunderheart (1992) were partially filmed in Badlands National Park.
Badlands National Park with Kids: Fossil Exhibit Trail and Wall Drug--family RV travel
On our one full day in the Badlands of South Dakota, we took a grand tour of the Loop Road (Hwy 240). Stopping at the Fossil Exhibit Trail pull-off on a whim was an excellent choice, as we took advantage of the park's walk anywhere policy.
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Badlands National Park
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Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and towering spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is desolation at its truest, where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands. The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) winds past scenic lookouts. This video covers my drive through the park on a sunny day in June. See the index below for more details...
00:00 Park entrance (east)
01:44 Big Badlands Overlook
04:14 Door/Window Viewpoint
08:00 Scenic Pullout
10:58 Cliff Shelf Viewpoint
14:07 Scenic Pullout
16:03 Scenic drive along Highway 240
19:56 Scenic pullout
23:57 Fossil Exhibit Trail and boardwalk
26:55 White River Valley Overlook
28:42 Big Foot Pass Overlook
31:31 Panorama Point Overlook
34:36 Burns Basin Overlook
36:30 Homestead Overlook
38:07 Conata Basin Overlook
39:29 Scenic drive along Highway 240
43:38 Scenic pullout
45:40 Scenic drive along Highway 240
50:17 Big horn sheep
55:27 Pinnacles Overlook
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Badlands National Park is in South Dakota. Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons, and towering spires. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands. The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) winds past scenic lookouts. Several trails begin near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. The Fossil Exhibit Trail is a boardwalk with displays on fossils uncovered in the park.
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Cliff Shelf Nature Trail, Badlands National Park, South Dakota (Trip 4 Vid 2) United States
Cliff Shelf Nature Trail is a beautiful trail that is located up the hill a little ways from Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park. It's really an awesome trail, don't miss this!
Badlands National Park Part 6: Fossil Exhibit Trail (Voice Over)
The wind decided to gust a little, resulting in some really poor audio. I decided to go ahead with a voice over sharing some information about the area and the ancient history the fossils have allowed us to learn.
Top 13. Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Badlands National Park, South Dakota
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
Badlands National Park 3-Door Trail, South Dakota
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Door Trail, Badlands National Park, South Dakota (Trip 4 Vid 4) United States
Door Trail in Badlands National Park is really beautiful. Be sure to watch your step, there is a lot of loose dirt that could cause you to lose your footing and fall. Take it easy.
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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Badlands Part 2 in 4k - A South Dakota Adventure. Medicine Root Loop and Saddle Pass
We hiked from the Saddle Pass Trail Head and did a loop around the Medicine Root and Castle Trails
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Badlands National Park Part 2: Castle Trail
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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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Badlands Fossil Trail and Buffalo
Part 2 of the Badlands Grand Tour. The family takes a hike at the Fossil Trail. We didn't find any fossils, nor are we allowed to do anything if we did, but we did enjoy the hike across the challenging terrain around Castle Trail.
Castle Trail and Fossil Exhibit Trail in Badlands National Park Panoramic View
Video starts looking at the western trail head for Castle Trail. The Castle Trail going toward it's eastern trail head at the beginning of the scenic Badlands Loop Road can be seen as video starts panning clockwise. As the video continues panning, the Badlands Loop Road, follow by the Fossil Exhibits Trail and the parking area comes up before coming back to the western trail head for Castle Trail.
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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.
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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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