A trip to the Badlands National Park while you are in this area is a must! It is like stepping back in time.
Make sure to put the Badlands on top of your "to do" list! This is such a neat place to visit, if you have not been to South Dakota before, make sure to put time in the trip to stop and explore the Badlands.
It is a beautiful scenic drive that merits a slow go on the gas peddle, slow down and really soak this one in!
There are easy going hikes (and some very challenging hikes also) found here, and right off of the roadside. We highly recommend getting out and doing a few of these hikes.Sunset over the Badlands
There is just tons of information to know about the Badlands, here are just a few quick facts to get interest piqued.
The Badlands have provided the eerie landscape and backdrop for many movie sets over the years. One of the more famous ones is the movie "Starship Troopers" which used the Badlands as a background for another planet.
Dances With Wolves (Prairie scenes around this area, Black Hills scenes in Spearfish Canyon), North by Northwest and National Treasure (Mount Rushmore area) are probably the most famous movies of all filmed in South Dakota. You can still see some of the movie sets used in Dances with Wolves at the Fort Hayes Chuckwagon off of HWY 16 outside of Rapid City.
The Badlands are squelching hot and dry during "full on" summer days! We love to see it during sunrise or sunset, talk about amazing photo opportunities!
Early morning or early evening is your best time to see wildlife as well. This barren dessert like area supports lots of wildlife These animals are adapted and made to live under such harsh conditions. Some of the animals you can hope to see here are:
There are scores of hiking trails, and we love to hike! If you love to hike make sure to hit a few while you are there. Early day is best for less heat if you are going in the summer. Some of the best known hiking trails are:
The National Park also offers Ranger Guided Hikes.
Please take LOTS of water on any hike you plan out here. Every year the news talks of Tourists that have lost their way or slipped and fallen and need to be dramatically rescued.
This is unforgiving terrain, and although the Park allows hiking anywhere within it's boundaries, staying on designated paths can be the best choice, especially for novice hikers.
This is an absolute lovely area, and so much fun to explore! The Badlands National Park is in the Wall SD area, home to the famous Wall Drug! You can easily spend a solid day in this area! Enjoy!
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The Badlands are one of my favorite places to go. I always get excited when we are going. It's a long drive from Rapid City but it is worth it. When we get there I just can't wait to climb the sand dunes, it's so much fun! I love to see the views, see new animals, and see the museum. The Badlands are a lot of fun for the whole family.
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