Badlands National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Badlands National Park Vacation
So stark and forbidding are the chiseled spires, ragged ridgelines, and deep ravines of South Dakota's badlands that Lieutenant Colonel George Custer once described them as "hell with the fires burned out." Although a bit more accessible than the depths of the underworld, the landscape is easily the strangest in the Great Plains. Ruthlessly ravaged over the ages by wind and rain, the 380 square miles of wild terrain continue to erode and evolve, sometimes visibly changing shape in a few days. Prairie creatures thrive on the untamed territory, and animal fossils are in abundance.
Badlands National Park is often visited by families on a vacation to see the American West, but few opt to stay overnight... read more
Dining on the prairies of South Dakota has always been a casual and family-oriented experience, and in that sense little has... read more
Things To Do in Badlands National Park
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Fossils: From the mid-1800s, the fossil-rich Badlands area has welcomed paleontologists, research institutions, and fossil hunters... Read more
Much of the credit for setting aside South Dakota's badlands as public lands is owed to Peter Norbeck, a powerful politician who was also... Read more
The park's sharply defined cliffs, canyons, and mesas are near-deserts with little plant growth. Most of the park, however, is made up of... Read more
In late December 1890 the men of the Seventh Cavalry, armed with a federal mandate (and some light artillery), intercepted a group of 350... Read more
Pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars is one of the greatest ways to fully experience the sheer isolation and unadulterated empty... Read more
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