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Badlands National Park Travel Guide

Badlands National Park Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Badlands National Park? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


Best Campgrounds in Badlands

Pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars is one of the greatest ways to fully experience the sheer isolation and unadulterated empty spaces...


Wounded Knee Massacre

In late December 1890 the men of the Seventh Cavalry, armed with a federal mandate (and some light artillery), intercepted a group of 350 Lakota...


Plants and Wildlife in Badlands

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 mixed...


Peter Norbeck's Park

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 largely...


Top Reasons to Go to Badlands National Park

Fossils: From the mid-1800s, the fossil-rich Badlands area has welcomed paleontologists, research institutions, and fossil hunters who have...

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