Badlands National Park Feature

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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 discovered the fossil remnants of numerous species from ancient days.

A world of wildlife: Badlands National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife: bison, pronghorn, deer, black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, rabbits, coyotes, foxes, badgers.

Missiles: The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, north of the entrance to the park, represents the only remaining intact components of a nuclear-missile field that consisted of 150 Minuteman II missiles and 15 launch control centers, and covered more than 13,500 square miles of southwestern South Dakota.

Stars aplenty: Due to its remote location and vastly open country, Badlands National Park contains some of the clearest and cleanest air in the country, which makes it perfect for viewing the night sky.

Updated: 2014-03-04

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