Badlands National Park Sights

For the average visitor, a casual drive is the essential means by which to see Badlands National Park. To do the scenery justice, drive slowly, and don't hesitate to get out and explore on foot when the occasion calls for it.

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Roberts Prairie Dog Town

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Once a homestead, the site today contains one of the country's largest (if not the largest) colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs. ...

Sage Creek Rim Drive

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

This unpaved route near the Pinnacles entrance follows the road less traveled and covers rougher terrain than Badlands Loop Road. Sage...

Stronghold Unit

  • Historic District/Site

With few paved roads and no campgrounds, the park's southwest section is difficult to access without a four-wheel-drive vehicle. If you're...

Wall Drug Store

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This South Dakota original got its start in 1931 by offering free ice water to road-weary travelers. Today its four dining rooms seat...

White River Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Open in summer, this small center serves almost exclusively serious hikers and campers venturing into the Stronghold or Palmer units.

White River Visitor Center

  • Restaurant–Sight

Directly behind this visitor center are four covered tables, where you can picnic simply and stay protected from the wind. ...

Wounded Knee Historical Site

  • Native American Site

A solitary stone obelisk commemorates the site of the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee, the last major conflict between the U.S. military...

Wounded Knee: The Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This modern facility interprets the history of the December 29, 1890, Wounded Knee Massacre through interactive exhibits with historical...

Yellow Mounds Overlook

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Contrasting sharply with the whites, grays, and browns of the badlands pinnacles, the mounds viewed from here greet you with soft yet...

Prairie Walk

  • Tour–Sight

This easy, ½-mile hike into the grasslands starts at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Rangers lecture on the intricacies of the prairie...


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