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Badlands National Park

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Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing. Here you'll have the chance to glimpse bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and the most endangered land mammal in the United States, the black-footed ferret. Interstate 90 passes through the Badlands, and you can view the landscape and wildlife as you navigate the loop road off the highway. Hiking trails bring you up close to the park's array of wild formations. Take a peek at our custom trip planner: Badlands National Park and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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Where to stay in Badlands National Park

While Badlands National Park provides a handful of campgrounds within the park's boundaries, the Cedar Pass Lodge is the only place inside the park that gives you a roof over your head. Sitting 100 km (62.5 mi) away, Murdo is the most developed town east of the park. Here you'll find a handful of economy chain motels and locally owned lodges. About the same distance west of the park, Rapid City offers the same range of accommodations, but with more places to choose from. Rapid City provides more entertainment options and sits to the east of the Black Hills and north of Wind Cave National Park, making it a better choice as a place to stay if you're planning a longer vacation in the area.
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