Badlands Wall, Badlands National Park

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Stretching along some 100 km (60 mi) of dry plains, Badlands Wall poses as a natural rock barrier that's been eroding for tens of millions of years. Losing 2.5 cm (1 in) on average per year, the dramatic landscape is a constantly changing sight with sedimentary rock layers reflecting hues of orange, pink, red, yellow and gold. Hundreds of fossilized bones can be found throughout the wall and wildlife roams freely, among which are bison, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep. Depending on the time of the day, and the weather, you can expect to see different colors, shapes, and features of the wall. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Badlands Wall by using our Badlands National Park vacation trip planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Very easy hiking to get great views of the badlands. I'm by no means skilled, but the markers made it easy to figure out where to go and how to get there.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Mere photos do not do this beautiful place justice! I have been here several times and each time it's more gorgeous. God's creation! Great hiking and exploring. The place changes colors though out the...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The loop around and through this National Park is about 35 miles, and it is well worth the detour. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and you can stop at a variety of scenic overlooks on your way ...  more »

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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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