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Loop Road, Badlands National Park

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Scenic Drive Tourist Spot
Drive the scenic Loop Road to explore the beauties of Badlands National Park. Approximately 64 km (40 mi) long, the road winds through the park, following the contours of nature. Stop at some of the many overlooks with parking areas to admire the scenery and take photos. Many of these spots offer hiking trails, too. Throughout the park, you may see bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, bison, and more animals. Because the road is inside a national park, an admission fee is charged at the road's entrance. A visit to Loop Road represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Badlands National Park itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • A trip through the Badlands is a must if you visit South Dakota. There is truly no place like it on earth. It is kind of like being on how you would imagine an alien planet. Strange hills that are not...  more »
  • This is one of those little known national parks that is worth driving off of I-90 in South Dakota to visit. The scenery is just spectacular and is well worth the time. There are a lot of turnouts, th...  more »
  • 1st stop should be the minuteman missile historic site. Nice drive, close in views of wildlife without even leaving the car. Nice accessible trail to beautiful views. Easy walk for those less fit. Sur...  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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