Loop Road, Badlands National Park

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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 trip website to plot your vacation.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Living in AZ. we have visited The Grand Canyon many times and in a different way, this is as magnificent. The formations are awe inspiring and The Loop Road provides many pull offs to watch for Bison,...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Badlands National Park is a must do if you're in the area. I am from an area of Utah where several National Parks (Bryce, Canyonlands, Zion's, Arches) are within a few hours. I wondered what Badlands ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The loop road is the way to see the park. The geological formations are awesome. Great pull offs for viewing all along the way. Easily accessible. It was rainy so we didn't do any hiking, but I will n...  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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