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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  • I discovered this (many years ago) when we accidentally missed a turnoff on a family road trip when I was in college. So, when I took my own family on a road trip as an adult, we made sure to take thi...  more »
  • We decided to drive the Loop Road through the Badlands on our way out of South Dakota. It took us approximately a little over an hour. We enjoyed the views at the overlooks, but our favorite thing was...  more »
  • Went traveling through towards the later afternoon the sun and the colors were amazing certainly a must visit place if there is nice weather and good sun you cant go wrong.  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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