Loop Road, Badlands National Park

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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  • Got in free with our 4th grade daughter’s national park pass. What an amazing drive with greatly varying views that are simply amazing. Highly recommend taking the time to drive it....even if you...  more »
  • So many amazing vistas! Constantly need to stop and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Buffalo and great big horned sheep are plentiful. The geological formations are just amazing! Keep your eyes on the....  more »
  • One of the many routes to take within the Badlands National Park . . . .beauty at every bend in the road! Go, explore and enjoy it all! And if you can go in November, or during low season, it will be....  more »
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