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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 itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I was in quite a hurry when passing through, it took quite awhile for me to get there, and once I was in the Badlands, I wasnt sure where the best vista spot was... and its a pretty big place! Perhaps...  more »
  • This drive has a surprise at every turn. We were there on a clear, crisp March day and it was a stunning drive. The wildlife was abundant with deer, antelope and prairie dogs showing themselves throug...  more »
  • We took this loop ride in our RV. Plenty of places to park for pictures or just to take in the views. Beautiful country and the views vary. Take your time. Get out and take it in. Watch for rattlesnak...  more »