Badlands National Park, Interior

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Badlands National Park is famous for its striking scenery, but the steep-sided rock formations are more than just a source of beauty: they harbor one of the world's richest mammal fossil beds from around 30 million years ago and 69 million year old sea life fossils. Badlands also preserves the largest expanse of mixed-grass prairie in the national park system. The park is home to diverse plants and animals, including prairie denizens like the American bison and pronghorn. Prairie dog colonies provide food and habitat for the endangered black-footed ferret, as well as other predators ranging from bobcats to golden eagles.
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  • We drove the Loop Road, with multiple stops to check out the scenery. Did some of the easier hikes to explore a bit more. Awesome mountains of mud! Allow a few hours so you don't feel rushed...  more »
  • Being in Badlands National Park is like walking on the surface of Mars while being surrounded by sand castles! The scenic loop drive will get you to almost all the overlooks and trails. Door Trail...  more »
  • The views, Dear Readers! The Scenery! The slow moving traffic drinking it all in! The Badlands National Park is a real beaut. My biggest regret is that we went through it on our way home after.....  more »
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  • This is a very beautiful place. It makes me wonder how our ancestors ever made it. Beautiful in the summer winters would be a very different story. It’s definitely worth the tour. Plan to take an entire day.
  • It is OK. Same scenery throughout with little change. Best walk is near visitor center, cliff edge. Not worth spending a night. Cedar Cabins are inside the park but AC did not work and it took 2 days to fix. Food is bad and it is fly infested. Windows don't open or stay open, service bad. Check in is 4. Not 355. Not 359..4. They just don't care. Try calling the desk direct (not the reservation number, the office). They put you on hold and leave you...never come back. Simply not worth the stay in so.many ways. Just do the drive through off I90. Go in one side, out the other and be on your way.
  • So green during the summer of 2019. We very much recommend visiting. You are even allowed to scale the formations, but you will need to be very careful and do so at your own risk. It is so quiet. We stayed overnight at the campground and it just added to the experience. Plenty of pull outs and in the right places.
  • Got an aerial perspective with a quick helicopter ride coming into the park, just outside park boundary, at the East entrance then took the drive through the park. There are plenty of viewpoints to pull over at and keep an eye out for big Horn sheep, prairie dogs, buffalo and rattlesnakes!
  • This park is beautiful. So many interesting things to see. Lots right on the side of the road. The scenic road that goes through is great even if that's all you can do. A must see for sure.
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