Situated in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park is characterized by a rugged landscape marked by otherworldly rock formations. This fascinating scenery is located in the heart of vast grass prairie land, resulting in shocking and lovely views.
Badlands Loop Road
Take a ride on this iconic 31-mile road which runs straight through the park. Experience the highlights of Badlands National Park by pulling off to the various scenic overlook points throughout your journey.
A 1.5-mile, moderately strenuous hike, the Notch Trail is one of the park’s most famous hikes, but it’s not for the faint of heart! If you’re afraid of heights or traveling with children, this is not the hike for you. The Notch Trail will have you climbing a steep ladder, peeking over cliff edges, and taking in breathtaking views of the park. If you’re up for the challenge, you’re in for a treat!
Robert’s Prairie Dog Town
Badlands National Park is known for its abundance of prairie dogs! Keep your eyes peeled for mounds and burrows throughout the park, and especially at Robert’s Prairie Dog Town, as you’re likely to catch a glimpse of these cute animals popping out. Do not feed the prairie dogs!
Yellow Mounds Overlook
This historic part of the park features vibrantly-colored rock formations that will leave you in awe. These bright yellow mounds began as an ancient sea which dried up, and the resulting rock layer turned yellow when exposed to air. Today these mounds encompass the oldest rock layers in the entire park.
As the name suggests, panorama point offers phenomenal panoramic views over the park’s unique landscape. This is a great place to watch a sunrise or sunset, so don’t forget to bring your camera!
Ben Reifel Visitor Center
Head to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center any time of year for everything you want and need to know about Badlands National Park. There you’ll be able to chat with park rangers to hash out your trip and you’ll definitely want to stop at the gift shop, too!