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Loop Road

Badlands National Park, SD
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: Main route through Badlands National Park.
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Westborough, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great loop road with plenty of scenic stops. Some stops are only great view others are view with very short trails. Worth the time to pull over and experience both.

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Nebraska
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

If you have time to drive through the Badlands, take your time and watch for wildlife. I saw a number of rams in multiple locations. Nature has made a park that is beautiful and amazing. There a number of pull offs, scenic viewpoints, and facilities. On my way back I will be driving back through the park, which will take... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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440 reviews 440 reviews
166 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The loop road is a must, even for folks that can't get out and hike. You can pull off at every stop and spend almost the whole day, or just drive through on your way to Wall, either way it's a worthwhile trip.

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Victoria, Canada
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

One could understand why this place would be called the Badlands. I tried to imagine early visitors to this strange land trying to make it through on horseback in the scorching sun with little shade protection or water, especially after viewing the vast grass plains, and then encountering this unforgiving stretch of land. Beautiful rock formations, so many different colours,... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I have always drove by with out stopping. But never again. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. There is plenty of bathrooms in the loop and plenty if viewing areas. The photos are over the top. So take a few extra mins and drive the loop. It's werth it.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The loop road is a brilliant way to see the Badlands. The view from your vehicle is great and there are regular lookouts and parking areas so you can stop, take in the views and explore on foot. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife. We saw bison and prairie dogs. The main loop road is a smooth drive... More

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Cooper City, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
60 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Loop Road takes you the short way right up to the top of the 60-mile long ridge, where you can see out across the Badlands. It's crazy beautiful, stunning -- you run out of superlatives. Take it easy, drive slow -- you won't want to miss anything. Words fail to describe the natural wonder. The visible striations and layers... More

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Batavia, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I love the Badlands! It's absolutely gorgeous. This road takes you right through the rocks. The drive itself is absolutely beautiful, and there are also quite a few places to park so you can get out and walk around a little. The are a lot of trails through the rocks and also a few places where you can just climb... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We visited in early May and had the luck and pure delight of a warm dry sunny day with clear blue skies. We only meet a handful of people in the park as it was somewhat still off season. We did the drive twice, my husband drove one way and I drove back, that way we could both enjoy the... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This drive provided us with wonderful views of Badlands National Park. After we did one hike in the afternoon heat, it was nice to drive and see so much more of the Badlands from the coolness of our air-conditioned car. And just when you think you've seen it all, you are treated to more amazing views! We really enjoyed this... More

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