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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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The loop road takes an hour or more if you are taking your time. It was snowing so we stayed in the car for most of the trip. I'm more of an activity type person so I was surprised at how much we enjoyed the scenery and wildlife. We saw big horn sheep, a coyote, and marmots. We also enjoyed... More

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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The loop road includes numerous stops for hiking or for facilities (restaurants, very decent gift shops and bathrooms). Even if you don't get out of your car (which you'd be FOOLISH not to do!), the scenery is amazing. I saw mountain goats high on a cliff, casually munching away. I saw and hear prairie dogs, just pulled over to the... More

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
37 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I was unprepared for the combination of brilliant green prairie grass (waving in the relentless wind) and desolate mini canyons. It was stunningly beautiful, especially as the road allows drivers to look down into some areas, and up into others. The few stops were informative, especially the history of settlers given land grants in the and nearly starving as the... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This Loop Road will still get ya from east to west or v v, but is slow and absolutely gorgeous. Plus, you'll see some great critters like prairie dogs, buffalo, and other high desert creatures. Take a pause and off the Interstate and see true wonder of nature

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Sydney, Australia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
156 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The formations are spectacular and the landscape is unlike anywhere in the world. There are lots of look out spots on the way where you can get fantastic photos and just stare out and the undulating mounds going into the distance. It is serene and beautiful.

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Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We visited The Badlands during December. The beautiful natural landscapes were made even more breathtaking with a light dusting of snow. What could be better? Having the entire park almost completely to yourself! Visiting National Parks during winter months has both ups and downs. Visitor centers and snack bars are not always open, but there are no crowds. If you... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Over 200,000 acres of rugged Uniqueness. If you're a Nature Lover....this is a must see. This area has one of the largest fossil beds in the world. Your chance of seeing any of the variety of animals [ big horn sheep, buffalo, black footed ferret and prairie dogs ] is very high. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open all... More

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Florence, Montana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Nice drive through the Badlands. An easy by-pass off I-90 from either direction. It can be a quick drive-through in a few hours or a full 1-2 day adventure depending on how long you have in the area. The loop road takes you into the heart of the Badlands and affords beautiful views from the pull-offs.

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Townsville
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131 reviews 131 reviews
53 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The 40 mile loop road through the Badlands National Park travelled through amazing sights of weathered landscapes complete with towering spires, canyons, valleys, eroded cliffs and a desolate lunar landscape. We were provided with a map which listed the many scenic lookouts along the way. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center provided welcome airconditioned relief from the scorching heat. We also... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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73 reviews 73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Several lookout stops gives a great view of changing scenery. There are trails to walk through the formations. Take as much or as little time as you like, it's gorgeous either way. If you're pressed for time just simply driving through will still give great views. Either way you approach, you leave I-90 and get back on I-90. I've driven... More

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