Badlands Wall
Badlands Wall
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A ridge that goes through the park, and is the site of incredible rock formations, which are being eroded, and therefore slowly change over time.
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  • ANR_78
    Marion, Illinois727 contributions
    Nice Scenery
    Nice area to visit and experience while taking in the sights. Cool sights and we were there early enough in the summer that we got to check everything out without the crowds. It almost felt like we had the place to ourselves and could spend as much time or as little while there.
    Visited June 2022
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Michael H
    Elk River, Minnesota747 contributions
    Excellent National Park for views and hikes
    This place was beautiful!!! No matter the season. We came a few days in early April after a large winter storm. Amazing breathtaking views! There are tons of stops along the main tour road to stop and take plenty of pictures. Lol if you're afraid of heights be warned not a lot of guard rails. I was excited to purchase my National Park Senior Lifetime Pass at Badlands.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Pixelpanderer
    Yountville, California966 contributions
    Otherworldly!
    The Badlands is best seen early morning or late afternoon. The shadows are better for photography; there is a higher probability that animals will be visible and for sure it will be cooler. Parents beware! The ground is dry and sharp. In places it is easy to slide down gullies. There are fences in some places but not others. keep an eye on your loved ones.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written July 30, 2023
  • trdashfield
    Powell, Ohio15 contributions
    The Badlands are great!
    Everyone should visit national parks and this is no exception! It's easy to get to and if you wish (but why would you) you can just drive through it without ever leaving your car. But if you did that you'd miss the hikes and the scenic views that you can only truly experience by getting out of your car! The scenery (especially Yellow Mounds) is most beautiful at sunrise and/or sunset. You will see plenty of bison and prairie dogs; Bighorn sheep and mule deer and Burrowing owls can be seen as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
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DMSMD64
Chester Springs, PA507 contributions
Aug 2020
The roads are winding and the sites are beautiful. It is one of my favorite rides in the country. What does amaze and bother me is the selfishness of the “Me” generation. The “Me” generation is not about when you were born, it’s about only caring about yourself and not thinking about what you do and how it impacts others. This is evident along the entire road of the Badlands. People think nothing of stopping in the road to take pictures, holding up the dozen vehicles behind them. If each of ten cars stops for even just 30 seconds it causes the last person in line to be stuck five minutes. Be kind, pull out of traffic when you stop. Additionally, people drive huge RVs towing trailers behind them that are not capable of maintaining the speed limit, which is low to begin with, as the road in places is steep and winding. On my ride through the park I had had the opportunity to admire the back of a large coach RV and a fifth wheel trailer for half the park. Common scenery these days in and around the Black Hills
Written August 4, 2020
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Matt P
Petoskey, MI97 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Absolutely Amazing! We were finishing a long, several day drive & were ready to get to the hotel in Rapid City when we decided to get off the highway early & drive the Badlands Loop. The kids grumbled about adding on driving time (but we had come all this way to see the sights). One of the best decisions we have made. The views are incredible! We got out at the 1st viewing area & all grumbles stopped instantly. Breath-taking views & scenery. The kids made us stop at most of the viewpoints & scenic overlook stops because they wanted to see what variation on the scenery was next. We saw Bighorn Sheep, Deer & American Bison on our drive. The whole thing, with multiple stops, added a couple of hours to our trip to our hotel, but this was why we had driven all the way out here, & even the kids realized this once we got into it.
Written June 16, 2021
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trdashfield
Powell, OH15 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Everyone should visit national parks and this is no exception! It's easy to get to and if you wish (but why would you) you can just drive through it without ever leaving your car. But if you did that you'd miss the hikes and the scenic views that you can only truly experience by getting out of your car!

The scenery (especially Yellow Mounds) is most beautiful at sunrise and/or sunset. You will see plenty of bison and prairie dogs; Bighorn sheep and mule deer and Burrowing owls can be seen as well.
Written October 23, 2023
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Sara_Ramaswamy
South Riding, VA113 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very memorable visit to Badlands NP - we visited the park after a stop over at Walls Drug. We did the badlands loop road and it took us about 2 hours including stops at quite a few vista points. The scenery is breath taking - we even managed to see a huge Buffalo, deer and pronghorn goats. There were many prairie towns with prairie dogs popping in and out of them . The first vista point was spell binding with a gorgeous view of the Canyon. The views only get better as we drive on. Visitor center closes at 4 pm, in case you want to stop by. We stopped at many vista points though did not go on any trails. We left the pack from
The Interior side. Plan to have enough water bottles as it tends to get hotter inside the park. Must see nationaL Park .
Written July 4, 2021
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ANR_78
Marion, IL727 contributions
Jun 2022
Nice area to visit and experience while taking in the sights. Cool sights and we were there early enough in the summer that we got to check everything out without the crowds. It almost felt like we had the place to ourselves and could spend as much time or as little while there.
Written March 19, 2023
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Andrea B
8 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
The first viewing area is breathtaking and sets the entire drive through the Badlands up for excitement and wonder. Our Family spent 3 hours taking in the beauty and climbing the trails for extra special views. Wear good tennis shoes or boots and the trails will be no problem for any able bodied adventurer. Bring plenty of water and snacks to prevent having to rush through this spectacularly scenic drive.
Written July 20, 2020
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Chris_From_Mich
Commerce Township, MI335 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
hard to pick just one spot within the badlands to talk about, it's that amazing.

there wall was 'awesome'. hard to fathom the horizontal striations represent a time span of a hundred million years.

there view of the wall is incredible. must see.
Written July 10, 2020
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David and Josie
Shoreview, MN904 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was our second visit to the Badlands.This is such an amazing park to visit.The sites to see are incredible.The entrance fee is $30 and good for seven days.The drive from one entrance to the other is 22 miles I believe.We definitely recommend you drive the entire way.The rock formations are amazing.We also had a chance to see buffalo,big horn sheep,rabbits and prairie dogs.Plenty of places to stop for photos and a couple of stops for restrooms.We recommend highly.
Written September 3, 2021
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Darla B
105 contributions
Aug 2020
Saw all the wildlife they have at the park. While we were there people respected the wildlife and respected the paths. Beware of snake signs did come in handy as we did come across a fairly big rattle snake on one of the trails. While some people backed off others thought they should get a closer look.
Written September 15, 2020
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Aslan's Traveler
Burnsville, MN650 contributions
Jun 2021
Not too far north of the Ben Reifel's Visitor Center is a pulloff where you will find the Door, Window and Notch trail. If you take the Door trail, there is a boardwalk which will take you to the other side of the wall and into the Badlands. At the end of the boardwalk there is a trail that continues into the Badlands, marked by various numbered signs. It doesn't take more than 30-60 minutes or so to get to the end of this trail, but it is an experience of the "real" badlands. More than just driving through, this will give you a feel of experiencing this amazing landscape. Get out of the car, make sure you have some water, and spend some time exploring.
Written July 31, 2021
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