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Main route through Badlands National Park.
Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I thought the Badlands would be beautiful but perhaps a bit boring. I couldn't have been any more wrong. Loop Road winds you around alien landscapes and with lots of stops along the way that offer varied opportunities to "ooh" and "ahh," hike, and see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Loria_Taylor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't plan to take this don't bother stopping at Badlands. This is pretty much the only road going through the place. You'll get to see most of the badlands just driving on it. Plenty of stops along the way. Most of the badlands...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ThreeWiseMen1998
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had friends who did not have time to see this park, but we are happy that we could fit it in. We toured during the day and then went back in the evening to attend a night time presentation given by park rangers. They...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank izokbyila
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The paved loop road travels through Badlands National park for approximately 27 miles (43k) past the best part of the spectacular geological formation known as the Badlands Wall. Along the way, there are 12 major pullouts offering differing views of the Badlands formation and the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Easy drive, well marked. Stunning views roaming through the park. We saw buffalo, cayotes, big horn sheep, deer and of course prairie dogs!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank queenofspaids
Reviewed December 26, 2018

We had a limited amount of time to spend in the Badlands Park therefore we chose to travel on the loop road to see as much as the park as we could. I definitely recommend spending a minimum of a full day in the park...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 26, 2018

After spending a few days exploring the Badlands, we decided to look for a good spot to view a sunset. We found it! Loved this Loop Drive.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank twdenman
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Very interesting and unique landscape viewing from this road. There are a lot of places to pull out and take in the vast scenery. If you're traveling Interstate 90, you'll be glad if you decide to take this detour.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank BobB748
Reviewed December 12, 2018

So much wildlife and an other-worldly topography. If you are going through SD, there is no excuse not to swing through. Like another planet.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 300clifton
Reviewed November 11, 2018

You MUST take this loop if you are near the Badlands. It's not too long and exits off the interstate & ends a Wall Drug. It's the only way to really drive through part of the Badlands up close - you can't see the scenery...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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January 26, 2019|
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Response from BillUsma74 | Reviewed this property |
There are so many places to stop and pull off to take pictures and admire the view. Many are marked and have off the main road parking, but some of your best pictures may come from a wider spot of the road and a view only... More
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September 14, 2018|
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Response from SandiTheQueen | Reviewed this property |
There is a visitor center about half way thru that I would assume has restrooms. We didn’t go that far but if the center was like others that we saw in the parks it will have restrooms.
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Kelly A
Rineyville, Kentucky
BNP trip questions..... (2 Replies)
We will be staying at CSP in June and spending one day at BNP. My plan was to enter at the Interior Entrance and go to the Visitor Center first (we will be there the day they are having "Discover the Badlands", then up to Notch Trail, Window Trail and Door Trail, back down to Badlands Loop Road, on to Roberts Prairie Dog Town and then to Wall. My questions are: 1. Am I back tracking too much starting at the Interior Entrance? 2. After visiting Robert Prairie Dog Town should we take 502...More
May 10, 2018|
Response fromlonghorn74|
The distance from the Ben Reifel Visitor Center to the trailhead for the Window/Door/Notch trails is a couple of miles. So you are really only adding those 2 extra miles if you start at the Interior Entrance, go to Visitor Center, drive up to the trailhead and then back down to the Loop Road as opposed to entering from the Northeast Entrance and driving down to the trailhead and then to the Visitor Center.
Baltimore, Maryland
Badlands Loop road (2 Replies)
I have been looking at maps of Badlands NP and the Loop Road, and it does not look like a loop on the maps, it looks like an out and back road. Any info on this?
May 15, 2017|
Response fromlonghorn74|
You are absolutely correct. Within the park, this road is not a loop. (It only becomes part of a loop if you extend your drive outside the park.) Some maps call it the Badlands Scenic Byway which is more accurate.
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Anyone used Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg? (9 Replies)
We are looking to come down Dec 19-22. We have been to Wears Valley area in summer but have never used this rental company. We are looking at Bird's Eye View cabin which says it is in the Loop Road area. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!
July 15, 2006|
Response fromtomkaboo|
We've used Mountain Rentals.. Their very nice to work with. we've stayed in the Loop Rd/Roaring Forks area before. The cabin you're looking at (Birds Eye View) is located on Forrest Springs Dr. To get there you would turn off 321 at light 1A on to Roaring Forks Rd.....then right on Loop Rd.....then left on Forrest Springs Dr. The cabin is at the dead end of Forrest Springs Dr. The roads are paved ,except for a small section of Forrest Springs Dr. , which is gravel. You would be about 10-12...More