Location: South Dakota
Top 3 Things to Do at Badlands National Park
1. Commune with Ancient Wildlife
Badlands National Park has a Fossil Preparation Lab where you can watch paleontologists at work, literally uncovering the area’s ancient history. At the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, use a touchscreen to assemble a virtual skeleton, touch fossilized animal replicas and watch the film Land of Stone and Light in the center’s 95-seat air-conditioned theater.
2. Drive the Badlands Loop Road
Cruise from the Ben Reifel Visitor Center on the east side of the park to the West Entrance, a 22-mile stretch that includes amazing wildlife and dramatic overlooks.
3. Take a Hike
Want a short hike? Choose from two easy short trails, the Door Trail and Window Trail. Experienced, well-prepared hikers will find a challenge with the 10-mile round trip Castle Trail or the short but steep hike that includes a log-ladder climb on the Notch Trail. Those without a fear of heights will be rewarded with a sweeping view of the White River Valley.
Plan your vacation to Badlands National Park today!