Badlands National Park

While you won’t see saber-toothed cats or rhinoceroses roaming like they once did, you may see their remains in this stunning national park with some of the world’s richest fossil deposits.
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Badlands National Park

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.

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