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Despite the forbidding name, this park has great beauty in its cliffs, prairies and ancient fossil beds.

Early pioneers were awestruck moving from the prairies to variegated cliffs of what is now known as Badlands National Park. At first glance, these treeless, seemingly endless spires, pinnacles and ravines appear hostile, earning their name of “bad lands.” However, today’s safe access lets you explore the beauty of this geologic wonder.  

Hiking paths range from short, easy Window Trail and boardwalk Door Trail at canyon level to moderate and strenuous trails up the Badlands Wall. Hike both areas for varied perspectives of looking up to and down from fascinating rock formations. 

Camp in the backcountry and enjoy clear, dark skies under the Milky Way Galaxy. Visit Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater to hear a ranger program and use telescopes to explore some of the 7,500 visible stars and a few planets. 

Follow the short boardwalk along Fossil Exhibit Trail, with replicas of ancient creatures once inhabiting the area. In this park, one of the world’s richest fossil fields, you may discover unmarked fossil remains. If so, don’t do any digging, but flag the spot, fill out a visitor site report and notify a ranger.  

Ancient rhinoceroses and saber-toothed cats once lived in these lands. In modern times, look for bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, bison and ferrets in the vast mixed-grass prairie area. 

If you’ve visited before, return to enjoy the park again and look for changes in the striking landscape. Fragile parts of the terrain erode at a rate of 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) per year, exposing new fossils on a regular basis.

Drive or join a tour to appreciate the sights along the Badlands Loop Road. Each turn brings a new view of stratified rock and narrow gullies. The park is about an hour’s drive east of Rapid City. Combine your visit to see the natural beauty of Badlands National Park with a trip to Mount Rushmore National Monument where images of four great U.S. presidents are carved into a massive cliff. 

Purchase a day pass to Badlands National Park or an interagency pass providing full-year access to all U.S. national parks with affordable adventures for every traveler.


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Best Western Plains Motel £84
Best Western Plains Motel

Best Western Plains Motel

712 Glenn St, Wall
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 386 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Pinnacles Entrance Badlands, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of National Grasslands Visitor Center, Wounded Knee Museum and Wall Drug. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is 6.9 mi (11.1 km) away.

    Travelodge by Wyndham Wall £56
    Travelodge by Wyndham Wall

    Travelodge by Wyndham Wall

    211 10th Avenue, Wall
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 74 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      This motel is located in Wall (Pinnacles Entrance Badlands), close to National Grasslands Visitor Center, Wounded Knee Museum and Wall Drug. Area attractions also include Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

      Americas Best Value Inn-Wall £87
      Americas Best Value Inn-Wall

      Americas Best Value Inn-Wall

      201 South Boulevard, Wall
         
        3.6
        of 5, from 380 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Pinnacles Entrance Badlands, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of National Grasslands Visitor Center, Wounded Knee Museum and Wall Drug. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.

        Econo Lodge Wall £67
        Econo Lodge Wall

        Econo Lodge Wall

        804 Glenn St, Wall
           
          3.4
          of 5, from 326 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Pinnacles Entrance Badlands, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Grasslands Visitor Center, Wounded Knee Museum and Wall Drug. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is 6.9 mi (11 km) away.

          Americas Best Value Inn Kadoka £67
          Americas Best Value Inn Kadoka

          Americas Best Value Inn Kadoka

          401 South Dakota Highway, Kadoka
             
            3.6
            of 5, from 198 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Northeast Entrance Badlands, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Badlands Petrified Gardens and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Kadoka Lake. Chamberlain Pass is 9.8 mi (15.7 km) away.

            Cedar Pass Lodge
            Cedar Pass Lodge

            Cedar Pass Lodge

            20681 SD-240, Interior
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 4 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              This cabin is located in Interior (Northeast Entrance Badlands), close to Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead and Saddle Pass Trailhead.

              Badlands Motel and Campground £64
              Badlands Motel and Campground

              Badlands Motel and Campground

              900 SD Highway 377, Interior
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 221 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Northeast Entrance Badlands, this campsite is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Ben Reifel Visitor Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead. Saddle Pass Trailhead is 3.7 mi (6 km) away.

                Badlands Inn
                Badlands Inn

                Badlands Inn

                20615 SD Hwy 377, Interior
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0

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