11 Best Things To Do In Badlands National Park

1. Drive The Badlands Loop Road

Start your visit driving the Badlands Loop Road. It is a beautiful scenic drive with the most striking view of the Badlands Wall.  

2. Ben Reifel Visitors Center

At this pull-off are the trailheads for some of the best hikes in Badlands National Park. 

3. Notch Trail

Notch Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Badlands National Park.  

4. Fossil Exhibit Area

If you only have a short time and want a quick hike, The Fossil Exhibit Area has a .25 mile long boardwalk.  

5. Castle Trail

The Castle Trail is the longest hike in Badlands National Park at 10 miles (16 km) round trip and from the Fossil Exhibit Area.

6. Cliff Shelf Trail

The Cliff Shelf Trail is another short loop in Badlands NP that takes you along a boardwalk.

7. Sage Creek Wilderness Area

If you want to get off the beaten path, it is possible to hike a long 22 mile loop of the Sage Creek Wilderness Area. 

8. Pinnacles Overlook

You cannot visit Badlands National Park without stopping at the Pinnacles Overlook. 

9. Yellow Mounds Overlook

One of the most unique features of Badlands National Park are its yellow mounds.  

10. Stop At Wall Drug Store

A very quirky road side attraction near Badlands National Park is the tourist attraction of Wall Drug.  

11. Roberts Prairie Dog Town And Wildlife

We saw an abundance of prairie dogs scuttering about in Badlands National Park.  

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