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Discover the Wonderful South Dakota National Parks

South Dakota is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, rich American history, and iconic destinations. Its most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore, often gets all the attention. You may be surprised to hear the state houses seven national park sites.

We will outline the wonderful South Dakota national parks so you can plan your adventure.

Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park features vast mixed-grass prairies between otherworldly striated canyons, pinnacles, and buttes. It is a land of extremes where summer temperatures can surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit, yet winters get bitter cold.

Badlands National Park

The Badlands is home to one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Paleontologists have discovered fossils of ancestors to the modern horse and rhino within the park grounds.

Many visitors come to see the striated rock formations and bison. The rugged terrain with striped layers feels like another planet. Due to their mammoth size, bison draw your attention. The giants can reach 6.5 feet in height and weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

Badlands National Park is easy to navigate, comprising two primary roads. Badlands Loop Road spans 30 miles across the park. The road offers many overlooks and excellent views of the grasslands and surreal rock formations.

Scenic Drives

The park offers everything from boardwalk strolls to challenging hikes along rugged canyons and mounds. Its boardwalk strolls offer informational signs and grand views, while the longer walks take you through the heart of the badlands.


Badlands National Park offers an opportunity to see unique wildlife whether you explore by car or on foot. Visitors regularly spot bison, prairie dogs, and bighorn sheep.

Wildlife Watching

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