Badlands National Park [South Dakota]

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We drove through Badlands National Park on our last day in South Dakota. Nothing I can write about them can really compete with these pictures, right?

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My brief thoughts:

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1. This is an incredible place.

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2. They have an “open hiking policy”. Meaning that, as long as your car is legally parked, you can hike ANYWHERE. Not very many places offer that anymore!

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3. Perhaps related to the aforementioned policy, there aren’t a lot of official trails. We hiked a short one that was labeled “moderate-strenuous”, we think due to the log ladder and the “dangerous cliff”. But a group in front of us was hiking with small children, so it couldn’t have been that strenuous.

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4. This place is incredible. Seriously. You need to go there.

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If you haven’t guessed yet by the pictures, it was a pretty awesome trip. You can check out Parts 1 and 2 of our South Dakota adventures here: Hiking Bear Butte and Scenic Drive: Wind Cave National Park and Needles Highway.

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2 thoughts on “Badlands National Park [South Dakota]

  1. When I passed through, briefly, I thought the Badlands were the best part of South Dakota by far. (Wall Drug was a disappointment after 4,000 miles of signs on the side of the road.)

    • Agreed– about both the Badlands and Wall Drug. I think I could spend DAYS in the Badlands, and I was ready to get out of Wall Drug after 10 minutes!

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