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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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A: The most popular accommodations in Badlands National Park are motels. Also in hot demand are hotels, caravan parks and cabins.

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Best Lodging Options Near Badlands National Park

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Best Western Plains Motel $79
Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019
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Best Western Plains Motel

Best Western Plains Motel

712 Glenn St, Wall, SD
     
    4.2 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Check in was quick. Room extremely clean. Excellent breakfast. Friendly staff.

    Americas Best Value Inn Wall $50
    Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020
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    Americas Best Value Inn Wall

    Americas Best Value Inn Wall

    201 South Boulevard, Wall, SD
       
      3.7 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Good Service, at first we found the problem with heater in a room. They change a new room and it's ok.

      Americas Best Value Inn Kadoka $57
      Reviewed on Nov 5, 2019
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      Americas Best Value Inn Kadoka

      Americas Best Value Inn Kadoka

      401 South Dakota Highway, Kadoka, SD
         
        3.6 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Ok for one night on the road. Need to have a table or bench to put items on in the room.

        Badlands Motel and Campground
        Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019
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        Badlands Motel and Campground

        Badlands Motel and Campground

        900 SD Highway 377, Interior, SD
           
          3.8 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room was clean, comfortable and spacious enough for a couple.

          Days Inn by Wyndham Wall $66
          Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020
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          Days Inn by Wyndham Wall

          Days Inn by Wyndham Wall

          212 10th Ave And Norris, Wall, SD
             
            3.5 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Econo Lodge Wall
            Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019
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            Econo Lodge Wall

            Econo Lodge Wall

            804 Glenn St, Wall, SD
               
              3.5 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Excellent for the price. Our room was clean, spacious, quiet!

              Naturalistic Getaway!! Cozy Unit for 4!
              Naturalistic Getaway!! Cozy Unit for 4!

              Naturalistic Getaway!! Cozy Unit for 4!

              Interior, SD
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Northeast Entrance Badlands, this historic hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Ben Reifel Visitor Center and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead. Saddle Pass Trailhead and Prairie Homestead Historic Site are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Cedar Pass Lodge
                Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018
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                Cedar Pass Lodge

                Cedar Pass Lodge

                20681 SD-240, c/o Badlands National Park, Interior, SD
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  These are very comfortable cabins right at the south tip of Badlands National Park, it's actually in the park. The sunsets over the ridges outside the door are spectacular. You must arrive before 7pm to get checked in though, as the reception desk closes up when the restaurant/gift shop in front ...

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