The Beauty of the Badlands

Badlands National Park is a stunningly beautiful area. Once you experience a sunrise, sunset, a sunny day or even a passing storm, you will fall in love with this park.

National Park

Welcome to the Badlands

Northern Park Entrance Overlook

Just a few miles before entering the Northwestern Badlands entrance is an amazing overlook. Heading into the park, but before arriving at the park entrance, the overlook is on the left. You will see a dirt/rock road that leads to the edge of the overlook. You will also see a tall cell tower ~ head toward it.

Camping is also free and cell service was perfect.

Only challenge…cows! They patrol the area well and often win with a stare down!

Sunset in the Badlands

Each sunset seemed to get better than the one before. Nearly every night we would go back to a spot we liked and watch the sun setting.

Rain Coming

Rain made the area much more dramatic.

Castle Trail

A very flat but nice little hike.

Scenery Near Ben Reifel Visitor Center

Spectacular views from the visitor center. There really aren’t many bad views in Badlands.

Cliff Shelf Nature Trail

A short easy trail with views of the White River Valley.

Badlands Color

A few colorful photos of area.


Surprisingly there are lots and lots of animals. Fortunately we saw the rattlesnake while in our car. We even saw a praying prairie dog. 😉

Other Photos

More photos of the area.

360 Photos

Some fun 360 photos and more at TwoHappyBugs360 @ Instagram.

360 Video

Walking a Fin at Sunset.

Another much safer walk in the Badlands.

Final Thoughts

This was our first visit to South Dakota and the Badlands and we loved the state and area. Great scenery, some really nice hikes both long and short and great scenery. 😉 Many scenic drives with overlooks and animals everywhere. We stayed a week and wish we stayed a week longer.

The Badlands is a must visit national park. If you visit, you won’t be disappointed.

More Useful Information

Badlands National Park Service

Badlands Notch Trail

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