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Badlands National Park; South Dakota

Reviewing: Badlands National Park  |  Rating:
By tkddad on
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We recently took a family vacation out West.

We stopped at the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. This is a must see. It is conveniently off of Highway 90.

My family really enjoyed this place. The rock formation is incredible. As you are driving up to the park it is amazing how you see prairie land for miles and then all of a sudden you have these incredible rock formations with these beautiful colors. It's like you drove into a different world.

There are many different scenic overlooks you can stop and take pictures, there are plenty of photo ops.

My son and myself enjoyed walking out to the edge of the cliffs, much to my wife's dismay. It was beautiful, away from all the craziness in the World. I enjoyed the peacefulness of it all. My son and I really ourselves.

We decided to go to the Badlands in the very early morning hours. It was worth getting up for. It seemed like we were the only ones in the park. We did not see another car for hours. We arrived at the park around 5:00am. Seeing the sunrise over the rocks was breathtaking. We pulled into a scenic overlook and as we were sitting there a herd of bighorn sheep walked right by us! If you can see the Badlands at sunrise or sunset, it's an amazing site.

There are many hiking trails in the park. You will also see many different animals. We even saw a Rattlesnake in the distance!

There is a decent place to eat right in the Badlands. It is Cedar Pass Lodge, although not a fancy place, it was decent food for a decent price and the place was clean with friendly workers.

We loved this place so much that we ended up driving through the park three different times on our trip.