There’s nothing bad about Badlands National Park. Its rugged terrain and striking beauty have attracted visitors from all walks of life to its home in western South Dakota.
We spent four exploring here in June: hiking, getting off the beaten path, and discovering the magic hidden in the folds.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, The National Parks Cutest Couples, ft Badlands & Wind Cave
- Our article, 7 Perfect Days in South Dakota
- Our Video Highlights
- Our podcast episode, National Parks Camping 101, ft. Badlands
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Take a short hike, like the Notch Trail, for views of the Badlands
- Spot wildlife, like the bison and prairie dogs
- Watch the sunset from an overlook
- Camp overnight in the park.
- Visit the lesser-known southern unit of the park to Sheep Table Mountain
- Take off on an overnight backpacking trip.
- Wind Cave National Park
- Mount Rushmore National Monument
- Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.