Monday, August 11, 2014

The Great American Road Trip: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

I think it is obvious that we LOVE national parks!  There are so many great and unique things that each one of them offers.  The Badlands is no exception.  My families "Great American Road Trip" took us right next to a scenic loop of the Badlands National Park.  As you can see by the map below, we traveled West via 90 so we took 240 into the park and then back to 90 right into the city of Wall.  There is a fee to enter the park but we were able to use our annual pass.

Here are a few pictures of the sites:

When we entered the park we were at the top of the mounds.

It didn't take long before we were at the base of the mounds.

We saw many people hiking through the area and climbing on some of the towers/mounds.  My kiddos were not very interested due to the heat and the warning signs for rattlesnakes!

The visitors center was pretty interesting and the staff is very knowledgeable.  They have a small museum, a pretty decent size store, restrooms, and more.  They also have a room where they work on fossils.  We got there just before the "fossil room" closed to guests. 

Seeing the work being done.

The visitors center offers a movie to guide you through the history of the park and how it is constantly evolving.

So much more to see as we continued through the park:


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