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Take a Captivating Virtual Tour of Badlands National Park

  • Take a Captivating Virtual Tour of Badlands National Park
Updated: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
By : 
Alyssa

Stretching over 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, spires and the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the U.S., Badlands National Park is a must-see part of Western South Dakota. As a part of the national park system, the 160+ square miles of this moonscape area has dazzled visitors since 1939 with remarkable prairie wildlife, plentiful hiking, fossil discoveries and more. 

Set yourself within the beauty of the Black Hills and Badlands with a virtual tour of Badlands National Park—no sunscreen, hiking boots or rain gear required. Explore the trails, pass by the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, try to spot some wildlife and take in the stunning beauty of the Badlands all from the comfort of your home. 

Begin your virtual tour with these highlights, including Big Badlands Overlook, Door Trailhead, Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, Fossil Exhibit Trailhead, Yellow Mounds Overlook, Pinnacles Overlook and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Just click "explore" and start your virtual adventure. 

Big Badlands Overlook

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Door Trailhead

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Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead

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The juniper forest along this short trail loop often attracts the park's various wildlife, making it a great area to spot deer, pronghorn and even bighorn sheep. The trail's elevation along the Badlands wall also provides breathtaking, sweeping views of the White River valley. 

 

Fossil Exhibit Trailhead

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Badland National Park was once home to incredible numbers of saber-toothed cats, miniature camels, horses, and even massive rhinoceros-like beasts called titanotheres. Today, the park preserves the world's most significant fossil beds of animals from the Oligocene Epoch of the Age of Mammals. Explore this trail and find fossil exhibits of mammals that walked this land millions of years ago. 

 

Yellow Mounds Overlook

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Pinnacles Overlook

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Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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Prairie dogs are an essential part of the Badlands ecology. Visitors can easily spot them barking from their complex underground burrows throughout the region known as prairie dog towns. The Roberts Prairie Dog Town in Badlands National Park is a great location to sit back and observe these critters in their prairie habitat.

To discover more parks and monuments in the Black Hills and Badlands, visit the Parks & Monuments page.

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