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Buffalo sighting

A great place to see Buffalo. The Badlands are a must see when in South Dakota. We stayed in the... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2019
milwaukee, United States
Prairie dogs, bison and sheep

We were lucky enough to see them all. Follow this gravel road out, especially just before dusk to... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Area of Badlands National Park with unusual scenery and wildlife such as bighorn sheep, buffalo, black-footed ferrets and prairie dogs.
Badlands National Park, SD
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Reviewed 15 January 2019

A great place to see Buffalo. The Badlands are a must see when in South Dakota. We stayed in the cabins at Custer State Park.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mattgX8031LG
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to see them all. Follow this gravel road out, especially just before dusk to see the animals moving around. The sun provides perfect lighting this time of day too. I've read the animals are less active during the heat of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sporty1823
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Took some TripAdvisor reviewers advice and drove the Rim Road. It was scenic and beautiful, but to be honest, not all that I was expecting. I actually enjoyed our time in the Badlands way more because you were so much closer to the gorgeous rock...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mary Kate D
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We drove this road in our car, which we town behind our RV, and it was rough and slow. The road was not well maintained (June 2018). The RVs we did see attempt the road turned around at Prairie Dog Village. I wish we had...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Irishgrl_7
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Recently rode the Badlands on my Harley with a friend. Such a change of geography from Wisconsin and the South of which, I'm familiar. Rugged, vast and desolate were the words that first came to mind. It's a beauty all in its own. We passed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank V9653JOcynthias
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful,and breathtaking. The road is a dirt road so you have to mind the Dust. There's also a great views we can take selfies or wonderful videos of the Badlands.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Marie M
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This area is where the buffalo can be found in the Badlands. The Big Horn Sheep graze in this area also. Great for pictures.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank FredPatty
Reviewed 3 July 2018

A great wilderness area and we spotted a few of the local wildlife just hanging around. It is off the Loop so do not miss it!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank pakarate
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

The Sage Creek area of Badlands NP is an undervalued section of the park. While most people seemed to exit at Pinnacles after completing the Rim Road, we continued on along Sage Creek Road to Scenic, SD. Our experience was like being on a prairie...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BlueDevilOKC
Reviewed 19 May 2018

Sage Creek area is on the Rim Road, not the Loop Road. It is a dirt road, so be careful if it has been raining. Also a couple great overlooks in this area,

Date of experience: May 2018
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2 May 2018|
Response from BlueDevilOKC |
As long as it has not rained in the last couple days, the road is suitable for any vehicle in good working order. Our minivan rides low like a sedan, and we had no trouble.