Originally when Ian and I mapped out our road trip we planned on stopping at Mount Rushmore and The Badlands on the same day since they are about an hour apart. However, we underestimated how much time we would take at the parks and arrived at The Badlands at dusk. The roads are very curvy through the park and we would have missed all of the scenery so we turned around and drove back to Rapid City, South Dakota (about 45 miles – yes, that was the closest city) to stop for the night. The view the next morning was definitely worth the backtracking! South Dakota is mostly rolling hills and flat plains so the huge rock formations were quite amazing. We saw so much wildlife (mountain goats, deer, prairie dogs – we even heard coyote howling!) that were all so acclimated to humans that you could get pretty close before they would run off. Unfortunately we didn’t see any buffalo this time which just means we will have to visit again! The Badlands hold a lot of history including many fossils which are still being found to this day. Ian and I stopped at the museum and at different points along the drive to learn about these prehistoric animals. They have fossils of a three-toed horse and a small animal that is a relative of the modern dog that looks just like Rudy. Before we left we made sure to pick up another mug and magnet! The Badlands is such an accessible park since you can literally drive right through it without getting out of your car and see most of everything. It is a must see in my opinion! Please leave a comment if you have ever been; I would love to hear about your trip!
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