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Badlands National Park Tour & Wall Drug
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Photo stop at the world famous Wall Drug, gateway to
Badlands National Park.
Scenic Loop Road: We drive through the
primoridal and stark but beautiful scenery of this
Visitors Center: Visit interactive
displays, enjoy an interpretive slide show.
WALL DRUG -
GATEWAY TO THE BADLANDS: In 1931, during the
Great Depression, Ted Hustead , owner of Wall Drug,
started to provided free ice water to road travelers
coming across the hot, dry Great Plains that stretched
from the eastern Black Hill to Minnesota.
As the travel trade built up the small drug store became
known as a hospitable and friendly place to pull over
and relax after the hot drive. Today, Wall Drug is known
worldwide because of its astonishing marketing campaign.
Take a photo with the giant Jacalope, cowboy characters,
or I-90 Dinosaur.
Wacky Wall Drug is fun.
LUNCH IS ON US:
Yes you can still get free ice water at Wall
Drug, but lunch is included in this tour, including
beverages. We also provide cold drinks throughout the
tour through the Park. We dine at the historic Cafe at
Wall Drug. Maybe you will also find some unique
souvenirs of your trip.
Stark but beautiful
Badlands National Park.
NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE: To the Lakota, this
harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica,"
meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly
described the area as “bad lands to travel across."
Today, geologists consider all the places in the world
with similar topography and formation badlands.
Containing the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil
beds, dating 37-28 million years old, the evolutionary
stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros
arise from the 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes,
pinnacles, and spires. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered
black-footed ferrets, and swift fox roam one of the
largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United
The unique badlands formations
interlaced with one of the largest mixed-grass prairie
ecosystems provides considerable opportunities for
discovery and exploration. From our comfortable air-conditoned
vans watch for wildlife in the park..
Badlands National Park established a partnership in 1976
with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, sharing lands, specifically
the South Unit, and spliting entrance fees; 50% of the
fees collected in the park are transferred to the tribe
for resource management and recreation projects.
Entrance fees are included in this tour.
The Badlands are
beautiful in all seasons.
The Pig Dig was discovered in June 1993
when two visitors from Iowa discovered a large backbone
protruding from the ground near the Conata Picnic Area.
Originally thought to be a 4-day excavation, field work
has continued for over a decade, yielding
Discovery Tours run year
more than 10,000 fossilized bones for
During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm,
shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is
now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no
fossils of these animals have been found in the park.
Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the
ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.
The Badlands' environment changes constantly. Erosion
carves the rocks into bizarre formations that look like
landscapes from another planet. A heavy rain can uncover
fossils that have been hidden for millions of years.
Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the
Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument
in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison,
and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed
grass prairie, are again thriving in their native
Badlands Loop Road:. Bring your camera and
excitement for this wonderful scenic journey on well
maintained paved roads. There are numerous overlooks and
pullovers to get a great shot of this magnificent park.
Highway 240, better known as the Loop Road, winds its
way through the most scenic and majestic portions of the
Visitor Center: Located at park headquarters,
the Ben Reifel Visitor Center reopened in 2006 with new
exhibits, a 95-seat, air-conditioned theater, a new
film, Land of Stone and Light, and improved classroom
and restroom facilities. We are certain you will enjoy
The Badlands Natural History Association operates a
bookstore in the visitor center. Postcards, books,
videos, posters, and other educational materials about
the park and its resources are available for purchase.