Badlands National Park

United States: Dances with WolvesBadlands National Park

Location

South Dakota's Badlands National Park showcases nature at its best. From photogenic pinnacles to the wide grasslands of the prairie, it is easy to see why Kevin Costner decided to use the park in his epic Dances with Wolves.

This unique landscape features in the scenes when Timmons takes John Dunbar on his wagon to the army outpost of Fort Sedgewick.

The Badlands are prime walking country and you're almost guaranteed to glimpse a herd of bison who once roamed this countryside in their thousands.

Around 1000 bison graze in the park.

Around 1000 bison graze in the park.

Observe the bison from a healthy distance - they can run at speeds of 64 km/h (40 mph).

Observe the bison from a healthy distance - they can run at speeds of 64 km/h (40 mph).

The park also protects one of the largest undisturbed grass prairies in the country.

The best access route is via the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) which winds past scenic lookouts.

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The pin on the map marks the lookout on Sheep Mountain. The dirt road is passable for normal cars up to the lookout sign but care should be taken.

Travel Tips

For hiking tips and information on the various sites in the park, check out the websites of Travel South Dakota or the National Park Service.

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