Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. The Park's 244,000 acres are habitat for bison, bighorn sheet, prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, as well as hundreds of bird species. Their visitor center at Cedar Pass is open all year. For more information, call (605) 433-5361. (National Park Service photograph)
The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center is located less than 30 miles from Badlands/White River KAO. It opened on November 24, 2014. The Visitor Center tells the story of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system and its role in the larger context of the Cold War. This facility is the best place to begin a visit to the park, with launch-site tours. Call 605-433-5552 for reservations or visit Minuteman Missile Historic Site online for more information.
World renowned Wall Drug has been a Great Plains destination for decades. It is a free family attraction that includes an old-time five-and-dime, art gallery, animated dinosaur exhibits, gift shops and restaurants. Picture-taking props, gem panning, mine tours! 5 cent coffee! Free ice water! Old fashioned Soda Fountain. 605-279-2175. http://www.walldrug.com/
The Badlands Loop Road is a paved 35 mile drive with spectacular views. The beauty of the scenery will take your breath away, and if you are looking for 'twisties' to bike around, this road will not disappoint. It leads to Wall, SD, and the world famous "Wall Drug".
In Wall, learn the unforgettable story of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Experience the narrative museum through vivid graphics, photographs and shocking firsthand accounts. Seasonal hours. Go online http://www.woundedkneemuseum.org/ for more information.