Local Area Attractions
Badlands National Park
Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. For more information, call (605) 433-5361.
Minuteman Missile Historic Site
This new attraction, located near the Badlands/White River KOA will be open for free tours starting on Memorial Day. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is one of the nation's newest national park areas. The tours (reservations required) will be conducted twice daily, Monday through Friday. Call 605-433-5552 for reservations or visit Minuteman Missile Historic Site online for more information.
Scenic Drive to Wall and Wall Drug
The Badlands loop road is a 35 mile drive with spectacular views that will lead to a world famous Wall Drug.
Badlands Helicopter Rides
For a bird's eye view of the Badlands and a simply awesome adventure, book a helicopter ride and see the Badlands in a most memorable way.
The Prairie Homestead and the Badlands Trading Post
The Prairie Homestead is one of the very few sod dwellings intact today. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's cultural resources worthy of preservation. In 1974 the Prairie Homestead was placed on this list. Visit the Prairie Homestead online for more information, or call (605) 433-5400.
Badlands Petrified Gardens
Open daily Mid-April to November 1. The Badlands Petrified Gardens offer an astonishing and unique view of the geological history of the Badlands area, including the largest display of petrified trees and prehistoric fossils found in the Badlands of South Dakota. Some of the exhibits include: Sealife fossils over 200 million years old, petrified trees over 60 million years old, fossilized remains of the Sabertooth Tiger, Bear Dog, Titanothere and others, fluorescent mineral display, large display of Badlands minerals and agates, extensive Rock and Gift Shop. For more information please call 1-605-837-2448.
Explore the Badlands on a trail ride with Hurley Butte Horseback Rides. Located just outside of the town of Interior on Highway 44. 605-433-5302.
Badlands/Whiteriver KOA is a well-known spot for birders. This oasis in the prairie is home to many species of birds, some which are not found anywhere else in the Badlands.
The Buffalo Gap National Grassland provides opportunity to explore the area off-road.