Badlands National Park Transportation

  • Lots of parking space in one of the Overlooks
    Lots of parking space in one of the...
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  • Typical Loop road scene near the Visitor's Center
    Typical Loop road scene near the...
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  • us arriving at our last NP of 2008
    us arriving at our last NP of 2008
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Best Rated Transportation in Badlands National Park

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    Drive yourself around

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 11, 2008

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    Lots of parking space in one of the Overlooks
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    We rented a small Nissan Vespa for our trip from Saskatchewan to South Dakota, and it served our needs quite well - other than the tendency to require quite a few stops for fuel. That was due to a combination of having a relatively small fuel tank and not knowing whether there would be any open gasoline stations in the small and sparse communities spread out across the Great Plains as we drove south.

    The car did not have cruise control for the long stretches of highway with little traffic but I didn't seem to have too much trouble holding it at a steady 110-kph (except when it encountered a serious climb!). The Vespa was just fine for driving the loop road in Badlands NP, but there were also large motor homes enjoying the scenery without any problems. Overall, our little car managed to average 12.7 km/litre or 36 mpg (30 miles per US gallon) for our cumulative driving distance of 2300-km. Rental cost from the National car rental agency in Regina, Saskatchewan was C$69 (US$65) for each of the four days we used it, including the cost of full insurance coverage.

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    Badlands is remote

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 28, 2009

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    Badlands National Park is in very remote South Dakota, not a place that mass transit has really taken hold. With such a sparse population, it's not likely to anytime soon. Getting to Badlands National Park as well as getting around it is most easily accomplished in your own vehicle. We were driving around the national parks of the western US for six months so a our car was the only logical choice and allowed us to carry all the gear we needed for our various endeavors.

    Typical distances: Badlands National Park Visitor Center to Rapid City-85 miles or 1.5 hours. Badlands National Park to Mount Rushmore National Memorial-100 miles or 2 hours. Badlands National Park to Orient, SD-220 miles or 4.5 hours. Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls-280 miles or 4.5 hours.

    Badlands National Park charges $15 for a carload of people to enter for up to one week. Motorcycles pay $10 for the same privilege while those on a bike pay $7. We were traveling with the American The Beautiful Pass which allows a carload of people to enter any National Park or Federally Administered Land for up to a year for $80. This is one of the great values in travel but beware, it will not help you at nearby Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This facility does not charge an admission fee which would be covered by this pass as it is a Federally Administered Land. What it does is charge a parking fee which is not covered by the pass. Pretty sly huh? Pretty petty I'd say.

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    Drivin

    by kazander Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    Now I always like to drive myself, or have Lou drive, when I go pretty much anywhere. I like the freedom of stopping anywhere I want for as long or short of a time as I want. So as usual we rented a car. I did see a tour bus or 2 when we were out there so you do have options if you don't want to drive yourself. We rented from Hertz. Many rental places are discontinuing their unlimited mileage option, so try booking through AAA if you have it. If you drive a lot like we do, it could save you a ton of money! We picked up our rental at the Billings, MT airport, but Hertz is widely available, They also have a rental office at the Rapid City airport and another office right in the town of Rapid City.

    AAA, for those of you who might not know, is the American Automobile Association. You have to be a member to book through them.

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    Driving to Badlands National Park

    by Rabbityama Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Driving Through the Badlands

    To get to the Badlands National Park, drive along I-90 until you reach exit 110 or 131. Turn off onto the exit. This will take you to Highway 240 and the Badlands Loop Road. Enter the Badlands Loop Road to enter the park! If it sounds complicated, don't worry! It's actually very easy to find, as long as you follow the directions!

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