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Southwestern South Dakota

Sunday, August 22, 2004 - Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Park: #6

Established: 1939

Acres: 242,756

Annual Budget: $3,056,000 (FY 2004)

Visitation: 932,588 (FY 2004)

Highlights: Sharply eroded clay and sandstone buttes, pinnacles and spires, mixed grass prairie.

Location: Badlands National Park

Hours: Open all year

Phone: 605.433.5361

Fees: $10.00 - 7 Days, $20.00 - Annual, more.


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The Badlands National Park is famous for its fantastically eroded clay and sandstone landscapes. Fossils, 23 to 37 million years old, appear from eroded buttes and gullies. Buffalo, Pronghorn Antelope, Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, and other small prairie animals may be see throughout the park. Full access to the park is permitted on foot, whether it be backcountry camping or just a day hike. The Park Service provides many interesting and educational tours and presentations that help the visitor understand this unique, national treasure.

I spent three days in the park, focusing on a variety of venues including mountain biking, hiking and van touring.

The van's ready, so fasten your seatbelt. I can't wait to show you the most scenic section of the park.

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