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Badlands Loop Road

The main paved road in Badlands National Park is Badlands Loop Road. It essentially runs on the top of the Badlands "wall" with plentiful scenic overlooks. Take your time with this road and stop and see the sights. For a real treat, take this road just after a spring rain when the sum comes out and the colors really "pop". Use Badlands Loop Road as an introduction to this fantastic scenery, but see the rest of this wonderful area as well

Pinnacles Overlook
Pinnacles Overlook

Pinnacles Overlook, probably the most visited overlook in the park.

Approaching Storm from Pinnacles Overlook

Pinnacles Overlook, looking west toward the Black Hills.

Storms come will little advance notice in the Black Hills. A fine day can turn into a heavy storm within a few minutes.

In the Badlands, you can see storms over the Black Hills coming toward you hours before they arrive.

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Yellow Mounds (or Gold Hills)

Certainly a colorful section of the park.

Yellow Mounds.

Yellow Mounds or Gold Hills.

Yellow Mounds.

Yellow Mounds or Gold Hills, a deeper perspective.

Class C going through Yellow Mounds.

Class C going through Yellow Mounds or Gold Hills. If you are a member of Escapees and think you have seen this picture before, it was one on the cover of Escapees magazine.

Our Truck at Yellow Mounds.

Our truck at Yellow Mounds or Gold Hills.

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Conata Basin Overlook

Gives an overview of the Yellow Mounds, among other things.

Conata Basin Overlook

Conata Basin Overlook. 

Conata Basin Overlook

Conata Basin Overlook. Yellow Mounds featured prominently.

Conata Basin Overlook

Conata Basin Overlook. Wide Angel.

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Ancient Hunters Overlook

Ancient Hunters Overlook

The Ancient Hunters Overlook has an inspiring view.

Ancient Hunters Overlook

You can feel the early hunters tracking large game like bison from the site and almost hear them planning their strategy for feeding their families.

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White Water Valley Overlook

Badlands National Parks has many overlooks, especially on the Badlands Loop Road. This one is a favorite.

White River Valley  Overlook

White River Valley Overlook.

White River Valley  Overlook

White River Valley Overlook. Notice safe grazing area for Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep.

White River Valley  Overlook

White River Valley Overlook. Closeup of safe grazing area.

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The Badlands Loop Road has many overlooks and is the head of several interesting trails, including the Fossil trail.

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