||Badlands, Wall & Buffalo Gap National
||About 5 hours
|Best Time To Go:
||Anytime, but the Badlands are best
seen when the sun
is low in the sky
|| If you
are driving to the Black Hills from
the east along I-90, the easiest way to visit the
Badlands is via the Badlands
Loop, Highway 240. If you are west bound you exit
I-90 at milemarker 131
and return to I-90 at marker 110. This
itinerary is suggested for
those who wish to take a closer look at the
badlands or may have traveled
here from the west or south.
Note: When driving,
always stay on improved
roads in the Badlands. The soil there really turns
into awful mud when
it rains and even four-wheelers have been known to
get hopelessly stuck.
This route takes you through the Stronghold Unit
of the Badlands National
Park which is less frequently visited by tourists.
It involves driving
about 20 miles on gravel roads, so if you worry
about paint chips, we'd
suggest you take the I-90 route. Also to be fully
appreciated, the Badlands
should be walked.
From Keystone take
Highway 40 east to Red
Shirt in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Follow
41 south to Reservation 2. Follow Highway 2 east
to the White River Visitor
Center. Take Reservation Highway 27 North to
Scenic then follow Highway
44 east to Interior. At Interior jog north and
Join the Badlands Loop Highway
(240) as it heads west toward Wall.
This route takes you
through the Buffalo
Gap National Grasslands and also near Wounded
Knee. This is a sparsely
populated area so make sure your vehicle is in
good working order before
you try this.
At Wall, be sure to stop
at Wall Drug and
maybe some of the other downtown stores.
Follow I-90, 16 and 16A
back to Keystone.