||Badlands, Wall & Buffalo Gap National Grasslands
||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 Reservation Highway
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.