A Day in the Dakota Badlands


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Nature and Wildlife, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes. Families with small children must provide car seats if needed.

Friendly: No.
Guests with mobility issues may be take the tour as long as they are able to enter and exit the vehicle with assistance.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent)

A land shaped by water and time.

Visit this ever-changing land where legends are born. Maca Siku as it was called by the Native Americans is a place of stark scenery, natural serenity and a soul-gripping sense of awe. This is a journey into, and not just a drive through, one of Nature's most remarkable places. There is a short museum visit, plenty of panoramic views of the distant Black Hills and the sculpted landscapes, short hikes if you want them and numerous opportunities for photographs and memories. This tour is designed to immerse you in the essence of this place and impart an understanding of those who call it home.

A quick stop at the Minuteman Missile Nations Historic Site and Wall Drug are also possible, or simply spend more time in the Badlands.


This tour is easily customized to accommodate your wishes.

1)Short visit to the Museum of Geology at the SD School of Mines & Technology. This is the research institution that gives us much of our understanding of the geology and paleontology of the Badlands;

2) Drive to the southern side of Badlands National Park and visit Sheep Mountain Table. Here you will experience a remote and unspoiled side of the badlands on gravel roads and very little traffic or human company;

3) Drive to the east gate of Badlands National Park to begin the tour of the Badlands Scenic Byway with your choice of hiking, Visitor Center, wildlife, and photography experiences;

4) Additional stops may be made at Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile Historic Site and the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands Visitor Center on the way home.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I pick up and drop off guests at all lodging and camping establishments in the Rapid City, Keystone & Hill City area. A meeting place can be arranged or an additional fee can be negotiated for guests staying in outlying areas.

End location: Your Rapid City, Keystone or Hill City lodging or camping facility or special arrangements made as above.

Duration: 9 hours

This tour has a highly flexible start time in the summer months when the days are long. I suggest we leave between 9 & 11 am when daylight is abundant. During the winter months I suggest we leave no later than 9 am.


This tour is conducted in a 2011 Honda Pilot SUV Touring Edition or 2004 Dodge Sprinter touring van. Both vehicles are air-conditioned and offer comfortable rides and large windows.

What’s Included

Other: All transportation, admissions, narration, interpretive services, healthy snacks, juice, bottled still-water.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 USD - Guests supply their own lunch, additional funds will be needed for souvenirs and other purchases.

What’s Extra

Other: Extra guests may be added (up to a maximum of 9 total) may be added. Contact guide for details.

A Recent Review of this tour

John did an outstanding job. He knew the area, the individual sites and all the necessary information need to make it an enjoyable trip.
S Jay Yost

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