A Geological Marvel
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.
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) Possible additional stops include Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile Historic Site and the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands Visitor Center.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
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.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - Guests supply their own lunch, additional funds will be needed for souvenirs and other purchases.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
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Thank you to Cindy for a wonderful tour. Cindy is a delightful host who knows South Dakota inside out! Totally recommended!