"Wide open South Dakota" Badlands National Park by Toughluck

Badlands National Park Travel Guide: 148 reviews and 414 photos

Through the summer, the badlands can be a land of scorching heat and unmitigated heat. You'll hear that it's a 'dry heat'. Yes, so it's not as bad as a humid heat, on the other hand, 103 degree f (40 c) can burn exposed skin and cause dehydration in a half hour.

There are no trees, no shade and no relief from the heat beyond what the car air conditioner can do or getting into the visitor center or lodge store/restaurant. It's back and forth between the car and the overlook, and right back to the car.

We finally got there in the off season, when it was only in the 60's F (16 c). Wonderful hikes and many neat areas to see and walk through. We first went when our daughter (below) as only 9 months old. This trip, she's now 30 and we had a wonderful time hiking and talking.

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  • Pros:Amazing landscape and unique fossil history
  • Cons:Hot sun, little shelter
  • In a nutshell:You have to take your time and experience the place
  • Last visit to Badlands National Park: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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