Grasslands to Badlands

Total Miles


862.16 ft


2 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail starts just off Interstate 90 at exit 116 in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. It is a mostly straight trail southbound to the scenic drive through the Badlands National Park. It can be driven in either direction, but entering from the south end requires an entry fee to Badlands National Park. There are great views of the Badlands bluffs from below. There are a few side trails, but most are marked with no motor vehicle signs. At the north end, there is a Minuteman Missile historic site. The route is mostly flat but a few sections are deeply rutted and some spots appear to get deep mud after wet weather.


Wet weather, though not common in this area, can make the road impassable without 4WD. It is more likely to occur during spring snow melt. Several steep and narrow areas will take care but are not too difficult.

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