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Millions of years of sedimentary layers, shaped by wind and water create a fascinating and diverse landscape. Take advantage of the pullouts for incredible views of this unique landscape. As well, there is a wide variety of wildlife, bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets. The Badlands is home to many fossilized creatures from the past, including dinosaurs. Fossil Trail is an easy, .25-mile boardwalk path that displays some of these fossils. Remember to always have water with you in this area — especially in summer as the heat is dry and intense and shade is not easily found. A full tank of gas is also recommended before driving into the Badlands.
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