The Badlands of South Dakota, a National Park, has  a 40 mile loop road through an eroded landscape.  
where many pullouts offer viewing of animals and of the eroded landscape.  The loop road makes a good option for east west travelers who can leave I-90 and enjoy the Badlands Sightseeing without backtracking.  A campground and RV park make a good stop: $10 per night, $5 with Golden Age pass.
($15 vehicle entry fee).
At the western end of the Badlands Loop road you find the town of Wall and its famous Wall Drug.
Five cent coffee, home made donuts, and acres of memorabilia for the shopper.
The Badlands lies at the southwestern corner of South Dakota near enough to Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Keystone and Rapid City to put plenty of activity within reach. For Interstate 90 travelers it is a good diversion and with its east west loop road it makes a handy detour while still keeping direction. Two campgrounds within the park, one suitable for RVs make Badlands a good stop: $15 per night.   ( $15 Vehicle Entry fee,  $10 Motorcycle,  $7 biker or hiker)
Primitive camping is without fee.  Inquire about Sage Creek back country camping.
The Badlands  Route 240 Loop Road

So called a Scenic by way because it allows you to leave route I-90 and sightsee along route 240  in The Badlands and then connect with I-90 again.
The eroded landscape on the southwestern corner of South Dakota  called the Badlands is  a popular stop on the way to Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Keystone or Bike Week in Sturgis
For Interstate 90 travelers, the 40 mile east/ west loop road will be a welcome  diversion from highway travel.
Getting to the Badlands: The nearest large city is Rapid City South Dakota. Air service reaches Rapid City from hubs in Denver and Chicago. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Rapid City take scenic Route 44 east to Interior and into the park on Route 377 to the National Park  Visitor center and campground.  An alternate route is to take Interstate 90 east out of Rapid City  to Wall and find Route 240 to the Park entrance and loop road.
Badlands Route 240 Sightseeing, Loop Road, Badlands Scenic By Way Photos  
The Route 240  Loop Road through the Badlands runs parallel to Route I-90 for forty miles.
There are many turnouts along the road for sightseeing and the viewing of animals.  Trailheads start at some of the pullouts, others have short trails into the eroded cliffs offering a closer look.  

. ( $15 Vehicle Entry fee,  $10 Motorcycle,  $7 biker or hiker)
Overlook on the Badlands Loop Road, Route 240
Badlands Route 240 Sightseeing turnouts on the Loop Road, the Badlands Scenic By Way  
Badlands Route 240 Sightseeing Loop Road runs through Badlands as the Scenic Byway.  This Scenic road allows you to leave route I-90 and sightsee along route 240  in The Badlands and then connect with I-90 again.  
Badlands
Loop Road Photos
How to Reach the Badlands:
  • Air
The nearest large city is Rapid City South Dakota. Air service reaches Rapid City from hubs in Denver and Chicago.
  • Auto
Rental cars are available at the airport. From Rapid City take scenic Route 44 east to Interior and the National Park  campground or take Route route 90 east to Wall and find the Park entrance and loop road.
Best Time To Visit Badlands South Dakota:
  • Spring
May 40 f at night 65 f days
  • Summer
The weather is perfect June, July, August but the mid day temperature can reach over 100f.   June is a wet month.   July and August can have thunderstorms with hail.  
  • Fall
September,  40 f at night 65 f days
  • Winter
Cold and winter snows possible October to April  Total snow 2 feet per year.
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