There are some pretty amazing parts of the USA to explore, and Badlands National Park certainly doesn’t disappoint! It’s a pretty incredible experience to visit, and one that the whole family will enjoy!
The area is completely rugged, and has the WORLD’s riches fossil beds which date back an incredible 37-28 MILLION years! How amazing is that! Across the whopping 244,000 acres the whole family can learn the evolutionary stories of creatures such as the rhino and the hose. The area itself is incredible, with pinnacles, spires and buttes which have all been sharply eroded.
Did you know that the area was once roamed by those very scary looking creatures – the saber-toothed cat? Can you imagine what life would be like if they still existed today!
It’s not just the extinct animals that still call the Badlands National Park home. Today, you can still encounter a range of wildlife, including the bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, ferrets and those iconic bison! You certainly will want your camera for that!
There are a number of things that you can fill your day with at the national park. Why not drive the Badlands Hwy 240 loop road which gives you an incredible tour of the area that will show off it’s impressive landscapes! There is the ben Reifel Visitor Center where you can check out a range of interactive exhibits that focus on the prairie ecology, the cultural history as well as palaeontology.
Kids will love assembling a virtual skeleton on a touch screen, and even touch fossilized animal casts!
If kids love the fossils, the Palaeontology Lab is a great trip for them where they can see the palaeontologists at work as they explain about the scientific discoveries being made!
An amazing place for amazing families – like you!