Without a doubt, one of the most historical and most visited areas of the Black Hills, the Badlands. In brief, this area was once inhabited by Native Americans for its resources, its location, and its convenience. The area has numerous wildlife, water spots, and mountainous vantage points, perfect for a tribe living out in the open.
Today, the area is recognized as the Badlands National Park and attracts visitors of all kinds. Whether you are wanting a drive with beautiful scenery, a thorough history lesson, or a hike, you will not be disappointed. Because the area is a national park, a pass must be purchased for the visit. For the average commercial vehicle the fee is $15 and the pass is good for seven days. An individual hiking or biking can get in for $7, again good for seven days. There are numerous trails for all hiking levels and detailed information and recommendations can be gained at the visitor center within the park.