Badlands Standard Tour - Rapid City

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Overview

You will be taken to one of the most unique National Parks in America, the Badlands. The North Unit of the park provides magnificent views of the serrated spires, weather-beaten buttes, and multi-colored cavernous gorges. It's home to a diverse variety of vegetation and wildlife; prairie dogs, coyote, deer, and antelope. You will also stop at the Ben Riefel Center, which is a museum, the Wall Drug Store, famous old tourist trap that is worth the stop, and you'll visit the newest exhibit at the Minuteman National Historic Site. Remember, 'Duck and Cover.'  This tour uses full size vans and comfortable SUV's. There is also free pickup at your hotel at 9am with a return at 4pm. 


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Highlights

  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Lunch included
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The Badlands tour begins in the morning with pickup at your Rapid City hotel. If you selected a standard, small-group tour of the North Unit Scenic Byway, you'll travel with a maximum of eight participants in a 14-passenger van. During the 1-hour drive to Badlands National Park, listen as your guide discusses the history of the Badlands and answers any questions you have.

At the entrance to the park, you'll stop for photos and views at the majestic Pinnacles Overlook. Then your guide drives the Loop, stopping at several more overlooks on your way to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Here, you'll stop for a picnic lunch and have a chance to visit the museum before continuing on the Loop to Cedar Pass. At Cedar Pass, you will have the option to walk the short Window and Door trails.

Exiting the park, you'll continue for a few miles to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Information Center. Be prepared to revisit 1962 and the Cold War, including routine 'duck and cover' drills.

The final stop will be at the Wall Drug Store, a unique tourist attraction that offers shopping for anything you may think of, including 5-cent coffee and excellent doughnuts. You will be returned to your hotel in the afternoon.
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Inclusions for Badlands Standard Tour

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
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Exclusions for Badlands Standard Tour

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A maximum of 14 people per booking

A small amount of walking is involved

Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Tour was excellent. Highly experienced, friendly and helpful guide. Awesome sights to see. Felt totally safe and well cared for throughout trip. The tour company provided drinks, snacks and lunch. Vehicle was new, clean and safe, with plenty of room to be comfortable for a full day trip. Guide shared alot of info about the history of the region, gave us plenty of time for pictures and things we were particularly interested in. Highly recommend this tour and this tour company. Excellent experience all around.

  • We had a great experience with our Guide Dale. He is such a knowledgeable person. We learned so much about the badlands. The place is absolutely beautiful. Dale is a wonderful person and is very accommodating. Wall Drug was a nice tourist spot. Dale was right about the ice cream there, it was great.

  • Fantastic tour - very informative guide and even though I had been to the Badlands years past, this was so much better also enjoyed the lunch in the park. Sally and Katie

  • Our tour guide Dale was very nice and did a good job with driving and information. The Badlands is a must see. They were incredible. Wall Drug is just a tourist trap. They do have good ice cream and donuts. Other than saying I was there, it made very little impression on me, although they did have cheap souvenirs from all the main South Dakota tourism sights. Minuteman Missile was interesting, however please note you are not going to the silo, just stopping at the Visitor's Center. Lastly, the air conditioning in the vehicle was either not working or very poor. It was 105 degrees when we went on this tour. I see this as a comment in past reviews, so be very wary before booking this tour on a hot day. The roof is also plexiglass, which magnafies the heat.

  • Although we booked this tour 4 months in advance, we were seated in an old Ford van where the doors would not close correctly and the air conditioning did not go to the back seat. And it was in the 90s that day. The scenery was wonderful, the lunch was good, the driver was very nice, but could have provided more narration. Since we were in the van for a long period of time, it would have been nice to have air conditioning!!!!

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