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Old 03-22-2016, 10:13 PM   #1
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Best time for the Bad Lands

We are able to hit the road early June. Leaving Oregon, can anyone help with the best and worst times to arrive in the Bad Lands. We may be able to hold off till early fall if necessary.
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We are able to hit the road early June. Leaving Oregon, can anyone help with the best and worst times to arrive in the Bad Lands. We may be able to hold off till early fall if necessary.
First, there are badlands in quite a few places. If you mean Badlands National Park you should be able to get information about climate on their web page or by calling them.

It's quite hot there in the summer if I recall. I was there last October and it was chilly.
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Keep in mind that the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is August 8-14 and there will be hundreds of thousand of motorcycles all over the Rapid City/Black Hills/Badlands area.
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A good, or bad depending on your point of view, time to visit Custer State Park is the end of September. They have the annual Buffalo (I know, Bison, but they call it Buffalo) roundup the end of September. Very popular, and fairly crowded for a few days. We were there last year just after the roundup, and the park was very pleasant weather wise.
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Badlands Nat'l Park is not huge and can be done by driving from one end to the other in one day. This can be done at any time as you wouldn't be outside much. If you want to hike then stay in the park at their campground and tack on another day or two.

Each national park has an excellent nps website. Study them thoroughly for lots of good information. As mentioned, definitely avoid Sturgis rally time-period.


http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm

I hope this isn't your one and only destination for a trip. There are many nice things to see along the way.
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I was in Rapid City last summer for 8 days the end of June beginning of July. The weather there was great but that could very easily be different.
Badlands is a day trip unless you're planning to do some hiking. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, all great sights to see.
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Bad Lands Thanks

Thanks for the info, I will be looking at websites. This would be just one of many destinations we have planned in the area.
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Hi Andyfarmer,
Been to the Badlands NP many times. Hiked all over the park, seen the ranger presentation at the south entrance. If you are a windshield tourist, anytime is okay. If you are going to hike, May/June or Late September or Early October would be best. If you can, see the ranger presentation at the south entrance to the park. There is an amphitheater there where the presentation is given. I think only Alaska has a sky as dark as where the Badlands are. You will see more stars (truly awe inspiring) than thought possible. You can see Russian spy satellites fly over head. An evening to remember.
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I agree with Gary regarding times to visit and the incredible dark skies. Note that even on very hot days, the area cools down at night. If you can get a lot of windows open and run a fan off the battery, you can camp comfortably even I late June (we have done it a number of times).

As another "dark sky" place, go to Great Basin National Park or Joshua Tree National Park. Both are certified "dark sky" areas, and GBNP runs regular astronomy and telescope talks most nights.
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If you see some Buffalo in the badlands keep in mind what the buffalo said to his son when he went off to college.

Bison.
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Hi Andyfarmer,
I forgot to mention a little know but very historical place you may want to visit. On I 90 exit 131 is the eastern entrance to the Badlands. This exit also has the HQ for the Minuteman Missile NHS. Go to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) for information. This is an outstanding NHS. The only thing I can emphasize is one must make tour reservation well in advance.
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https://www.nps.gov/badl/faqs.htm

if you are a hiker spring or fall is better as it gets hot in the summer.
after the park it is a short ways to walls drug the biggest tourist trap in s.d but is kind of fun
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