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Badlands Trail Map

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Download Region Map showing parks in South Dakota and Wyoming. When you travel to Badlands National Park and Black Hills Area in South Dakota, youll find monumental attractions are much like bison roaming wide-open prairies: theyre cluster close together and each is as equally majestic as the previous one. On eastern side, theres Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Badlands National Park, home to curious-looking hills with magical colors. Just north lies the quirky attraction of Wall Drug in South Dakota, popular rest stop known for its 5-cent coffee and Jackalope statue. Beyond lies Mount Rushmore in Keystone, SD, Hot Springs in, well, Hot Springs, SD, and two sites that give you a rare glimpse into the underbelly of Earth: Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. Come up for air and head to Custer for Broadway-caliber performances and wildlife viewing at nearby Custer State Park. Then head to Crazy Horse Memorial, largest Monument carving in the world. This sculpture of Oglala Lakota Chief Crazy Horse is still under construction. Head to Deadwoods cobblestone-line Main Street and Wild West reenactments. In Hill City or Keystone, board the 1880 Train.

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Rules & Tips

Following rules are to be acknowledged and respected by everyone entering the Badlands. By signing the release of Liability and Waiver, you agree that you understand and agree to obey all these rules. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to check-in without a parent or proof of legal guardianship. No one can check-in someone elses child without signing and notarize Consent Forms and Waiver, and Medical Info. All participants must fill out their current Waiver and check in at the office. Everyone 18 and older must show a valid ID at the time of check. All minors must bring sign and notarize minor Forms with them if not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All vehicles must display an orange safety flag. SUV / 4x4s and UTVs / Side by Sides must have a flag at least two feet above the highest point of the vehicle. ATVs must have a flag at least two feet above the helmet. All children's vehicles must have a standard 6 + pole. Flags are not required on dirt bike. Helmets ATVs and Dirt Bikes must wear helmets at all times when ATVs and Dirt Bikes are in motion. Side by Sides: Minors are required to wear helmets in Side by Sides; Helmets are optional in Side by Sides for Adults Any DOT approved helmet is acceptable. Seat belts must be worn at all times while driving on Badlands property. Infants and child passengers must be restrained in appropriate child safety seat. Everyone is required to wear a shirt and close shoes. Double Riding: No Double Riding is allowed on machines designed for one person anywhere on Badlands property. ATVs-Double Riding is not allowed on ATVs with add on seats. To ride Double, ATV must be built by a manufacturer as a two-up machine. No alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, or weapons are allowed on Badlands property. No person may be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any substances that may hinder thinking ability or reaction time. Coolers will be checked prior to entering the park. All SUVs / 4x4s must be registered and insure. ATVs should be registered according to YOUR State law. We are not a law enforcement agency. All SUV / 4x4s must have at least one tow point. Front and rear tow points are mandatory for harder trails, along with winch and locker. All SUVs must have the following: proper roll-over protection that includes passengers, battery tie down, seat belts for everyone in the vehicle, tow point, trash bag for liquid spills, and flag. Absolutely no sand rails or dune buggies are allowed in the Badlands. If YOUR machine is questionable, please call the Badlands office. The speed limit is 15 mph in parking areas and on all main and two-Way roads. All vehicles / machines must be in control at all times. Parking lots are for parking. No tricks or horseplay will be tolerate. Please be respectful, not cause commotion or damage to other vehicles. You will be held responsible. All trails are two-Way Use.

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Where are the Badlands?

I am still not sure if the Badlands are more like canyons or more like mountains; these buttes and pinnacles seem to have created a category of their own! Intricately carved cliffs of the Badlands exist due to significant erosion over time, and continue to erode today, further shaping canyons and spires. Quite frankly, it looks a bit like the mars or set of a science-fiction movie. But what are the badlands? Split it in two: Bad lands. French trappers in the mid-1700s had trouble traversing lands and called it les mauvaises terre, meaning bad lands. Later on, Lakota Native Americans begin calling it mako sica, meaning land bad. After spending a day on Badlands hiking trails, I can certainly see why early homesteaders called it the Badlands! If youre interested in learning more about geology or early inhabitant history, make your way to Badlands National Park Visitor Center. It is an incredible thorough and fascinating exhibit along Badlands Loop Road.

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Know Before You Go

Exit 8-Badlands Winter weary riders often travel to Cape Cod for early season riding. Cape has much to offer. For most of the Winter Capes Trails are snow free and dry. Then too, almost every town on the Cape has at least one really good Trail network to explore. Locals know where these are but most Off-Capers seem to focus on Otis in Falmouth and West Barnstable Conservation Area in Marstons Mills. Few will venture farther down arm of Cape to Nickerson State Park in Brewster, but few get to ride anyplace else. What shame! On Route 6 alone, Exit 1 & 2 lead you to Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich. Exit 3 to Scudder Creek, also in Sandwich. Exit 4 to Maple Swamp Conservation Area. Exit 5 to the aforementioned West Barnstable Conservation Area. Exit 6 to Hathaways Pond Conservation Area in Barnstable. Exit 7 to over 50 miles of Trails in Barnstable and Yarmouth at Willow Street. Exit 8 to Badlands in Yarmouth Port. Exit 9 to Route 6 Trails in South Dennis. Exit 11 to Test Track and Exit 12 to Nickerson State Park. If youve never heard of some of these places, but would like to explore them, and many others not mentioned here, or on the NEMBA site, join Cape Cod NEMBA Group Facebook page and ask locals for tour. To whet your whistle, let's take a look at just one of these riding gems, Badlands. The badlands are located in Yarmouth Port just north of Route 6. They consist of a vast network of trails on both private and public lands. They go on for miles. The Badlands Trail actually connects to trails leading all way back to Maple Swamp at Exit 4. That about 30 miles. Away Riding in the Badlands ranges from sublime to ridiculous. Many of singletracks are smooth and flowy, completely lacking in rocks or roots as they glide up, down and around some very gentile hills. On other extreme, ridiculous is the Badland Trail. Although the whole area is referred to by locals as Badlands, Badland Trail itself is a deviously constructed singletrack that winds itself over and around every defilement, rock, crevice and drop that could be found at long abandoned sandpit. Youll know when youre on it because it will be unlike anything else youve ever ridden. Ummmm-Or Walk, before. Fortunately, the Badland Trail is an exception. Most of area trails are quite suitable for all levels of riders, though some are quite hilly. Gently rolling hills become steeper and longer as you head east and they do add up. By the end of your ride, you'll be tire. A quick look at the map will show you that the Trail network is quite convolute. More than one day of exploring will be required to find out where they all go.

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