Badlands and Wall Drug Tour
This is a narrated tour providing an abundance of information and stories about the Badlands and Prairie areas. We drive out through South Dakota ranch country toward the Badlands National Park. We stop at the Minuteman II Missile Museum to see the displays and video about the Minuteman Missiles that were in South Dakota for 30 years. Then we stop at the Prairie Homestead Sod House Historical Site where you will see how the early Homesteaders lived. Next, we enter the Badlands NP with a stop in the park at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center for about 45 minutes. There are restrooms, a great video about the plants, animals and formations, and displays about the plants, animals, fossils, and early history of the Badlands.
We drive the 30 mile loop road to Wall, SD with several stops at scenic overlooks and boardwalks for pictures and views of the dramatic landscapes of layered rock formations, steep canyons, towering spires, and mixed grass prairies. We usually see the prairie dogs, and sometimes see the Big Horn Sheep and some buffalo. This drive usually takes at least 1 hour or more.
We visit the famous Wall Drug Store where you can purchase a late lunch in their dining room. They still have the free ice water that made them famous, 5 cent coffee, homemade ice cream, cake donuts and good food. There is a huge Western art display, 25,000 South Dakota ranch brands burned onto the dining room walls, a silver dollar collection (oldest 1878) and many other shops, historic photos, and displays. After spending time in Wall we drive back to Rapid City, completing a large circle for a total time of approximately 7-8 hours.
The price is $145 per person plus 6% state sales tax. Guide gratuities are at your discretion. Lunch is at your own expense. We pay the admission into the park and Sod House and provide bottled water in a cooler and snack bars in our vans for you. You are welcome to bring your own snacks if you like.