Best national parks in South Dakota

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Best national parks (2)
#1 - Badlands National Park
South Dakota
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Badlands National Park in South Dakota are a visually fascinating and unique series of buttes and spires scattered throughout a sparse prairie. It has the world's richest fossil beds from the Oligocene epoch. Entrance Fees: Private Vehicle - $25.00 Fee covers the entry of a private vehicle and its occupants for 7 days Individual (Hiking, Bicycling, etc...) - $12.00 Fee covers the entry of an individual that is hiking, bicycling, etc... for 7 days Motorcycle - $15.00 Fee covers the entry of a motorcycle and its occupants for 7 days Commercial Sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity - $25.00 Commercial sedan, 1 to 6 passenger capacity. $25 plus $10 per person - 7 days for Original Manifest Commercial Van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity - $50.00 Commercial van, 7 to 15 passenger capacity; $50 - 7 days for Original Manifest Commercial Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity - $60.00 Minibus, 16 to 25 passenger capacity; $60 - 7 days for Original Manifest Commercial Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity - $150.00 Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity; $150 - 7 days for Original Manifest Entrance Passes: Badlands National Park Annual Pass - $50.00 This pass admits a single, private, non commercial vehicle and its occupants into the park. This pass does not include camping or give any type of discount at stores inside the park. Valid for one year from month of purchase. 25216 Ben Reifel Road Interior, SD 57750 Accessibility: The Interagency Access Pass for free or discounted admission for US Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities is accepted here. The Ben Reifel and White River Visitor Centers are wheelchair and stroller accessible and have accessible parking and bathrooms. The park introduction film includes closed-captioning and assisted listening devices are available for loan. Evening ranger programs at the Cedar Pass Campground amphitheater are accessible via a paved and lit path from the reserved spaces in the parking lot. Programs at the Fossil Exhibit Trail and the Ben Reifel Visitor Center are accessible for wheelchair users also. National park brochures are available in text-only, audio-described, and foreign language formats online or by mail. The Cedar Pass gift shop and dining room are wheelchair accessible and has accessible parking. The Bigfoot Pass Picnic Area has accessible parking, ramps, and an accessible vault toilet. The Cedar Pass Campground has two individual accessible camping sites and one accessible group site, and many other level campsites. The restrooms there are accessible. Additional accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm#:~:text=Most%20scenic%20overlooks%20and%20wayside,also%20accessible%20to%20wheelchair%20users. Show more
#2 - Wind Cave National Park
South Dakota
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Wind Cave National Park one of American's oldest national parks. Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, the park is known for its massive underground Wind Cave. The cave walls are filled with formations called boxwork and frostwork that appear in the shapes of honeycombs and needles. There are vast prairie's and pine forests rich in wildlife such as bison, elk and pronghorn antelopes. Please note that the park is free, but there is a fee for tours of the Wind Cave and the Historic Candlelight Tours. Fees range from $12 for adults to $6 for children and seniors. Children under 5 are free.Show more