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Fossil Exhibit Trail

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Address: Badlands National Park, SD

Quarter-mile trail with remnants of fossils.

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Easy trail to walk

Easy trail to walk & close to the main road thru the Badlands. Sept a good time to travel due to milder temps & less traffic!

Reviewed 27 October 2016
SeaTac, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had fun exploring this area. There are fossil exhibits and a boardwalk. We went off the beaten trail to explore. Found it to be amazing fun.

1 Thank Jason B
Nolensville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Scenic, awesome, informative, nicely set up and maintained. Scenic drive was enjoyable - easy to use.

Thank 2CanStan
Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Yup, it's true that there are no actual fossils lying around to be eroded by people and the elements. Instead, the walk presents excellent bronze casts of the area's discovered fossils and impressions, organized by time and eventual path of the animals: evolve, leave or die off. The walk was one of the most powerfully impressive aspects of the Badlands... More 

2 Thank Nightsinge
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237 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Two large rams in fact. The fossil exhibit is interesting and educational as well. Nice place to take an easy walk.

Thank William O
harrisburg, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

If you are driving by, might as well stop, but there is better scenery once you get farther into the Badlands. There was a little information on some fossils which was fairly interesting but I've seen better.

Thank francetravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

The trail is not long and you have great view along the way. You can see vast diverse geographic situations.

Thank Yali L
SeaTac, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Easy trail to walk & close to the main road thru the Badlands. Sept a good time to travel due to milder temps & less traffic!

Thank saldaniels
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This is a super easy, quick walk on a man made boardwalk. There are bathrooms and a few areas to picnic. The kids had a fun time reading about the different animals that used to live in South Dakota.

Thank jfun4
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Some guides are better than others, but for most of us, it will be the best chance to see and touch real American fossils. Kids get a brief but interesting history of prehistoric life and an introduction to climate change. Do not come expecting to find a previous unknown life form, although that does happen. Mostly come to understand how... More 

Thank 512kate
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The kids love climbing around at this spot, and the board walk has some great fossil info! It also explains the layers of badlands.... better then any description you can find anywhere else! Great educational fun place to stop!

Thank Emily F

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