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Old 06-13-2015, 10:52 AM   #1
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trip through the badlands

leaving for mount Rushmore tomorrow and wanted to know if anyone has taken the scenic route 44 through the badlands, i am driving a 351 ds.
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Old 06-13-2015, 10:14 PM   #2
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That is a trip I want to do also in the next 2 years. Looking forward to any info the others have
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:53 PM   #3
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We did it a few years ago pulling a pop up with a mini van. It is well worth the ride. Parking lots could handle all sizes of rigs, and although steep in spots, nobody seemed to have a problem. It was a great side trip.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:22 AM   #4
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We will be doing that in July on a road trip from Yosemite to Nashville, TN.
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:28 AM   #5
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Did that trip last year in our F350 with a 21-foot Flagstaff bumper-pull in tow. As mentioned above, parking lots can handle up to a long Class A. No grades you can't handle. Take lots of pictures.

Also, be sure to stop at Wall Drug!

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We did the scenic route in 2013 with our 350 towing a Fiesta. A lot of twist and turns. We stayed At Sleepy Hollow CG. It's a block away from Wall Drug. We left the rig and went into the Park from the west. Don't forget to visit Prairie Dog Town in the Park.
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It a side trip that is very little out of your way and a must see. If you are going East to West you will see the visitors center as soon as you enter the park. They have a campground there at the visitors center.

The drive thru the park is easy for any size rig. Several pull-outs. When you exit on the West end you will exit at Wall SD. Wall Drug Store is worth a 3 or 4 hour stop. Couple campgrounds in Wall also.

Enjoy you trip.

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Old 06-14-2015, 01:44 PM   #8
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We did that route with an F-350 diesel, hauling a Puma 35"TT without any issues. I is truly a fantastic area to explore on the way to Wall Drug.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:46 PM   #9
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Love the Badlands

We love this stop and return for subsets and sunrises: http://bruceellingson.com/dpl.asp?image=17
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:53 PM   #10
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Badlands road

Read yesterday in the Rapid City Journal that the Badlands loop road may be closed for six weeks due to to the road slumping on one of the hills. When the crew went to repair the road there was a "lake" under the road which will have to diverted. You may be able to drive south on Highway 240 from Wall to the visitor center and then turn around and go back to Wall. It would be best to check with the park before you go.
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