Badlands National Park: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Badlands National Park: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 14.99 per person

Discover the unique Badlands National Park with a self-guided audio tour. Explore spots like Pinnacles Overlook, Panorama Point, and Bigfoot Pass and learn about the area's fascinating history.

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  • Explore a landscape like no other and find out how it formed
  • Spot bison, pronghorns, and bighorn sheep
  • Learn about the Lakota who once lived here
  • Watch a once-in-a-lifetime sunset over the Badlands’ rocky peaks
  • Uncover the prehistoric secrets of the Badlands’ many fossils
Full description
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour of Badlands National Park begins either in the town of Wall. (If it’s more convenient, you can also begin the tour from the town of Philip.) From there, you’ll head south into the park itself. Once you enter the park, you’ll have the option to take a quick detour to see a prairie dog colony at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. It’s a pretty uncommon sight, and I’d highly recommend it for any animal lovers! After that, you’ll reach Pinnacles Overlook, a fantastic place to spot bison or bighorn sheep. Don’t forget to bring binoculars just in case! Then there’s Ancient Hunters Overlook, where the ancestors of the Lakota once butchered bison they had killed in their hunts. As you drive, you’ll hear lots more about these hunters and their prey. Then you’ll arrive at Yellow Mounds Overlook, which really outdoes its unappealing name by revealing millions of years of geologic history! Homestead Overlook is up next. Here, you’ll learn all about how the Homestead Acts transformed the Badlands, and what they meant for the Lakota who were already living in the region. At Burns Basin, up next, you’ll get a chance to see the site of one of those 20th century homesteads once occupied by a sheep rancher. You’ll find something different at Prairie Winds Overlook, offering views not of rocky crags but instead of lush, flowing prairie. Believe it or not, these prairies are in danger of disappearing in the near future, making this spot even more special. Then there’s Panorama Point. The name of this one is pretty self-explanatory, so make sure to set your phone’s camera to Panorama Mode! At Bigfoot Pass, next, you’ll hear the tragic tale of the Wounded Knee Massacre, which took place not far from the Badlands. Then you’ll learn how to spot a golden eagle, one of the Badlands’ most majestic residents. The Fossil Exhibit Trail is up next, and it’s a must-see for anyone traveling with younger explorers. Here, you’ll uncover the history behind the many, many fossils and prehistoric creatures of the Badlands with an easy walk full of informational signs. After that, you’ll come across Saddle Pass Trail, a short hike that’s great for birdwatchers. If you need a break, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center is just beyond that trail. It even features a fossil lab for amateur paleontologists hungry for more knowledge! You’ll come to the Cliff Shelf Trail next. This unique trail takes hikers through a lush juniper forest to break up the harsh, rocky landscape. Then there are the trio of trails known as The Notch, The Castle, and The Door. Offering a variety of different lengths and difficulties, there’s something for everyone here! Finally, you’ll arrive at Big Badlands Overlook. This one really earns its name, and offers one of the best views in the entire park. Your tour concludes here.
  • A link to download the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password for your tour(s).
  • An audio guide, location-aware map, and storyteller — all in one mobile app tour.
  • Our mission: To explore the world and its many stories. Join us!
  • Excellent value: Buy only one tour per car. Don’t hassle with “per person” bus tickets.
  • Ease of use: Stories auto-play based on your location so you don’t have to do anything once you’ve started.
  • Offline map: Works without a cell signal or wifi once downloaded.
  • Hidden gems: Visit often-missed spots and enrich your experience with little-known history.
  • Flexibility: Explore at your own pace with no fixed schedule. Take a break, a hike, whatever, and pick up where you left off!
  • No expiration date: Your tour is valid for life. Listen whenever, wherever, and however often you want.
  • All-day support line: Call, chat, or email for help.
  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks.
  • National Park/attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations.

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at 1101 Glenn St, Wall, SD 57790, USA. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app (separate from the Get Your Guide app). Then, enter your unique password into the app and access your tour. These steps require strong wifi/signal. Once at the starting point at 1101 Glenn St, Wall, SD 57790, USA, the tour audio will automatically begin. Follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Downloaded app
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app tour with a map, audio stories, and images.
  • Access the tour on the Action Tour Guide app (separate from the Get Your Guide app).
  • Use the unique password received after booking to download & preview your specific tours before you arrive.
  • Start at the Starting Point. Follow the tour route. All audio stories play automatically based on your location.
  • Flexible schedule: Use it on any day and at any time, or over multiple days. No need to rebook if your travel plans change.
  • Lifetime access: Use it on your next trip here! This tour never expires.
  • Driving tours: Use one tour per car and connect to the car speakers.
  • Walking tour: Use one tour per couple and share headphones.
  • Get support by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.

Product ID: 441202