Buffalo grazing on the prairie along the Sage Creek Rim Road, Badlands National Park, Black Hills, South Dakota.

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Sage Creek Rim Rd

South Dakota

The portion of the Badlands west of Hwy 240 along this gravel road is much less visited than the sights of the Badlands Loop Rd. There are scenic overlooks and stops at prairie-dog towns; this is where most backcountry hikers and campers go to escape the crowds. As there is almost no water or shade here, don't strike out into the wilderness unprepared.

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