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Fossil Exhibit Trail

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Address: Badlands National Park, SD
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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!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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SeaTac, Washington
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Nolensville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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harrisburg, PA
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank francetravel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

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

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SeaTac, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank 512kate
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Orlando
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Not exactly a hiking trail but lots of interesting information and an easy walk. Try to catch the ranger talk, it adds a lot to the experience.

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