Located in extreme southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park is easily accessible by car either on S. Dak. 44 east of Rapid City, or off I-90 at Wall or Cactus Flat. Westbound I-90 travelers take exit 131 south (Cactus Flat) onto S. Dak. 240, which leads to the park boundary and the Ben Reifel Visitor Center at Cedar Pass. This road becomes Badlands Loop Road, the park's primary scenic drive. After passing through the park, S. Dak. 240 rejoins I-90 at exit 110 at Wall. Eastbound travelers do the reverse, beginning in Wall and rejoining I-90 at exit 131.
The Nearest Airport -- Rapid City Regional Airport (tel. 605/393-9924; http://www.rcgov.org/Airport, 10 miles southeast of Rapid City on S. Dak. 44, provides direct access to the Badlands, Black Hills, and Mount Rushmore. American Airlines/American Eagle, Delta/Skywest, United Express, and Allegiant Air operate daily flights to Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Car-rental companies at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
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