Badlands Premium Van Tour: Guided National Park Exploration
38 Ratings
Rapid City
Experience the beauty of the Badlands National Park on a guided van tour. Explore scenic overlooks, visit historic sites, and capture stunning photos along the way. Comfortable transportation and a picnic lunch included.
Duration: 7 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Delta-09 Missile Silo - An opportunity to view down into the only Minuteman Missile Silo left. Park Rangers explain the history of that era.

*No Tours on Mondays & Tuesdays (Delta Closed)

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site - Short stop at location of 1950’-60’s Nuclear Missile Site. Small museum provides exhibits of the ‘Duck and Cover’ days.

*No Tours on Mondays & Tuesdays (Minuteman Closed)

  • Ben Reifel Visitor Center - Book store and museum. Features history of the Badlands and fossils found there.
  • Badlands National Park - We travel along the ‘Loop’ road along the ridges and down into the valley of Badlands Park. Six Overlooks make for great viewing and photos.
  • Pinnacles Overlook - Northwest entry to the Badlands National Park. Pinnacles Overlook provides spectacular viewing and photo ops.
    This is one of Six Overlooks we will be stopping at.
  • Wall Drug - Wall Drug is still famous for its free ice water, but is also a favorite stop for millions of tourists each year because it is a cultural and historical site while remaining a fun, relaxing break.
What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • National Park fees
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
Additional Information

Embarking on a guided journey through the Badlands can be an enlightening experience, as it incorporates transportation to the national park, an insight into its historical context, and the assurance of hitting all the top photography spots. The trip follows a meticulously planned itinerary designed to cover hidden gems that might otherwise go unnoticed. From breathtaking viewpoints, the renowned Wall Drug Store, to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site for practicing ‘duck and cover drills,’ the Badlands offer a delightful exploration.

The tours offer a blend of Leisure and Luxury. Lunch is provided picnic-style. Frequent stops are made for taking snaps and using restrooms.

*Turtle-Top Van - A brand new 14-seater executive vehicle.

*Honda Odyssey Minivan - Furnished with plush leather seats that recline, giving a smooth ride with refreshing air conditioning.

*Ford Transit - A full-sized mid-height touring van, originally accommodating 14 passengers, has been modulated to seat only 8, providing extra room, with large side windows for an enhanced viewing experience.

*Please be informed: Visits to the Minuteman Missile are unavailable on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
North Elk Vale Road
Near lobby front door.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(38 Ratings)
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Jun 10, 2024
Family Vacation - The vastness of the Badlands. Disappointed we were unable to see the Missile Silo site. Wall Drugs wish we had more time.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 9, 2024
Great day in the Badlands! - We had signed up for a group/public tour but were the only tour members for this trip so it became private. Crystal was so patient, so knowledgeable and willing to stop wherever we wanted for as long as we needed. Having never toured the Badlands, it was a terrific experience and Crystal was exceptional in her presentation through conversation and stories. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and would heartily recommend her to anyone who was considering this tour, It is worth every penny!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 6, 2024
Adventure of John & Sue - Tour Guide (Charlie) was very informative & explained all areas of tour (e.g., silo, Overview of Badlands was educational.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 3, 2023
An experience that exceeded our expectations. - Our tour guide Jeff was excellent. Very knowledgeable, personable, and really catered to what we wanted to do or how long we wanted stay at a specific place, etc. I will have to say he is what made our day an excellent+
Review provided by Viator
Sep 29, 2023
Our tour guide Julie was amazing! She was knowledgeable, engaging and competent. She customized the tour beautifully - Our tour guide Julie was amazing. She was knowledgeable, engaged and competent. She customized the tour to our preferences.
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Sep 7, 2023
Spectacular - Seeing the remarkable terrain Our tour guide,Joe was knowledgeable, patient, and really makes you feel like you are top priority. Just a great trip
Review provided by Viator
Aug 24, 2023
Good trip! - The Badlands are beautiful and we had a great time. Our driver was very nice and made sure everybody stayed hydrated on a super hot day there.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 5, 2023
Badlands tour - This tour was amazing!! Joe was the best tour guide, he was polite, laid back, knowledgeable, and let us do our own thing. And his sandwiches were soooo good!!!! We ran into him the next day at Mt Rushmore and he even remembered our names, super sweet! We highly recommend!!
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Jul 31, 2023
Badlands Tour - Mom & son - Joe was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and personable! My son and I had the best time in the Badlands. Highly recommended this tour and Joe!
Review provided by Viator
Aug 17, 2023
Tour was good - Not enough time at most locations to view and read displays. The driver was good but maybe a little rumor would be well received.
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minimum 2 guests
up to 15 guests
2 Adult
July 2024