Private Badlands Tour: Explore with GeoFunTrek Experts
18 Ratings
Rapid City
Embark on a private Badlands tour with GeoFunTrek experts. Explore the secrets of this unique landscape with knowledgeable guides and create lasting memories with your group.
Duration: 9 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Museum of Geology - “What the mind does not know, the eye cannot see”, is especially true of the Badlands. Here is where the veil of mystery will be lifted from the Badlands and its secrets revealed. This is the scientific institution where the geology and paleontology of the Badlands were defined and understood. The time spent here with your local experts will open your mind to what is to come.
What's Included
  • Bottled water included
  • Complimentary snacks provided
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
Additional Information

The Badlands hold a treasure trove of mysteries best revealed and demystified by an experienced guide. Guides at GeoFunTrek Tours are local mavens, boasting decades of experience. We do not employ seasonal, part-time, or intern guides. This family-operated business runs all tours by family members: Cindy, Christopher, and John Esposti. Our expertise and proficiency ensure a memorable day out. With GeoFunTrek Tours, you always engage with the top team!
All tours are PRIVATE TOURS, reserved for the group making the booking with no extra guests included. One adult must accompany minors. Infants aged 3 and below are free of charge and are allocated their own seating. When necessary, it’s the family’s responsibility to provide child car seats. Our most spacious vehicle is a 9-seater Sprinter van. Larger groups can arrange for bigger transportation or we can supplement with a Honda Pilot. This tour is ideal for families spanning three generations, groups of couples, and friends.

  • GEOFUNTREK TOURS SAFETY UPDATE COVID-19 Your comfort and safety are our primary concern. Take a private tour, limited to your group only and enjoy the day. We have only three guides: John, Chris & Cindy. They are family members from the same household. They constantly monitor each other’s health. So even when not at work “THE BOSS” is always watching. We do not have vehicles with a wheelchair lift. We can accommodate a folding wheechair and the guest must be able to enter and exit the vehicle on their own. We will gladly assist with any needed assistance and pushing.
Museum of Geology
501 East Saint Joseph Street, 3rd Floor of O'Hara Builidng on SDSMT campus
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(18 Ratings)
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Oct 20, 2023
The Badlands are GREAT! - A great day exploring the Badlands. Chris was our guide for 2nd day and his was terrific! Very interesting geology. Enjoyed the Geology museum and Minuteman Missle site/museum was very interesting. Definitely recommend this tour! Private tours the best!
Review provided by Viator
Oct 10, 2023
Outstanding tour and guide - Wanted to give a big round of thanks to our guide Chris for an A+ tour of the Badlands. Although the scenery alone can only be described as stunning, Chris’ commentary and insights added so much to our day. Visited a fossil /artifact/geology museum to get an understanding of how the badlands evolved, a wonderful burger and fry lunch in Wall, and then a drive through the Badlands that culminated in a view of sun setting over this beautiful park. Chris was knowledgeable, fun and so friendly! Having a driver allowed us to see all the highlights and allowed everyone to enjoy the trip without the stress of searching for sights. Booking was great, follow thru perfect. Would absolutely recommend… and see the Badlands… like a surreal landscape like no place else I’ve ever been.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Oct 10, 2023
Spectacular Experience!!! - Cindy is the best tour guide you will ever have the good fortune to meet! We took a Badlands tour with her at the end of September on the last day of our vacation and she was absolutely fantastic. It is quite evident that she has spent a lifetime in tourism and is an expert in her field. She educates you with knowledge about the Black Hills and Badlands areas and you enjoy every minute. We told her what we most wanted to see and she went above and beyond to make our day perfect. Look no further if you want the best tour possible. Thank you Cindy!
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Sep 27, 2023
Fantastic Tours with GeoFun Trek Tours - One word, Fantastic! My family and I booked two tours with GeoFun Trek Tours. Our first tour was to the Northern Black Hills with John as our tour guide. Knowledgeable does not even begin to describe John. Through his knowledge, love of the area, and the poetry he recites made for a fantastic day. He was patient, understanding, and allowed us to make it a very personal and special private tour. Our second tour was to the Badlands with John as our tour guide again. Through his knowledge of this area, his ability to communicate this knowledge and share his experiences was unbelievable. His passion comes through which allows one to see it through his eyes not as a tourist. Again, an unbelievable tour and experience.
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Aug 29, 2023
Fun, knowledgeable, flexible touring that is worth every penny! - My 12-year old and I spent an incredible day touring with Cindy. She is incredibly knowledgeable, flexible and thoughtful (and attentive to restroom stops!). Cindy took the time to understand what we were interested in seeing and tailored the day to us. We experienced places we wouldn’t have thought/known to visit on our own and especially loved learning about how the Badlands were formed and what we were looking at in the layers of rock. And, we were very fortunate to see big horned sheep and buffaloes! We highly recommend GeoTrek Tours - worth every penny!
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Aug 28, 2023
Great day in the badlands - Great tour with Chris who was excellent and very knowledgeable. Chris went out of his way to ensure we spent sufficient time at the places which we particularly wanted to. Would definitely recommend this tour.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 21, 2023
Great Badlands Trip - Minuteman missile base The striking scenery of The Badlands Chris was s wonderful tour guide from Geo Tours. He had special insights with regard to the various aspects of our tour snd gave us ideas for our own “free time” the next day.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 8, 2023
Highly Recommended!! - We were fortunate to choose this tour and this guide, John. He was fantastic, very knowledgeable, professional, friendly, insightful, and extremely accommodating. John visibly enjoyed sharing with us the beauty of the area, with the geological and historical information, stories, and even poetry. We not only enjoyed beautiful scenery of Badlands, but also did short hikes, and met bison herd, antelopes, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs. We started our tour at the museum of geology, where John intelligibly explained to us the geological history of badlands. We visited Minuteman Missile National Historic Site - deactivated missile launch site. We also saw widely advertised the Wall Drug Store. It was a pure kitsch, but the story of the business success behind it John relayed to us was amazing. It would be great to have John as a guide in every city we will visit. Tanya & Peter
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Sep 9, 2022
A worthy guide for such a spectacular place - Our group of 7 seniors is still delighting family and friends with kind words about Cindy and our Badlands tour. Not only her knowledge but also the pleasure she has in sharing the history of her area, its beauty and geology made our day one of the best in our first visit to South Dakota. From our first contact to John to our goodbyes with Cindy after the sunset, every plan we suggested was shaped just for us. It was a great and beautiful day! Thank you, Cindy!
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Jul 6, 2022
We Loved it! - This tour was awesome. Cindy was very knowledgeable about the area and we enjoyed her expertise. Must do!
Review provided by Viator
Select Date and Tickets
up to 9 guests
1 Adult
July 2024