Private Jeep Tour: Explore Badlands Backcountry
27 Ratings
Rapid City
Embark on a thrilling private Jeep tour of the Badlands with Open-Top-Tours. Discover hidden gems, encounter wildlife, and learn fascinating history from expert local guides. Book now!
Duration: 8 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Scenic - Once a bustling railroad stop with hotels, banks, and bars, now a deserted ghost town.
  • Sage Creek Wilderness Area - A lesser-known part of Badlands National Park, featuring unique landscapes and wildlife like bighorn sheep, bison, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs. This is one of the park’s oldest areas, where most of the badlands formations have eroded, revealing Cretaceous sediments that support grassland soil development. The presence of Sage Creek attracts various wildlife, including bison, sheep, antelope, and deer. The roads are rugged but manageable for our Jeep Gladiators.
  • Roberts Prairie Dog Town - Our first stop is the Sage Creek Overlook, offering what many consider the park’s best views. Next, we visit the largest prairie dog town in the accessible areas of Badlands National Park. You’ll notice the high-pitched squeaks of prairie dogs and their dirt mounds. Prairie dogs create habitats for around 200 animal and plant species, so keep an eye out for other wildlife.
  • Pinnacles Overlook - The highest viewpoint on the Badlands Loop Road, offering sweeping views of the Sage Creek Wilderness area. On clear days, you can see the Black Hills on the horizon. You might spot bison in the distance and bighorn sheep, especially during lambing season from late April to early May.
  • Yellow Mounds Overlook - These oddly colored mounds are the result of an ancient sea draining away, with decaying plant chemicals turning the soil yellow, making for excellent photo opportunities.
  • Fossil Exhibit Trail - A fully accessible boardwalk featuring fossil replicas and exhibits of extinct creatures that once lived in the area. The .25-mile trail takes you through 75 million years of history.
  • Ben Reifel Visitor Center - The main facility in the park’s North Unit, where you can talk to rangers, explore museum exhibits, visit the Fossil Preparation Lab, and check out the Badlands Natural History Association bookstore.
  • Wall Drug - From its modest beginnings in 1931, Wall Drug has become a bustling oasis. Road-weary travelers stop here to refresh, just as they did over 80 years ago. Today, it attracts 2 million visitors annually.
What's Included
  • Exclusive Jeep tour with 2-6 guests per vehicle for personalized experience.
  • Complimentary bottled water to stay hydrated.
  • Tasty snacks provided.
  • Delicious lunch included.
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities Not Included
Additional Information

The renowned Badlands landscapes provide distinctive scenes at each corner. Our Jeep Gladiator journey presents a memorable off-the-beaten-track exploration teeming with bison, deer, prairie dogs, among other wildlife, along with expert insights from the region’s well-informed and seasoned local guides. It encompasses information about the formation of the Badlands, the area’s Native American historical background and the early 20th century settlers of the plains.

The opportunity to partake in guided hiking trails can be included in the schedule free of charge.

Common Cents Store & Deli
South Dakota 44
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
(27 Ratings)
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Aug 29, 2023
Great anniversary trip - We had the best time, Doug was an outstanding guide, professional, knowledgeable, and extremely patient. This is a quality company made up of quality people.
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Jul 3, 2023
Good time - We had such a good time. Rick was very knowledgeable about the park and the animals. We saw lots of bison, some pronghorn, prairie dogs, and various birds. Lots of great nature pictures were taken on this as well.
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May 27, 2023
Lot's of Buffalo and their babies! Excellent! - The tour and tour guide David were absolutely amazing! We did the 10:00 today. It lasted just a little over 2 hours and we were right in the thick of a large buffalo family and so many other animals. It was a really great experience thanks to David's experience and knowledge of where to find the buffalo! Recommend to anyone! Good time of year too because the babies were very young with some only a day old!
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Oct 23, 2022
Great Jeep Tour - Favorite part of the tour was the drive up Needles Point. Our guide Jeff was excellent. So much great information about the history of the area. He answered all our questions and was very good and sharing personal experiences we could relate too. This was well worth the money. It ended up being a private tour since no other parties signed up. We were able to see some Bison but there were not a lot out that day.
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Oct 7, 2022
Best way to see Custer Park - This was a wonderful way to see Custer Park. Our guide was terrific! He was insightful and showed us things we would never have discovered on our own. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the scenery.
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Oct 4, 2022
Guide Charlie makes the tour great - Great guide (Charlie). He knew a lot about the area. Extensive tour of the area! Pick up in Rapid City and return to hotel was what sold this trip for us.
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Sep 30, 2022
Tour with Jeff - Outstanding! - Our guide was Jeff and he was FANTASTIC! Very friendly and knowledgeable. Picked us up right at the hotel. Made sure we saw all of the "hidden gems". Gave a great recommendation for dinner. The tour itself was fabulous. So mich to see and learn about. Definitely recommend. Thank you Jeff!!
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Sep 24, 2022
Awesome Day - We lucked out with a private tour which made it more comfortable to speak and move about comfortably. You can’t beat the open back experience of being in a Jeep Gladiator.
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Aug 21, 2022
Great trip to get real feel for area. - Mike was great. His knowledge really helped us enjoy the area more. We really lucked out on the wildlife. Thank you so much.
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Sep 13, 2022
Amazing Trip fun for kids - It was very fun you got to see many different species of animals such as American Bison, Pronghorn Antelope, and Prarie Dogs. Overall a very fun experience no mater the age
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July 2024