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Dakota Badlands and Black Hills

Badlands, Devil’s Tower, Wind Cave, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park. This 7 day adventure is offered in July and features hiking, camping, wildlife.

Dates: July 15-21, 2017

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Day 1

Depart Rapid City 2:00 PM…

We’ll pick up you and your fellow adventures in Rapid City at 2PM. We’ll begin our journey with a stop at historic Wall Drug. We’ll continue on to Badlands National Park and visit Prairie Dog Town and several other scenic overlooks before settling in to camp in the park.

Day 2

Badlands National Park…

We’ll spend the day exploring Badlands National Park including Notch Trail and Medicine Loop. In the afternoon we’ll drive to camp near Devil’s Tower National Monument after a stop in historic and wild, Deadwood, SD.

Day 3

Devil’s Tower National Monument…

Devil’s Tower was the world’s first national monument due to its geological uniqueness and spiritual significance. Hike around the tower through forests and meadows and learn about its importance to the Lakota people.

Day 4

Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore

We’ll spend the morning at Crazy Horse Monument. You’ll be inspired by the monument and the stories behind the making of it. In the afternoon, we’ll explore Mt Rushmore. Tonight we’ll camp in Custer State Park.

Day 5

Custer State Park

Hike up Harney Peak, the highest peak in South Dakota for views reaching as far as the Badlands! Hike around beautiful Sylvan Lake or take a dip in its refreshing waters. This area is full of unique granite formations and wildflowers. In the afternoon we’ll drive the scenic loop and watch for  bison, deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, and wild burros roaming the beautiful meadows.

Day 6

Wind Cave

Explore Wind Cave on an underground tour. See the rare boxwork formations on a guided tour. Spend some time in the unique town of Custer State Park.

Day 7

We’ll roll back into Rapid City between 10-12 noon.

“Don’t cry because it’s over… Smile because it happened.” Dr Seuss


Trip Details

Arrival & Departure

Departs and returns to Rapid City, SD

Transportation

This tour features our unique Adventure Bus sleeper coach.

Accommodations

This tour features tent camping and bus bunking. We’ll provide the tents and sleeping pads. You’ll need to rent or bring a sleeping bag. Contact us for helpful hints on accommodations and flights before and after your tour.

Weather

Warm to hot days and cool to chilly nights are typical on this tour.

Food

Our meals are geared to provide you with the fuel you need to get through your active days, and yet still extremely tasty. We can accommodate all dietary needs.

Hikes & Difficulty

The hikes featured on this tour vary in length, technicality, and difficulty. 1-7+ miles. Each location has various hiking options, so there is always something for everyone!

What to Expect

After you make a reservation, a confirmation packet will be sent to you with more detailed information. Check out our FAQs.



Testimonials

“Thanks Steph and Ardell for another great trip. I look forward to coming back for a third trip in the future!” And in fact... Read more →

Itinerary

Adventure Bus Badlands

Day 1

Depart Rapid City 2:00 PM…

We’ll pick up you and your fellow adventures in Rapid City at 2PM. We’ll begin our journey with a stop at historic Wall Drug. We’ll continue on to Badlands National Park and visit Prairie Dog Town and several other scenic overlooks before settling in to camp in the park.

From the road

This unique bird is a Black Skimmer. You can find it and many other birds in Dry Tortugas National Park. fb.me/5Kio3PPFt Read more →

From the road

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Badlands Adventure Bus

Day 2

Badlands National Park…

We’ll spend the day exploring Badlands National Park including Notch Trail and Medicine Loop. In the afternoon we’ll drive to camp near Devil’s Tower National Monument after a stop in historic and wild, Deadwood, SD.

From the road

Herons, wood storks, anhingas, pelicans, gullinules and spoonbills are just a few of the birds you can see in… fb.me/yrU8HDM8 Read more →

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Devil's Tower

Day 3

Devil’s Tower National Monument…

Devil’s Tower was the world’s first national monument due to its geological uniqueness and spiritual significance. Hike around the tower through forests and meadows and learn about its importance to the Lakota people.

Testimonials

I had a great time once again on the Adventurebus!  I’m beginning to think that half the adventure is meeting all the personalities that come on the... Read more →

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Crazy Horse Tour

Day 4

Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore

We’ll spend the morning at Crazy Horse Monument. You’ll be inspired by the monument and the stories behind the making of it. In the afternoon, we’ll explore Mt Rushmore. Tonight we’ll camp in Custer State Park.

From the road

“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” Dale Evans Read more →

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Harney Peak

Day 5

Custer State Park

Hike up Harney Peak, the highest peak in South Dakota for views reaching as far as the Badlands! Hike around beautiful Sylvan Lake or take a dip in its refreshing waters. This area is full of unique granite formations and wildflowers. In the afternoon we’ll drive the scenic loop and watch for  bison, deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, and wild burros roaming the beautiful meadows.

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Custer Scenic Loop

Day 6

Wind Cave

Explore Wind Cave on an underground tour. See the rare boxwork formations on a guided tour. Spend some time in the unique town of Custer State Park.

Testimonials

“Thanks for everything! We had a fantastic time start to finish. See you next year.”   Graham and Ellen have been on our Grand... Read more →

Testimonials

Adventure Bus has been a Godsend to me.  I was pining away for a means to go camping and hiking and see the country’s... Read more →

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Boxwork Wind Cave

Day 7

We’ll roll back into Rapid City between 10-12 noon.

“Don’t cry because it’s over… Smile because it happened.” Dr Seuss