Known as the Land of Stone and Light, Badlands National Park is one of the most epic sights in the Western United States. Once home to prehistoric creatures, this area is rich in history, with fossils, geological wonders, and plenty of natural sights to observe. This 244,000-acre park is home to abundant wildlife, including bison, sheep, ferrets, and others, making for unforgettable views and one-of-a-kind experiences. Looking for an utterly epic ride filled with icons of our past? A ride through the Badlands is in order, so open up your Thirsty Biker apps and let’s get down to business. As you envision yourself riding against the backdrop of some of the most mesmerizing geological formations, get ready for a compelling journey. In episode 37 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re going on a rugged ride through the Badlands in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Must-See Stops

Wall Drug

No trip to the Badlands is complete without a visit to Wall Drug in Wall, SD. An iconic tourist hotspot, Wall Drug welcomes approximately two million visitors annually. It features loads of shopping, dining, and fun for all ages. From books to hats, moccasins, and more, Wall Drug offers an eclectic mix of items reminiscent of the area’s rich history. Sit down and enjoy a meal, with plenty of delicious staples, like buffalo burgers, homemade donuts, and hot beef sandwiches washed down with a cool drink. For over 90 years, Wall Drug has been a pillar in the local community, showing visitors what it means to live and thrive in the Badlands area.

When looking for a small-town feel, head to Wagon Wheel Bar and Grill in Interior for homemade food and laidback vibes. From pizza to burgers, beer, whiskey, and more, taking a load off and recharging for the ride ahead is easy amongst friends at Wagon Wheel. Finally, when you enjoy charming service and a relaxing atmosphere, you’ll want to take a trip to Horseshoe Bar and Grill, also in Interior. Welcoming a variety of walks of life, from riders to hikers, this fine establishment prioritizes a good time and friendly faces. If you want to connect with bikers from all over, head to Horseshoe for fun.

The Ride

ride map

You’ll want to start on Highway 90, just north of the Badlands, and head south on 240 until you hit 344, then head west. Keep to the right at the fork in the road, jumping on NW 44. Follow this until you reach your destination. Prepare for a rugged yet beautiful backdrop that will treat you to iconic views and unmatched scenery. The roads are curvy, so you’ll need to pay careful attention to your surroundings, further enveloping you into the ride. Of course, peak time is during the rally, so if you’d like to connect with fellow riders, this is the perfect time to explore the area. There’s perhaps no ride that even comes close to a ride through The Badlands, so if you’re ready for epic thrills at every turn, open up your Thirsty Biker apps and let’s roll.

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