Scenic back roads in and around Badlands National Park provide an exciting back country experience for you and your dog. One of the favorites is the Old Northeast Road just north of Cedar Pass. This active ranch road takes you into the prairie and away from the highway. Dogs can sniff for rabbits and watch birds, while walking in the tracks of deer and pronghorn. One can sometimes pass cattle grazing the ranch land.
Be sure to visit in the off season. The nights may get below freezing but the days are cool and the sun is warm. The rest of the year is too hot to travel with your pet in the car and you are bound to run into rattlesnakes on the roads.
Check out superintendent's compendium 36 CFR §2.15 - Pets to learn more.
Badlands backroads are usually two-lane, gravel, and even. They can be difficult to traverse with a wheelchair due to the loose nature of the ground.
Last updated: April 19, 2021